The ALIA Top End Symposium is a biennial event that brings together the library community in Darwin. This year's symposium included a keynote by Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, the Provost and Professor of Higher Education at Victoria University. She explored the process of managing change successfully. John Shipp, President of the Australian Library and Information Association also spoke about his experiences managing change in his career.
One library card
As a part of the Connect NT network, all library members can now use their library card at any public library throughout the Territory. This was a signficant project requiring a lot of collaboration and negotiation. Maeva Masterson, City of Palmerston Library and Karen Conway, City of Darwin Libraries shared their experiences.
- Batchelor Institute has campuses in Batchelor, Alice Springs and throughout the Northern Territory. The Institute has an educational philosophy and practice called "Both-ways Learning"
- Northern Territory Library has a program Creating Community Stories a community digital archive for cultural material, including documents, sound recordings and photographs.
- The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (LAAL) is a digital archive of endangered literature in Australian Indigenous languages from around the Northern Territory.
- The Centre for Australian Languages & Linguistics (CALL) is a centre of excellence for the research, documentation and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
- The Nothern Territory Library has released a new Strategic Plan 2015-18.
- Justin Schmidt from the Digital Enterprise Project and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts in Darwin shared his experiences with a pop-up makerspace program at the City of Darwin Libraries that engages young people aged 10-15 and 16-20 with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). There is a lot of information on the website including the tools and lesson snippets they have used.
- Digital Careers is a program raising awareness and interest in ICT careers. Nicolette Venn (QLD/NT) demonstrated Ozobots - an engaging and easy to use technology.
The campfire chat was a conversation with three library staff members who are not librarians, sharing their diverse experiences and perspectives on the industry.