NSLA heads north

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NSLA CEOs in Brisbane

Image: NSLA members in Brisbane, clockwise from front left: Liz Jack, Libraries Tasmania; Margaret Allen, State Library of WA; John Vallance, State Library of NSW; Kate Torney, State Library Victoria; Patrick Gregory, NT Libraries; Vicky McDonald, State Library of Qld; Kate Irvine, NSLA; Geoff Strempel, State Library of SA; Vanessa Little, Libraries ACT; Marie-Louise Ayres, National Library of Australia.

Queensland was the place to be when hundreds of representatives from Asia-Pacific libraries gathered at the Gold Coast for the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference (APLIC), and associated events.

NSLA CEOs took the opportunity to meet at the State Library of Queensland on 26-27 July, on their way to the Gold Coast. Discussion at the two-day meeting focused on:

  • Pacific library services
  • national research infrastructure
  • strategy and workforce planning
  • collaborative library services.

Members endorsed the plan for the Indigenous Cultural Competency project, which will be delivered across our libraries over the next four years – more information will be shared about this project soon.

The meeting was also an opportunity to formally farewell Bill Macnaught (Chair of NSLA during 2017) as a regular member. The National Library of New Zealand has left NSLA but will still join NSLA meetings and activities from time to time.

On 29 July, NSLA members attended the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit on the Gold Coast where there was strong support for linking the work of libraries to the 17 SDGs. The keynote was given by Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre for the region, and the closing address by Opeta Alefalo, Chief Archivist, Fiji.

Libby Cass and Anna Raunik at APLIC
Libby Cass and Anna Raunik with the NED poster at APLIC

NSLA libraries were well represented in APLIC’s three-day program, including:

  • a NED poster session (pictured above) led by steering group members Libby Cass of NLA and Anna Raunik of SLQ
  • Professor Rebecca Giblin presenting on first wave of results and analysis from the e-lending ARC project, of which NSLA is partner. The project website, featuring e-lending data and interactive dashboards, is live at http://elendingproject.org/
  • Margot Reilly, cultural historian at SLNSW, talking about the development of the Portrait Detective website, which uses detailed analysis of images of Australian people dating from 1788 to 1955 sourced from the library’s collections to form an authoritative and historically accurate reference resource of the changing appearance of men, women and children in NSW over time
  • Maeva Masterson and Carol Stableford from Northern Territory Library presenting on the partnership between the library and East Arnhem Regional Council to develop a new way of classifying Aboriginal community collections in Yolŋu Matha according to local cultural concepts at the Galiwin’ku Community Library
  • the national librarians plenary panel, where NLA’s Marie-Louise Ayres, NLNZ’s Bill Macnaught and National Library Board of Singapore’s Elaine Ng provided insight into the issues they face in leading the sector, the risks they take, and the passion they bring to their roles.