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Wednesday 11 September


1pm – 2pm

Library Tour – Dudley Denny City Library
Meet at Dudley Denny City Library 134 Victoria Street, Mackay 4740

2pm – 5pm

Registration desk opens
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay

3pm – 5pm

Masterclass: Advocacy for Public Libraries
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay

5.30pm – 8.30pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Opening of Trade Exhibition with Platinum Sponsor Bolinda. Featuring live music and local performers.

Main foyer, MECC



Thursday 12 September





6am – 7am

Guided City Centre Public Art Walk

Hosted by Tracey Heathwood, Director, Artspace
Meet : Wood Street Park, 5 Wood Street, Mackay

8am – 9am

Coffee and Registration
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay

9am – 9.30am

Opening including Welcome to Country presented by Deb Netuschil, QPLA President Lisa Harth, MRC Mayor Greg Williamson

9.30am – 10.30am

Keynote speaker Suzie Lightfoot presents ‘Be seen. Be heard. Be noticed. Building a personal brand in today’s competitive and changing environment’

10.30am – 11am

Morning Tea Trade exhibit and Poster session opening

11am – 12pm

Keynote speaker Dr Amantha Imber presents ‘Innovation Survivor: how to outthink, outsmart and outlast your competitors’

12pm – 12.45pm

Edward Luca presents ‘Design Thinking & Library Centred Design’

12.45pm – 2pm

Lunch and Trade exhibit and Poster session – Sponsored by Peter Pal Library Supplies

2pm – 2.30pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Yuwibara Translation Project + SLQ 2019 Year of Indigenous Language overview/ Norell Binsiar, Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Des Crump, State Library of Queensland

2.30pm – 3pm

Go Go Academy

3pm – 3.30pm

Lightning talks

Removing barriers and enhancing user experience / Nicole Hunt, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Libraries are changing / Kimberly Lehto-Head, Angela Hays – Mackay Regional Council Libraries

3.30pm – 3.50pm

Afternoon tea and Trade exhibit and Poster Session

3.50pm – 4.35pm

Lightning talks

Moreton Bay Region Libraries Backstage Pass / Kerry Griffith, Moreton Bay Region Libraries

First 5 Forever: Sharing the Market Research / Laura Landmann, State Library of Queensland

10 seats, 10 stories, 10 parks / Lisa Austin Sunshine Coast Libraries

4.35pm – 4.55pm

Virtual Reality and Games based learning in a public library environment / Stephen Harris – Bundaberg Regional Libraries

4.55pm – 5.00pm

Daily Wrap-up
Lisa Harth, QPLA President

6.30pm – late

Conference Gala Dinner

Featuring live entertainment by West Texas Crude

* With Principal Sponsor Local Buy
* Local Government Authority Award winner announced
* Poster Session winners announced
* Dress code is smart and stylish
Pioneer Ball Room, Rydges Suites Mackay – Gregory Street, Mackay




Friday 13 September






6.30am – 7.15am

Botanic Gardens Walk

Hosted by Lynette Keir
Meet at Botanic Gardens Café, Lagoon Street, Mackay
7.15 arrival for
7.30am – 8.30am

QPLA Annual General Meeting – QPLA Members or proxies – includes breakfast
MECC foyer

8.15am – 8.45am

Coffee and Registration
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Alfred Street, Mackay

8.45am – 9.45am

Keynote speaker Ton van Vlimmeren presents ‘Title TBA’

9.45am – 10.15am

The marathon after the sprint: lessons learned in library disaster recovery / Pamela McGowan, Townsville City Libraries and Felicia Long, Gympie Regional Libraries

10.20am – 10.40am

Morning tea and trade exhibit

10.40am – 11.40 am

PANEL SESSION: Understanding the impact of broad social issues such as mental illness, homelessness and drug use on library staff. Strategies to effectively interact with customers experiencing adverse social conditions and tips to enhance team and personal wellbeing. / Hosts John Mendoza, Marion Wands, Cherie Miller, Kimberly Lehto-Head

11.40am – 12.25pm

Dr Ingrid Burkett presents ‘Libraries as Civic Innovators’

12.25pm – 1.25pm

Lunch and Trade Exhibit + Vendor Business card Prize draws – Sponsored by Peter Pal Library Supplies

1.25pm – 1.45pm

It always seems impossible until it is done: The Noosaville Library refurbishment project / Jane Harding, Noosa Library Service

1.45pm – 2.30pm

Lightning talks

Digital Access Pilot Project / Janelle Parrott & Michelle Marcum, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Digital Authors in a Digital World: Meeting the Digital Demand for Author Talks / Amy Suttie Sunshine Coast Libraries

Who do you think she is? Upskilling, challenging and empowering our Family Historians / Jennifer Perry, Donna Kellion, Mackay Regional Council Libraries

2.30pm – 2.50pm

Logan City Council Libraries Hive coworking spaces / Annette Turner, Logan City Council Libraries

2.50pm – 3.05pm

Afternoon tea and trade exhibit

3.05pm – 3.25pm

My Community, My Library: Community led design of Libraries / Belinda Douglas, Fulton Trotter Architects

3.25pm – 4.20pm

Ana Brzezinska presents ‘Virtual reality and new media as an opportunity rather than a threat to traditional ways of storytelling. How cultural institutions can use technology to educate, raise awareness and build their audiences.’

4.20pm – 4.30pm

Conference Close
Lisa Harth, QPLA President

QPLA is considering the environment at this year’s conference and will be producing a downloadable program.