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Libraries for literacy forum program

When: 11:30am arrival for 12:30pm start, Tuesday 29 July 2014
Where: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ)

Time Agenda item
11:30am Registration, lunch and refreshments
12:30pm Welcome to State Library - MC: Judith McLean
12:35pm Welcome to Country - Songwoman Maroochy Barambah
12:40pm Keynote Speaker - Jane Caro
The importance of a literate community
1:30pm Facilitated question time

Presentation - Literacy data: where is it, how to use it and what does it tell us - Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC)

  • Myles Burleigh - Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Jan Hagston - Multifangled
2:30pm Facilitated question time
2:45pm Afternoon tea
3:15pm Panel - Adult literacy: models to inspire you
  • Robin Black - LINC 26Ten
  • Kathleen Smeaton - The Footpath Library
  • Mignon Fanton - Sunshine Coast Libraries Adult Literacy Programs
4:00pm Facilitated question time
4:20pm Summing up and thanks to speakers
4:30pm Close


About our presenters

Judith McLeanProfessor Judith McLean holds a Chair in Arts Education co-jointly funded by QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty (QUT) and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Her doctoral thesis focused on the meaning, place and importance of collaboration to teaching-artists in their praxis. As a leader in the cultural sector, Judith has had the opportunity to lead start-up companies and work with established businesses. Along with Professors Haseman and Makeham, Professor McLean co-led the development of a model of arts education tailored especially for corporate and government sectors. Professor McLean has extensive board and governance responsibilities, most notable being the inaugural Chair Brisbane Festival (2003- 2007) and the first woman in Queensland Theatre Company’s (1995-2004) history to be appointed Chair. Her current roles include: Chair Southern Cross Soloists and Board Director of Tourism and Events QLD.


Songwoman Maroochy is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and an internationally-renowned opera singer. Songwoman Maroochy was the first Australian to perform at the United Nations in New York in 1993 in honour of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous People.


Jane CaroJane Caro is a social commentator, writer and lecturer and is on the Board of the NSW Public Education Foundation. She has appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, ABC television’s Q&A and The Gruen Transfer. Jane has also co-authored What makes a good school? And The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education with Chris Bonner.


Jan HagstonJan Hagston is a passionate and experienced educator who specialises in adult and youth education with a focus on literacy and educational practices appropriate for non-traditional education settings. She taught in secondary schools before working in the vocational education and training sector where she has had broad experience in working at a local, regional, state and national level in curriculum and materials development, professional development, and research. Jan was a member of the PIAAC Literacy Expert Group. PIAAC, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, includes the assessment of literacy and numeracy.


Myles Burleigh is the Acting Director of the National Centre for Education and Training Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Myles has a BA and BSc from the Australian National University and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Canberra. Myles joined the ABS in 2002 and has worked in a number of different areas, gaining expertise across a range of subject matter. He has a particular interest in social and geospatial analysis.


Robin BlackRobin Black is currently the Manager 26TEN Strategy. Qualified in librarianship, vocational education, business management and hospitality, she has been a school and public librarian, a restaurateur and small business owner and a trainer and assessor in the VET sector. She is a volunteer adult literacy tutor with LINC Tasmania. Currently she manages the 26TEN Strategy as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Adult Literacy action plan.


Kathleen SmeatonKathleen Smeaton is the Volunteers Manager for the Footpath Library.  Interested in social justice, technology and literacy, Kathleen is a PhD student at QUT researching the information experiences of the homeless and socially excluded. Kathleen also works as a sessional academic in the Information Systems School at QUT and Project Officer at QUT Library.


Mignon FantonMignon Fanton is the Adult Literacy Supervisor Sunshine Coast Libraries. Mignon began her career as a secondary English teacher and qualified teacher librarian. She became a volunteer adult literacy tutor at Caloundra Libraries in 2000, a teacher in the program in 2002 and then moved into this current position in 2008. As part of that position undertook a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment and holds the current version of this.



Last updated
10th January 2017