Truth or Dare Data

kvisser (2)Is research data the next big thing in public libraries? Citizen Science and open data movements have opened the world of research to the general public, but how does this fit with your library? Karen Visser, of the Australian National Data Service will be presenting on this important topic at the upcoming QPLA Conference and show the key role public libraries can play in supporting your communities to use and contribute to scientific research.

Karen Visser is the Program Leader, Skills Policy Resources at the Australian National Data Service. Karen is a Librarian who works with librarians, data managers and researchers across Australia to help build our national data portal. Research Data Australia has over 100,000 data contributions from over 90 Australian universities and research institutes and is growing daily. She has a background in education, training and librarianship in both universities and schools.

Mapping the road to digitisation

JimAvantix (2)The reason for digitising archival documents is well documented – all that now remains is to ensure that the digital image lives up to expectations.  In his session at the upcoming QPLA 2015 Conference ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel : A roadmap to digitisation’, Jim Cohen will explore reasons why certain digitisation projects do not meet expectations and how to achieve success. Learning from past experiences, discover why it is not JUST about the machine and that greatest contributor to a successful project is the combination of people and processes.

Jim Cohen has headed up Strategic Engagements for Avantix (formally Scan Conversion Services) for the past three years.  With a passion for the importance of historical documentation, he has become the champion within the business, and brings to life archival documentation which would otherwise be left dormant – invisible to the broader public.

Digital, disruption and community

Will-DaybleDisruption is both terrifically misunderstood, and terrifyingly prevalent. But looking beyond the buzzword, what impact does innovation have on community and its stewardship? Will Dayble will keynote at the conference, leading us through the emotion, environment and practice of innovation, where we find that the map is most definitely not the territory. Will is a tech geek turned social entrepreneur and delivers masterclasses on digital disruption, tech strategy and leadership issues with both corporate and the social startup community.

The Resilient Librarian

kirsty ocallaghanAs a librarian you’re often pushed to the limit. The romantic notion of doing what you love has been combined with doing tasks that are outside your comfort zone. You may be dealing with too much change, there is too much to learn, and you are struggling with a lack of confidence and resources to build better relationships and connections. Then just when you think you have got the mix right – an unexpected situation arises that leaves you overwhelmed.

We are pleased to welcome Kirsty O’Callaghan to the 2015 QPLA Conference to talk on this very important topic. Kirsty began her business nearly two decades ago to help people live more positively, less stressfully and with more health and happiness and is now recognised as a leader in her field. In this session, Kirsty will show you how you can respond to these situations, build your capacity, personally and professionally, to change, to grow and to expand – To Become The Resilient Librarian.

Robots are coming to Redcliffe!

robots mailchimpCome along to the 21st Century Robotics Workshop with presenters Tracey King, Gavin Elliot and Nicolette Venn, to see the latest robotic technology in action with demonstrations of Ozobots, the world’s smallest smart robot and the cutting-edge NAO humanoid robot. Discover how this technology works and what social and learning benefits they can provide for your library and community members.

Tracey King, Coordinator of Collections and Services and Gavin Elliott, Digital Services Librarian for Noosa Library Service have been passionately working on our new robotics program, a first for Australian Public Libraries, which uses a humanoid NAO Robot the size of Tracey’s 4 year old child.

Nicolette Venn, State Manager QLD & NT at Digital Careers is responsible for  increasing student engagement in technology focused activities and raising the profile of Information and Communication Technology related careers to students across Australia.

Don’t miss out on a good deal! Early Bird registration ends next Monday 14 September. For more information on the QPLA 2015 conference, visit the Partners in Time website

Conference Early Bird Closes Today!

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Today is your last chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2015 Queensland Public Libraries Association “Partners in Time” Conference in Redcliffe, October 19-21.

The conference program includes an exciting mix of international and Australian speakers presenting keynote speeches and workshops, and opportunities to network and discuss key issues with colleagues.

Information about the conference, including how to register, can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Redcliffe in October.