• 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

Experience – Bios


Alisa Howlett (co-chair)

Alisa HowlettAlisa is a Research Officer at Queensland State Archives, supporting the development of advice, policies and guidelines issued to public authorities on best practice recordkeeping and records management. In addition to her work, Alisa is a Co ordinator for Queensland’s ALIA New Graduates Group and is a library and information science Masters student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She’s looking forward to exploring ideas and visions for the profession through collaboration, laughter and forward, ‘big picture’ thinking at the 6th New Librarians’ Symposium.

Her interests include rock climbing, photography and travel.

You can find Alisa blogging at Flight Path and on Twitter – @acrystelle

Michelle DuBroy (co-chair)

Michelle DuBroy graduated from QUT with a Masters degree (Library and Information Science) in 2010 and has experience working in both academic and special libraries .  She loves learning about all of the interesting topics that her clients are researching and helping them to connect to the right information.

Michelle enjoys reading, camping, bushwalking and cheering for the Lions at the Gabba.  She is currently trying to grow a veggie garden and learn to play tennis.

Kathleen SmeatonKathleen Smeaton
Kathleen has worked in both Australia and the UK in varied roles including HR, banking and administration. While on maternity leave with her second child Kathleen decided that she was ready for a career change.  Currently a LIS Masters student at QUT Kathleen now juggles study and three children. When she gets the chance she likes nothing better than a cup of tea accompanied by a good book.

Robin PeleyniRobin Peleyni
I’m a first semester LIS student at QUT currently employed in the supermarket night fill sector and looking for a career change. Ideally, I would like to work in archives or museums.  I have a BA in history from UQ where I focused on post-war US history.  I enjoy writing, popular culture, arguing about religion and politics, and watching TV shows about drug dealers and/or manufactures.  I have one cat.

Ryan SiriwardeneRyan Siriwardene
Working in Libraries for a decade both locally and internationally, Ryan literally stumbled upon his career at the age of 19. He was looking for work after high school and got a job at a local library. From there on the rest is history. Ryan loves working in Libraries as it gives him the opportunity to meet different people and hearing their stories even though it only last a minute or so.

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