• 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
Sep 192012

Amidst the calls for proposals and reviewers, partnering with sponsors, and arranging accommodation deals, the organising committee has also been getting very excited about confirming our keynote speaker line-up. Now that September is here, we can *officially* share our excitement by revealing our first keynote speaker for NLS6.

Drum roll please… We’re excited to present…

Associate Professor Marcus Foth, Founder and Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Design of the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

We’re thrilled to have Marcus joining us in February 2013, to inspire us and to encourage us to be different. In fact, we even asked Marcus, What does it mean to you to ‘be different’?  His response:

When everyone walks in the one (research) direction, it is sometimes useful to identify the opportunities of walking in the other direction and take the road less travelled. Innovative research is inherently risky, so the exploratory nature of this approach requires some confidence to “be different”. For instance, in the early 2000s when lots of commentators were still heralding the “death of distance” and touting the global information superhighway, e-commerce, telework and distant education, we started to look at the continuing importance of place and local communities. And these days when a lot of attention is (rightly) focussed on digitisation of everything (books, music, knowledge), we are exploring digital fabrication, that is, turning bits back into atoms.

Your job now is to start following Marcus on Twitter, you’ll find him online @sunday9pm, check out some of the projects that the Urban Informatics Research Lab have undertaken, and start thinking about all the questions you want to ask him (yes, you will get the chance!).

Marcus, we are supremely excited that you are joining us at NLS6.

Marcus Foth


 September 19, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am news, program Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 032012

Learn something new every day.

Never say Never   – Opportunity is everywhere and NLS is often a place to encourage creative thinking, and thinking big for our profession

Our Profession is Very Small.  Form long-term friendships to get you though your career.  Realise that senior people are really human, have feelings, and are not scary.  Figure out what you can do for them, rather than criticizing and expecting them to do it all for you.

Take the lead – and the leadership.  How can you lead from the position you are currently in.  Volunteer for ALIA, volunteer for a special project, return to extra study (not necessarily in librarianship).

Learn where you get your ideas from.  Ensure you have thinking space in your life  on a regular basis to ensure time and space for ideas generation, planning and thinking about the exhicution strategies for your great ideas.

Take a risk, make a change, learn about how to ‘Be professional – In a Profession’.

Learn about the Business of Libraries – vendors, money, demonstrating value.

Understand that there will be disappointments but don’t sweat the small stuff.


I’ll be passing on a few more personal and professional insights a little closer to the 2013 event.  In the meantime – start getting yourself organised to attend (don’t leave it ‘till the last minute), start saving, begin to put your case together to put forward to your employer to receive support, request leave from work in advance, submit your abstract and get ready to enjoy Brisbane in the Summer!

Sue Hutley   suehutley@gmail.com   http://au.linkedin.com/pub/sue-hutley/6/95/b8a

 July 3, 2012  Posted by at 8:56 pm bits and pieces Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »