• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6
May 162012

One of the very first tasks for the NLS6 Organising Committee is locking in a range of awesome keynote speakers.

But in keeping with our Be different theme, we want to take a different approach to selecting speakers for keynote presentations and participants for panels.

This time round, we want you guys – the delegates-to-be – to tell us what you want to hear about and who you want to hear from.

We encourage you to think differently:

  • Think beyond the L in LIS. What’s happening in the broader information profession?
  • Think beyond the obvious three. It’s not just about academic, public and special libraries. Who inspires you in school libraries? Research libraries? Non-traditional library roles?
  • Think beyond a lecture. Our ‘keynote’ sessions don’t have to be traditional keynotes. Want to hear different people on the same topic? Suggest a panel, debate, or round of lightening talk keynotes.

You can suggest topics or people – we’re open to both.

Although we can’t promise stacks of big names from overseas, don’t limit your thinking at this point. As well as having people present in person at NLS6, we’re open to bringing some keynote presenters in virtually.

So let’s get a discussion going! Tell us what you think, either in the comments here, or by tweeting with the hashtag #mynls6. Have your say by COB Friday 25 May.

 May 16, 2012  Posted by at 10:00 am get involved, program Tagged with: , , ,

  24 Responses to “Shape the NLS6 program! Have your say on keynote topics and speakers”

  1. It would be great to hear from creators & innovators in content communities eg. Pinterest, YouTube and how their applications are being used by info professionals
    I’d also like to hear about innovation in the school library sector and how that can speak into the wider industry from people such as Buffy Hamilton @buffyjhamilton or Jennifer La Garde @librarygirl
    Could also be interesting to hear from content curators such as Maria Popova @brainpicker

    • Great suggestions Lyndelle, thanks for sharing your ideas. I’m really super keen to see school libraries represented on the NLS program.

  2. Some food for thought :

    Richard Lankes – Atlas of New Librarianship – http://www.newlibrarianship.org/wordpress/ + http://my.ischool.syr.edu/Profiles/Preview/rdlankes

    Someone else from iSchool @ Syracuse – http://ischool.syr.edu/

    Jenica Rogers – State University of New York – http://www.attemptingelegance.com/

    Librarians without Borders team – http://lwb-online.org/

    Loida Garcia-Febo – IFLA – winner of Catalyst for Change Award http://www.ifla.org/en/news/loida-garc-a-febo-receives-2010-elizabeth-futas-catalyst-for-change-award — also she works at Queen’s University + has been mover + shaker for Library Journal

    Cycling for Libraries – http://www.cyclingforlibraries.org/

    Jessica or Jessica or Lilli from WAL (we are librarians) – http://www.wearelibrarians.com/about-us/

    Someone who attended sxsw from a librarian/information perspective – some ppl mentioned in http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/sxsw-2011-the-year-of-the-librarian/72548/

    • Some really great suggestions here mj, thanks! It’s amazing to see how many inspiring LIS people there are all over the globe!

  3. Could library professional development be delivered globally via MOOCs?

    • Oooh, interesting. Maybe a discussion between LIS educators and proponents of MOOCs?

  4. I’d like to propose something around libraries for non profit orgs –
    Working in such an institution,I’d like to hear from others about how
    they manage collections, secure funding, grants etc.

    I’d also like to see something around moving your collection from
    physical to digital, which is the barrel we’re staring down at the moment.

    Oh, and school libraries. Am a qualified teacher librarian and it’s
    disheartening to be a new grad when the people who have years and
    years of experience are fighting to hold onto their jobs, or are retiring and not being

    Sorry for the novel.

    • Good suggestions Freya. We’re thinking hard about the nature of NLS and the types of content that should be included, so these suggestions are really useful.

      Thanks for sharing, and we hope to hear more of your ideas!

  5. I’m interested in hearing from people who are in the private sector metadata industry: I’m always interested in how the established library industry could interact in these areas; also how data linkage can improve timely access to crucial information.

    • Corporate and metadata – two interesting topics. We’re also thinking about ‘big data’ and the impact the emerging focus on data across the sectors will have on the future of the profession. Some synergies with what you’ve suggested here. Thanks for contributing!

  6. Hi Vanessa and co.

    NLS6, yay!!

    I am always interested in hearing from people who have done really inspirational things and shown strong leadership.

    I’d also be interested in something about how to do these inspirational and inspiring things as an early career librarian / information person, and how to bring about change in your workplace when the industry can be slow to change.

    I have a strong interest in development so would be interested in seeing something about libraries in indigenous communities or developing countries.

    I’d also like to see something about ideas of the library of the future – I’ve got about 35 years of my working life left (I’m turning 30 this year) – what kind of jobs will we be working in in 2045?

    Cheers and all the best with the planning,



    • Really interesting ideas! Any particular ideas on people who are doing inspirational work?

