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Forum plenary sessions

Welcome to State Library

Louise Denoon MC: Louise Denoon – Executive Director, Regional Access and Public Libraries, State Library of Queensland

Louise has more than 20 years' experience working with cultural institutions – most recently at the State Library of New South Wales and previously as Executive Manager, Queensland Memory at SLQ. Louise also worked at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and Global Arts Link, Ipswich City Council. Louise is passionate about working with communities and unleashing the potential of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


State Library welcome

Vicki McDonald – State Librarian and CEO, State Library of Queensland


Digital Directions

Andrew Spina, Assistant Director-General, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation


The Brave New Digital Future

Professor Hugh BradlowProfessor Hugh Bradlow – President Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Telstra Chief Scientist

Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business.

Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town.

Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia.

He is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.


Digital strategy - navigating the future

Margaret Warren – Acting Executive Manager, Discovery, State Library of Queensland


Building our digital future

Mel HuntMel Hunt – Trove Data and Platform Innovator, National Library of Australia

Mel is part of the Trove team within the National Library of Australia. She currently works with Trove content partners around Australia including libraries, museums, archives, universities and clubs to harvest their metadata and collections into the Trove service.

Mel’s presentation highlights three different community driven initiatives and projects which rely on the Trove service – Ravelry, Wikiclub NT and The Raptor Hand, and investigates how these initiatives are helping to strengthen digital literacy and inclusion within these communities and beyond.


Positioning digital literacy within an information literacy framework

Dr Andrew DemassonDr Andrew Demasson – Associate Lecturer, Library and Information Studies, QUT

Dr Andrew Demasson is an Associate Lecturer in the Information Systems School, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His teaching and research focus on information experience within community contexts, the library as an information literacy ecosystem, the librarian as researcher and the reconceptualisation of theoretical approaches to and understandings of information literacy.

The presentation will present a new framework for information literacy that shows how digital literacy is placed as an integral component of the information literacy experience. It will also touch on a recent study which examined the ways in which public librarians constitute information literacy and the relevance that has for discussions relating to digital literacy and inclusion.


Tech Girls Movement

Dr Jenine BeekhuyzenDr Jenine Beekhuyzen – Founder, Tech Girls Movement, and Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen is a futurist who questions existing structures which won’t serve tomorrow’s digital landscape. Providing insight into the disruptive nature of technology, she will help us to prepare for an unknown future, engage the next generation of workers and leaders, and transform our approach to innovation. As a well-known advocate for technology innovation and diversity in STEM, Jenine draws on her 15+ years of internationally published academic research and university teaching, 8 years as CEO of her own technology consulting company, and her work with her not-for-profit to prepare our school children to be technology leaders of the future.

Creator of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, founder and CEO of the Tech Girls Movement and Gumption Trigger author, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen will discuss the necessity of overcoming the inertia that is debilitating our leaders and their visions of our technology futures. She proposes that we invest in digital literacy and education to mobilise a tribe of next generation leaders who are engaged and committed to solving real world problems with technology.


Driving digital education in regional, rural, remote Australia

Tim GentleTim Gentle – Founder, Think.Digital

Founder of Think.Digital, digital crusader, educator and entrepreneur and advocate for regional, rural and remote living, Tim Gentle has over 20 years experience in marketing and the digital world. Tim’s energy, enthusiasm and industry knowledge has been shared in well over 1000 workshops both internationally and across Australia. Tim has also architected over 1000 websites for an array of customers. Tim’s vision is to help bridge the digital divide between the city and country.

What would you do if you won a bus? Tim Gentle said he would convert it into a mobile classroom and travel throughout regional, rural and remote Australia educating people about the digital world. Tim’s entry won and now he is now fulfilling his dream. “Rocky” the #ThinkDigitalCoach is a 14 metre hi-tech classroom on wheels that delivers digital education, experiences and entertainment into these areas to help people in keep up with a rapidly changing digital world.


Digital Transformation: skills, strategy and start-ups

Justine HydeJustine Hyde – Director Library Services and Experience, State Library of Victoria

Justine Hyde is Director, Library Services and Experience, at the State Library Victoria where she leads the library’s onsite and digital user experience, collections, public programs, exhibitions, publishing and education programs. She has worked as a senior executive in the public and private sectors managing libraries, legal education, technology training, communications and marketing, web and digital, customer services, and community education and information programs. Justine is a library evangelist and a regular speaker on the topic of transforming libraries for the 21st century. She is also a freelance writer published in The Age, Melbourne Review, Women's Agenda and many library journals.

