Q&A Forum Panel Members

Announcing our Q&A Panel members for the session on Friday 4th September at 11:45am.

The session will be facilitated by Graeme Rayner, and it will give delegates the opportunity to hear the views of four leading industry identities speaking on our theme ‘Right here, right now : it’s a devil of a time in libraries’.

Following the panel presentations delegates will be invited to ask questions of the speakers. If you prefer, you can also send questions prior to the Symposium commencing, these will be asked on your behalf. Please email questions to alialibtech2015@gmail.com with the subject line: Q&A panel question, also include the panel members name you are directing your question to if applicable.


 John Shipp

John is the current President of ALIA   His initial career was as a primary teacher.  He retrained as an archivist and has been part of the library and information profession for almost 40 years.  During that time he has been an archivist and university librarian at the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney.  John was president of the Council of Australian University Librarians from 1992-1996 and president of ALIA in 1998.  John volunteers as manager of the Illawarra Museum in Wollongong.

Throughout his career, John has focused on improving the quality of, and equity of access to, information particularly within the education sector. He has promoted the role and importance of information professionals in the online environment and advocated investment in the national information infrastructure.

 Juliet Webster

 Juliet Webster is the Parliamentary Librarian, Tasmanian Parliament  since January 2001. She has worked since the late 1960s in a variety of special libraries and also at the State Library of Tasmania at different times.  The experience Juliet has had over that time has given her a good insight into changing work processes, client needs and appropriate services and service delivery standards.  The specialist information needs of Members of Parliament has provided a challenge for us to deliver a service that meets their needs and timeframes.

Dr Jill Abell

Jill Abell is the Director of Information Services & ICT at The Hutchins School, Hobart.  Jill has a background in teaching, teacher librarianship, systems and software project management. She has worked in government schools, colleges and curriculum and ICT consultancies prior to the current appointment at The Hutchins School, a K-12 Anglican Independent boys’ school.  She is a member of the peak national educational and library associations and takes an equally active role in the professional learning communities of international schools, libraries, archives and IT educators for information governance.

Helen Ebsworth

Helen has been an educator and librarian for over 30 years and has worked in a range of settings and sectors including schools, Vocational Education and Training and community education. She is interested in exploring how collaboration between libraries, other institutions, community groups and individuals can encourage people to engage, bringing social and cultural benefits to the entire community.  She currently manages regional services in LINC Tasmania.