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Organisation Name: Connecting the dots: people, libraries and technology
Connecting the dots: people, libraries and technology was a professional development seminar held on Friday 19 April 2013 at the State Library of Victoria. It forms a key part of the workforce refresh project delivered as part of the Statewide Public Libraries Development Projects.

Debra Rosenfeldt from the State Library of Victoria opened the seminar, speaking about the range of technology related projects delivered as part of the Statewide Public Libraries Development Projects. In particular Debra noted the ground-breaking Internet and PC usage report , a copy of which can be found at PLVN Publications - Internet and PC Usage.

Carolyn Macvean was MC for the day and spoke about her passion for ensuring that libraries continue to embrace new technology. She noted her involvement as a project sponsor of the 2012 shared leadership program, assisting an action learning project group to produce a research report titled The National Broadband Network and Public Libraries . A copy of that report can downloaded at 2012 Shared Leadership Program Reports and Presentations.

Session One of the seminar featured a diverse range of speakers. Mary Todorov provided a wonderful snapshot of the NBN. Tania Barry and Christine Mackenzie expanded further on the role that libraries have in a broadband enabled society by providing a case study of the Mill Park Digital Hub. Cathy Stone and Rose Talo introduced us to the Places and spaces for online students program run by Open Universities Australia and Kate Barry spoke about the eSmart Libraries program that is currently being rolled out in public libraries across Australia.

The second session featured three more wonderful presentations with Paula Bray presenting on the Powerhouse Museum's experience with Digital, Access and Community, Phil Minchin providing an overview of games, makerspaces, and open catalogues and Nick Beswick introducing Online English solutions. The video used for that presentation is available online .

Presentations and flyers have been attached below.

We thank you for your attendance and ongoing support of the professional development seminars.
  • AMES Flyer
  • eSmart Libraries flyer
  • OUA Connect
  • Phil Minchin summary report

  • 01: NBN and libraries - Mary Todorov
  • 02 Mill Park Digital Hub - Tania Barry and Christine Mackenzie
  • 03 Open Universities Australia - Cathy Stone and Rose Talo
  • 05 Digital Access and Community- Paula Bray
  • 06 Games. makerspaces and open catalogues - Phil Minchin
  • 07 Online English Solutions - Nick Beswick
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