QPLA Professional Development Intensive Program

Links to presentations/recordings are available in the program if approved by speakers.

Day 1 – Monday 16 October 8.30am – 6.00pm

8.30am – 9.30amRegistration – Coffee and Tea  
9.30am – 10.30amQPLA Annual General Meeting 2023 
10.30am – 11.00amMorning tea
Sponsored by Ulverscroft  
11.00am – 11.15amWelcome to Country presented by Zeke Davis – a proud Kabi Kabi man, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and a performer with the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers.
Welcome to Noosa Noosa Council’s Director, Community Services, Kerri Contini
Welcome to the PD QPLA President, Nicole Hunt  
11.15am  –  12:15pmLightning talks (5 x 10 mins)  
11.15am-11.25am – Traineeships: Enriching Lives and libraries / Rachel Smith & Amy Meredith – Noosa Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.25am-11.35am – Navigating with Confidence: project skills for staff at all levels / Vicki Shapcott, Jenelle Harrap and Patricia Stahl – Sunshine Coast Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.35am-11.45am – Aching Bones and Equity of Access / Kerry Davis – Mackay Regional Council Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.45am – 11.55am – Picturing Your Past @ Ipswich Libraries / Erin Davey & Jake Bryant | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.55am – 12.05pm – Getting more from your image database using AI / Nicole Kilah – Lockyer Valley Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
12.05pm-12.15pm – Questions
12.15pm – 1.00pm Lunch (View the new Noosa Mobile Library)
Sponsored by The Book House  
1.00pm – 2.00pmOur partnership and what’s next? – State Library of Queensland
2.00pm – 2.30 pmAfternoon tea
Sponsored by MDM Entertainment  
2:30pm – 4.00pmSpeaker 1 | Diversity – Dr Bridie Kean, University of the Sunshine Coast    
Join Dr Bridie Kean, a Lecturer in Public Health and the Program Lead of the Master of Health Promotion (MHP) and Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion at University of Sunshine Coast, to learn more on why inclusion matters.  Dr Kean will also provide an overview of the current projects the University of Sunshine Coast is implementing to create inclusive environments. | RECORDING

Speaker 2 | The role of Libraries in the Age of AI – Chris Boden, Peregian Digital Hub Director
Join Chris Boden, Director of the Peregian Digital Hub, for an enlightening exploration into the dynamic intersection of libraries and Artificial Intelligence. Leveraging his diverse experience in the tech sector, Chris will offer unique insights into how libraries can play a crucial role in the age of AI. This thought-provoking session will reveal how libraries are positioned not just to adapt but to thrive and lead our communities in the digital era. Expect an engaging discourse that navigates from the fundamentals of AI to the potential of libraries as pioneers in AI literacy and education. | RECORDING
4.00pm – 6.00pmWine and Cheese Networking Event – Sponsored by RAECO  
Join colleagues to catch up with the events of the day along with some exciting announcements.
Annual cheque presentation by Principal sponsor Local Buy
Cheryl Haughton Scholarship 2023 announced
2023 Annual LG Awards announced
2024 QPLA Conference host announced

Performer: Sari Abbott  
Day 2 – Tuesday 17 October 8.30am – 3.00pm
8.30am – 9.00amRegistration – Coffee and Tea  
9.00am – 10.00amKeynote Speaker – Yumi Stynes 
10.00am – 10.30amMorning tea
Sponsored by Peter Pal Library Suppliers
10.30am – 11.30amSpeaker 2 | Angela Meyer
Sponsored by James Bennett
Australian publishers are bringing energy to the climate crisis and other, interrelated issues of environmental sustainability. They are switching to green energy, cutting down on plastic, managing waste, switching to greener packaging and shipping methods and more. But by the time a book arrives in a bookstore or library, it has already been through a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)-heavy process. A large percentage of the CO2-e footprint of a book comes from paper, printing and shipping. In the trade, some books are shipped back and forth and often pulped at the end of the process, which is wasteful and unsustainable.
At the beginning of 2023, a report Angela worked on for BookPeople (the Australian Booksellers Association) was released, looking at these issues from a bookselling point of view. Angela has kept in touch with publishers and will present an update of where the industry is at with environmental sustainability and what this might mean for libraries. | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.30am  –  12:30pmLightning talks (5 x 10 mins)  
11.30am-11.40am – Digital Sustainability in Heritage Collections / Katie Pittock – Townsville Citylibraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.40am-11.50am – Inclusion in libraries: supporting vulnerable members / Teresa Kohne & Georgia Laxton – Sunshine Coast Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
11.50am-12.00pm – Beyond the walls: redesigning Outreach Library Services / Rachel Oldfield – Noosa Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
12.00pm – 12.10pm – Welcoming cities: an advocacy opportunity for public libraries / Debra Cooper & Lisa Hetherington – Logan Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
12.10pm – 12.20pm – Considering Dementia in the library space / Lisa Gardoll – Goondiwindi Libraries | RECORDING | PRESENTATION
12.20pm-12.30pm – Questions
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch (View the new Noosa Mobile Library)
Sponsored by Bolinda 
1.30pm – 2.00pmALIA Update – Cathie Warburton – ALIA CEO
2.00pm – 2.50 pmSpeaker 3 | – Dr Dinesh Palipana
Connection, community, and knowledge has been important for as long as humankind has existed. For these things, the community library forms a beating heart. The power of our libraries can be amplified by being inclusive for the rich diverse cross-sections of our society, empowering people to grow, then shine their light into the world. This is the story of how community, connection, and knowledge empowered one person to thrive after a spinal cord injury, depression, and a move from a war-torn country. | RECORDING
2:50pm – 3.00pmWrap up – PD Close   
3.30pm – 4.30pmOPTIONAL
Tour of Noosaville Library and Cooroy Library – see staff at Registration Desk to confirm attendance