printer friendly

Necessity is the mother of (re)invention

Necessity is the mother of (re)invention: the future for libraries

Challenging our thinking in planning innovative public library services in a climate of change

A library seminar was held on Wednesday 28 April 2010, in the State Library Theatre.  The seminar was intended to strengthen the vision for the development of public libraries in Western Australia and also support the work currently underway with the reform of public library services. 

Dr N Varaprasad.  Chief Executive, National Library Board, Singapore.

“Issues and Challenges facing public libraries”

Dr Varaprasad asks how public libraries can maintain their value proposition to stakeholders and users, in a world where librarians themselves are being disintermediated.  How can libraries infiltrate the private virtual spaces of patrons, and should we?  He shares NLB Singapore’s experiments in reaching out.

Dr Axel Bruns. Associate Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology.  Dr Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and the editor of Uses of Blogs with Joanne Jacobs (2006; all released by Peter Lang, New York).

“Outreach and Co-Curation: Engaging with Library Users”
The world of social media provides a range of challenges and opportunities for libraries and librarians. Like many other institutions, libraries need to find new ways of engaging with their users through Web 2.0 platforms.  The presentation outlines current and future developments in the field, and considers the role that professional curators and librarians may be able to play as these trends continue.
Frank McGuire.  Founder, Hume Global Learning Village.
Frank McGuire is a strategist, community leader and dual winner of Australian journalism’s most prestigious honour, the Walkley Award, as an investigative reporter for Four Corners and producer for Sunday.  He pioneered building the Global Learning Village in Broadmeadows, taking the suburb where he grew up from being regarded as the end of the line by outsiders to international acclaim within a decade, in a highly successful partnership with the City of Hume.

“Community hubs for lifelong learning, health and recreation – is the Global Learning Village a model for Western Australia?”

“Do libraries contribute to a knowledge based economy?”
Chaired by:  Dr Matthew Allen. (Associate Professor Studies and Head of Department, Internet Studies, at Curtin University of Technology.)
A Strategic Question Time with:


•    Dr. N. Varaprasad
•    Dr. Axel Bruns
•    Frank McGuire

“Where are libraries on the political radar?”
Chaired by Ricky Burges (Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Local Government Association?
A panel session with:
•    Gary Hunt (CEO City of Joondalup)
•    Anne Banks-McAllister (CEO Shire of Peppermint Grove)
•    Deborah Rice (A/Director Community Resource Network)
•    Wendy Murray (Executive Director, Local Government Structural Reform, Department of Local Government)

Share this page   share on Facebook share on Twitter share on stumbleupon

Page last updated: Tuesday 12 July 2011