As more people are expected to work and interact online what does this mean for libraries? Do library staff have the right skills to support digital inclusion for the public? In this talk, Justine Hyde will look at a recent digital skills assessment of Victorian public library staff and relate some cases studies of digital inclusion initiatives in Victoria. She will also give an overview of the State Library Victoria digital transformation strategy and planned initiatives as part of the Library’s $88 million redevelopment.


Will there even be a Future-U?

Jonathan NalderJonathan Nalder – Founder, Future-U, JNXYZ, and Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion

Jonathan Nalder is a Brisbane-based Educator and digital storyteller who helps fellow Queenslanders think beyond today to plan for a successful future. His long-time mission has been to help people transition to working digitally, assisting all learners and leaders to embrace technology and participate fully in progressive and innovative ways.

After a 14-year career as a teacher and educator, Jonathan has chosen recently to ramp things up by founding the organisation FUTURE-U. As the director, he investigates and shares holistic solutions to ensure everyone can benefit from the digital future. He helps people shift their thinking to embrace future ways of working, living and thriving.

Jonathan is convinced education, digital learning and agile thinking has the potential to transform lives. As a 2017 Advance Queensland Digital Community Champion and in his other roles, he will continue to help Queenslanders shift their thinking and embrace digital literacies.

Cars drive themselves. Apps write their own code. And that’s only today. Exponential technology is now the norm - so let's not waste 30 years reacting while our communities are transformed - let's think big picture enough to adapt instead and ensure that every learner knows how to make their own job. Think beyond tomorrow to thrive today with the frameworks that help make this possible.


Digital inclusion in the digital city

Dr Danielle Wyatt – Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne

Dr Danielle Wyatt is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has researched the changing role of libraries in a digital culture; how multicultural arts serve diverse communities; and emerging forms of cultural participation in networked public spaces. She is currently a researcher on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Art precincts and cultural participation in networked public space’.

In their proactive response to a digital culture, public libraries are redefining the meaning and content of the library experience. Supported by new media and networked digital technologies, they have reinvented themselves as ‘hubs’, ‘makerspaces’ and vibrant community centres offering enriched spaces for social gathering, targeted learning, and new forms of creative production, entrepreneurial activity and innovation. This institutional transformation is connected to a broader urban transformation as cities invest in the potential of new technologies and networked infrastructure to transition towards a ‘digital economy’. This paper argues that libraries are now deeply entangled within the technology-driven visions of the cities they serve. It considers how this entanglement is impacting upon the library’s role as a vital resource for digital inclusion, revealing tensions between the top-down visions of city administrators, and the day-to-day experiences of libraries and their communities.


Panel discussions

Panel discussion 1: Digital inclusion for everyone

Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) play a key role in a future that is reliant on digital technologies. They are hubs of activity where people come to access resources and interact with others, and they act as conduits capable of connecting diverse groups and diverse creative and community practices. In this panel you will learn more about how libraries and IKCs are engaging with a variety of stakeholders in the development of new programs and services that are fostering social inclusion and supporting the development of the technical and creative skills required to deploy digital resources.

  • Julie Bickley, Livingstone Shire Libraries
  • Naomi Brownless, Rockhampton Regional Libraries
  • Dawn Harrigan, Wujal Wujal Indigenous Knowledge

Panel discussion 2: Public libraries leading the way

Libraries have long been a foundation for a literate society. Today, they are adapting to support new forms of literacy and a new public sphere emerging in the wake of a digital culture. In this panel you will learn how a number of Queensland public libraries are redefining their role in the face of a rapidly changing digital environment.

  • Taryn Cossens and Julie Bickley, Livingstone Shire Libraries
  • Jenny Hall, Logan City Libraries
  • Matt Pascoe, Ipswich City Libraries

Panel discussion 3: Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland

The Tech Savvy Seniors Program is a partnership between the Queensland Government (led by State Library of Queensland) and Telstra. The Program, designed by Telstra, supports older people to get connected and participate in the online world, with the objectives of increasing digital inclusion amongst the ageing and reducing social isolation. In the first year of the Queensland program (2016), more than 15,000 seniors participated in over 2970 free technology training sessions through selected libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. In this panel you will hear how three library services delivered this vital Program to seniors in their local communities, the impact and outcomes of the program, and how they hope to continue to embrace the opportunities the Program has provided.

  • Lia Gladman, Charters Towers Regional Library
  • Laura Landman, Brisbane City Libraries
  • Tara Murphy, Moreton Bay Regional Libraries
Last updated
22nd June 2017