Speaker Profiles

MEB_photo_lgMary Ellen Bates

Mary Ellen Bates is widely known as a leading business analyst, consultant and librarian. She has written seven books, hundreds of articles and white papers, and has provided expert comment on research topics to many media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Business Week, Forbes, National Public Radio, Wired, Computerworld and more. Mary Ellen has served twice as the president of the Association of Independent Information Professionals, and has received numerous awards from the Special Libraries Association during her career.

JimAvantix (2)Jim Cohen

Jim Cohen has headed up Strategic Engagements for Avantix (formally Scan Conversion Services) for the past three years and his presentation ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel : A roadmap to digitisation’, will explore reasons why certain digitisation projects do not meet expectations and how to achieve success. With a passion for the importance of historical documentation, he has become the champion within the business, who brings to life archival documentation which would otherwise be left dormant – invisible to the broader public.

Will-DaybleWill Dayble

Education, zeitgeist(s), disruption, connections, are all elements that has Will suggesting we are at the breaking point for many big things. He’ll excite you around what happens next. Passionate about making the world better, Will’s a pioneer, not a settler, who speaks on hype, style and disruption at events worldwide. Will is a tech geek turned social entrepreneur. He delivers keynotes and masterclasses on digital disruption, tech strategy and leadership issues with Fortune 500 companies. Digitally Will is on a few advisory boards, speaks internationally, and is a featured writer across various mediums. Client include folks like the Centre for Workplace Leadership, The Climate Council, Commonwealth Bank and a slew of not for profits.

robots mailchimpTracey King, Gavin Elliott and Nicolette Venn

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.

kirsty ocallaghanKirsty O’Callaghan

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. Kirsty will cover the very important topic of coping with change and developing the resources to build better relationships and connections and give practical advice on how to respond to these situations and build capacity, personally and professionally, to change, to grow and to expand into a Resilient Librarian.

pamryanPam Ryan

Pam Ryan is Director, Collections and Technology, at Edmonton Public Library.  She is responsible for a portfolio that includes the Collection Management and Access Division, the IT Services Division and the Web Services and Digital Literacy Initiatives Division. Prior to joining EPL three years ago, Pam was a librarian at the University of Alberta for 15 years, most recently as Head, Cameron Science and Technology Library. Pam has served as President of both the Library Association of Alberta and the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries.

kvisser (2)Karen Visser

Karen Visser is the Program Leader, Skills Policy Resources at the Australian National Data Service and will present on the important topic of research data in public libraries. 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

ZeroBlink_Team-v2Lloyd and Tyson Young

Lloyd and Tyson Young from creative digital agency Zero Blink craft engaging, content rich mobile apps and motion graphics.  Collaborating closely with their clients, the team create beautiful, interactive media that captivate audiences on screens large and small.  They believe providing access to library resources on mobile devices can bring libraries into the future.  Discover what’s required to turn ‘good ideas’ into great apps as Zero Blink bust myths, share ideas and inspire delegates with examples of what’s possible beyond the catalogue app.