Public Libraries: Public Libraries: Alternative Futures Forum - 06 July 2011

A library forum was held on Wednesday 06 July 2011, at the Central Institute of Technology.  Three respected speakers will discuss library service and management models in their states, past, present and future. Develop an understanding of future options available to Western Australian public libraries based on successful models in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.

Geoff Strempel, Associate Director, Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
In his current role Geoff is responsible for providing leadership, support and services to the State's 130+ public libraries. Annually PLS purchases over $5M of public library materials for the State’s public libraries, through an e-procurement system which enables libraries to choose the stock that is bought for them. Prior to working in this role Geoff was Manager, Libraries and Arts for the City of Onkaparinga, and has also worked in special and school libraries. He is currently studying a Masters in Public Administration, and in his spare time he serves on committees for a range of professionally related groups.

Jan Richards, Manager, Central West Libraries New South Wales
Jan leads a team of 64 staff and 75 volunteers and has built an innovative, customer focused service. Jan is actively committed to her profession and her community and is currently Chairman Public Libraries Advisory Committee at ALIA ,is a former President of ALIA and Director at Mentor As Anything. She has worked with future leaders of the Australian and New Zealand Library industry through her role as a mentor at the Aurora Leadership Institute. Jan has been a leader of the NSW @ your library campaign, engaging and inspiring the State’s 97 public library services and has a keen interest in lobbying and advocacy and marketing of libraries.

Jane Cowell, Director Public and Indigenous Library Services, State Library of Queensland
Jane joined State Library as Director Public and Indigenous Library Services in May 2010. In this role, Jane’s priorities include driving reviews of grant funding methodology and service delivery models for public libraries; growing the capacity of public libraries; overseeing the establishment of a state-wide literacy framework, and focusing on strengthening advocacy for libraries. Jane has over 20 years experience in local government, as Manager Library Services, Caboolture Shire Council and Hinterland Services Librarian in Caloundra City Council. Since 2008, Jane worked as a Senior Consultant in AEC Group Consultancy, undertaking a great variety of library consultancies all over Australia. Jane’s areas of special interest and expertise include innovation in library and outreach services; community facility management; strategic planning; reengineering of library operations and public library design.

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