Conference Program

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DAY ONE Wednesday 12 October 2022
Registration  12.30pm – 6pm Registration
Session 1 1pm – 2pmQPLA AGM
Session 22pm-3pmEmpower, Inspire, Connect Lightning Talks
*6 x 10mins
Focusing on First Nations families through First 5 Forever – Jacquie Rule, State Library of Queensland
The Human Library – Nadia Rutley, Brisbane Libraries
Get a grant they said … – Kate Landsey, Noosa Library Services
The power of passive programming – Jaala Beauchamp, Bundaberg Regional Libraries
Boutique Library @ Philip Street – Fran Moroney, Gladstone Regional Libraries
Library Lover’s book club – Ilona Gibson, Goondiwindi Regional Libraries
Session 2 3pm – 4.20pmWorkshop – State Library of Queensland
In 2022 State Library celebrates 120 years of delivering and advocating for public library services for all Queenslanders. We partner with local governments in the delivery of more than 320 public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centers (IKCs) across the State. 
During the past two years public libraries have continued to provide access to collections and services despite the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and series of natural disasters. 
This workshop will present an opportunity to unpack new annual reporting data and trends, including decreases in visitation and increases in online access; and to discuss the changing role of libraries in communities and what the partnership with State Library looks like now and into the future.
Presented by State Library of Queensland – Louise Denoon, Executive Director Public Libraries and Engagement & Katie Edmiston, Manager Local Government Coordination.
Session 3 4.30pm – 5pmALIA Professional Pathways – ALIA
Session 4 5pm – 8pm Trade Exhibition Opening
Presentation from Platinum Sponsor – Quantum Library Supplies
Meet the vendors
Browse and purchase local gifts from Bundaberg Art Gallery and Cha Cha Chocolate (eftpos only)
Network with other professionals
Book or receive a professional free headshot
Free try of Virtual Reality and meet Pepper the robotic cat.

Early morning activities on offer Thursday and Friday morning include: 

  • Thursday and Friday | 7am – 8am Bundaberg Library Tour (20 spaces – bookings essential)
  • Thursday | 7am – 8am Bundaberg Art Gallery Tour (20 spaces – booking essential)
  • Friday | 7am – 8am Bundaberg Moncrieff Theatre Tour (20 spaces – booking essential)
  • Open from 5.30am – Self guided tour of Botanical Gardens – no bookings required
DAY TWO Thursday 13 October 2022
Registration8am – 9amRegistration 
Session 1 9am-9.30amOpening Day two with QPLA President,Mayor/CEO and First Nations Welcome to Country
Session 2 9.30am –10.30amKeynote Speaker – Sami Shah
Morning Tea 10.30am-11.00am
Session 3 11.00am – 11.30amEmpower, Inspire, Connect Lightning Talks
*2 x 10mins
The Reading Hunt – Sharon Millet, Bundaberg Regional Libraries
The impact of diversity on Community Outreach: levels of success in regional towns – Gabby Byrne, Banana Shire Libraries
Session 4 11.30am – 12.30pm Kirsten Thorpe 
Decolonising collections
Sponsors12.30pm – 12.35pm GOLD SPONSOR Presentation – Peter Pal Library Supplies
Lunch  12.35pm – 1.30pm Poster Session streamed on Main Screen
Posters on display with staff in main area
Try out LAN Gaming and meet Pepper the robotic cat
Session 5 1.30pm – 3pm Dane Cross
Afternoon Tea  3pm – 3.20pm
Session 6 3.20pm – 3.50pmEmpower, Inspire, Connect Lightning Talks
*2 x 10mins
Spydus, STEAM and other surprises – Leisa McDermott and Megan Spagnolo, Cassowary Coast Region Libraries
Collaboration and Collectiveness – Melanie Mills, Balonne Shire Libraries
Session 7 3.50pm – 4.50pm Keynote Speaker – Jahan Kalantar
Session 8 4.50pm – 5.00pm Close Day 2 – QPLA President
Gala Dinner6.30pm until lateSecret Garden theme
Burnett Riverside Hotel Function Room
Local Buy cheque presentation
Local Government of the Year Awards
DAY THREE Friday 14 October 2022
Registration  8am – 9amRegistration
Session 1 8am – 8.40amVirtual Reality demonstration and networking opportunity
Session 2 8.45am – 9am Opening day three – QPLA President
Session 3 9am –10amKeynote Speaker – Ryan Dowd
Morning Tea10am-10.30am Morning Tea
Session 4 10.30am – 11.00am Empower, Inspire, Connect Lightning Talks
*2 x 10mins
Grant funding possibilities – Jacinta Ward, Western Downs Regional Libraries
Keep Warm Community Project – Robyn Chester-Master, Mackay Regional Council Libraries
Session 5 11am – 11.30pm Drumming Session – Cynthia Hoogstraten
Session 6 11.30am– 12.30pm Keynote Speaker – Jennie Garner
Sponsors12.30pm – 12.35pmSilver Sponsor presentation – Bolinda/BorrowBox
Lunch 12.35pm – 1.30pm Trade Passport prizes draw
Poster Session on Main Screen – Winner announced
Experience VR and meet Pepper the robotic cat
Session 7 1.30pm – 2.30pmTerri Janke
Author of True Tracks: Respecting Indigenous knowledge and culture
Session 8 2.30pm – 3.30pm Jess Wilson
Good Things Foundation
Session 9 3.30pm – 3.45pmConference close – QPLA President

In lieu of speaker gifts, QPLA will be donating funds to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support their ongoing works.