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Organisation Name: New Horizons: Shaping tomorrow's libraries for the Victorian community
A retreat for Victorian public library managers and senior State Library staff
Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 July 2010, The Country Place, Kalorama

New Horizons was the sixth in a series of retreats for Victoria's public library managers and senior State Library managers delivered under the banner of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects, funded by the Library Board of Victoria with the generous support of Local Government Victoria. The retreats play an important role in joint planning and relationship building among the participants, who are united in their commitment to delivering excellent public library services to all Victorians.

The program began with a lively and provocative workshop led by the team from The Neville Freeman Agency (who produced the acclaimed Bookends Scenarios work with public libraries in New South Wales) utilising the INSPECT process and Zing technology. This scene-setting workshop examined the long-term future and shape of public library services in Victoria, taking into account the major social, economic, political, technological and environmental issues that will be faced. This was followed by presentations from library leaders Pat Losinski from Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and Winston Ong and Ivan Chew from the National Library Board of Singapore, who presented a kaleidoscope of views and ideas from around the world, covering the immediate issues and challenges for public libraries, strategic responses and inspiring examples of service excellence. The Retreat concluded with an intensive workshop, facilitated by Ian Phillips of I&J Management Services, during which Public Libraries Victoria Network developed a list of potential collaborative initiatives to advance strategic priorities for the next three years.

The PowerPoint presentations together with notes from the first workshop are below:
  • New Horizons Retreat Program
  • Workshop Zing Notes: Looking to the future - mega trends and mega shocks

  • Ivan Chew: Nobody left behind - Public Libraries Singagpore
  • Oliver Freeman: Megatrends and Megashocks and the challenges they offer
  • Pat Losinski - Presentation 2
  • Pat Losinski: The big picture - Presentation 1
  • Tour Group: Making a difference - USA Public Libraries
  • Winston Ong: Advancing the knowledge and social imperatives of libraries - Perspective from Singapore's context
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