  7. NLS5 in Perth was such an enjoyable Symposium. Many thanks to the members of the committee who have begun planning NLS6!

    As a very recent New Grad yet to secure that first ‘professional’ job, I am aware that there are a large number of applicants for a small number of advertised positions.
    Given that this is the case, we are advised to make our application ‘stand out from the crowd’, include the ‘wow factor’.
    Besides solid technical skills, academic results and attempting to convey your passion for the profession, what contributes to the ‘wow factor?’ Is it a professional nail in the coffin if you have to ask?

    Keeping the options open to secure that first job as a New Grad, has lead me to consider working in all areas of Information Management. I consider it to be a positive development that the WA New Grads group includes members of RIMPA in the invitation to their events. I would be interested to hear how successful this has been for members of either association and whether this ‘crossover’ will continue to be seen at ALIA New Grad group events.

    Many thanks – Vikki.

    • Thanks Vicki, we’re really excited to be putting together a fantastic program!

      I think it’s actually really important to always be asking and thinking about the ‘wow factor’ when applying for a job, and in thinking strategically about a job you may already be in – thanks for this suggestion.

      We’re also really excited by the industry cross-over opportunities that you mention – we really want NLS6 to be a valuable experience for students, new grads and transitioning professionals from all aspects of the library and information sector. Stay tuned!

  8. At the end of this year I aim to have completed all the requirements to have attained a Graduate Diploma of Information Management. During the course of my studies I have learnt about how technological change has transformed the industry. Information and technology are intrinsically interlinked. Knowledge is a capital resource and information must be organised in order to be efficiently retrieved.

    Technology is leading change. The Symposium presents an opportunity for indexing and content service providers to demonstrate the current product range of networked catalogues, discovery layers, new metadata standards such as RDA, transaction systems and directories, ebooks and other innovations. Beyond such presentations, a counterpoint discussion could arise between service providers and consumers about the issues that are raised by these new forms and processes.

    Information Professionals are becoming leaders in their organisations because the quality of service and level of community presence and advancement for an organisation in the networked context requires the coordination of information and technology. The Symposium could consider the perspective of a corporate Chief Information Officer on how projects such as information architecture and records management systems are coordinated within an organisation.

    This would give a perspective on the range of career possibilities and job opportunities that exist in the information industry within the corporate and/ or government sectors, at executive level and also within project teams, and the issues that are involved in such careers.

    Beyond the cities, a world of networked information provides an unprecedented opportunity for outreach to regional and remote communities, and the provision of a heretofore unforeseen level of access to information.

    In the light of this, the Symposium could present and discuss the opportunities that exist for information professionals to work on programmes that focus on the provision of access to the information network outside of the major centres.

    • Hi Martin, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I especially like your comment about non-urban outreach; both the impact and barriers of new (and old!) technologies in rural and regional areas is enormously important but often neglected – thanks so much for bringing this up!

  9. I suggested this on Twitter, but I thought I should expand upon it.

    I think it would be great to highlight some of the interesting opportunities for grads in special libraries and as embedded librarians. Many organisations would benefit greatly from a librarian and don’t know it (I have worked in such orgs prior to becoming a librarian).

    I was very interested to hear Ruth Kneale (http://atst.nso.edu/user/2) speak at a conference I attended in the US in 2010. She approached such an organisation (with strong evidence) and persuaded them to hire her! It was very inspiring! This is a great way of approaching job seeking for those struggling to find a job the conventional way or those looking for something different or wishing to also take advantage of previous qualifications.

    Ruth has indicated that she’d be open to presenting virtually and I think she’d be a definite asset to the NLS6 program.

    • We’ve been talking the talk about libraries/librarians demonstrating their value for a while now – this is such a gutsy way of walking the walk, I’d love to hear more! Great suggestion Molly.

  10. As some other people have mentioned, I think it would be great to have people and topics from the broader information sector. The GLAM sector is of particular interest to me. Sebastian Chan would be an amazing speaker. It would be great to hear about some of the great initiatives occurring in the sector. Also advice on how to translate/adapt library skills to galleries, archives and museums.

    • Awesome – GLAM (such a great acronym) keeps popping up, sensing a bit of a theme here!

      *committee starts rubbing their hands together in anticipation*

  11. Hi everyone,

    I don’t have a name but it might be interesting to hear from librarians who are reaching out and working with communities where English is a second language. Maybe some of the newer communities that are starting to use library services.



    • Hi Danielle! Community outreach is always so useful and inspiring to hear about – no two projects or initiatives are ever the same! Thanks for you comment.

  12. I’m interested in submitting a proposal for a paper – please let me know by email when you have a call for papers and themes in place

    Regards, Jennifer
    University of Adelaide

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper for NLS6!

      The call for proposals will be coming out in a month or two, and will be promoted far and wide through this website, Twitter ( @aliaNLS6 ), ALIA e-lists, and countless other avenues – there’s no danger you’ll miss it 🙂

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