Dr Alex Byrne

Dr Alex Byrne a professional librarian, researcher and writer with deep interest in the roles of memory institutions, the complexity of issues relating to Indigenous peoples and transmission of knowledge. He has been State Librarian and Chief Executive of the State Library of New South Wales since 2011 following positions in library and university executive management around Australia, most recently at the University of Technology, Sydney. Alex served for a decade in leadership positions with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions – the world body for libraries – including President from 2005 to 2007. He currently chairs National and State Libraries Australasia, the consortium of the primary libraries in each jurisdiction of Australia and New Zealand. Alex enjoys travel and the bush, drawing and printmaking, and – inevitably – reading. Twitter: @libswell

Alisa Howlett


Alisa Howlett is an information professional with experience in a variety of contexts, including information management, government recordkeeping and academic libraries. Prior to her current project work related to improving academic library services and student learning experiences, Alisa was a Policy Officer at Queensland State Archives, undertaking research into emerging issues and trends, and providing input to records and information management advice for the public sector.
Adopting the ‘practitioner-researcher’ approach to professional practice early in her career, Alisa presented research findings while completing her Masters degree, and has continued to undertake and contribute to research projects, both as part of her work and in areas of professional interest. She has previously published research related to evidence-based library and information practice in Information Research. Alisa is the current chairperson of the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee.
Alisa has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and received her Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) in 2013. You can find Alisa on Twitter @acrystelle or on her blog at

Dr Gillian Hallam

As an educator and researcher, Gillian Hallam ( is Adjunct Professor with the Queensland University of Technology. She has developed and run a series of specialised courses in legal research, health librarianship, research support services and evidence-based library and information practice, and also works as a trainer with the IFLA Building Strong Library Associations program. Her consultancy activities encompass projects across the academic, public and special library sectors.
Gillian has an active professional life and has served on the Board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as President and as Director. In 2011, she was named Information Professional of the Year by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Australia-New Zealand Chapter. Twitter: @GillHallam

Holger Aman

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Holger is currently the acting manager of the LawCourts Library. His substantive position is as a Reference Librarian for the LawCourts Library. He is currently the Vice President of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association and has held the following positions in various professional associations: Events Program Coordinator of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association, Program Coordinator and Sponsorship/Social Events Committee member for NLS7 (New Librarian’s Symposium), Events Officer at ALIA Sydney group, Co-Coordinator of ALIA NewGrads group (QLD). He is currently standing for election to the ALIA Board of Directors. He has presented at a number of conferences including: NLS6, ALIA National 2014, ALLA National 2013 and LibTech 2013. His work has been published a number of times in the Australian Law Librarian, as well as Incite. I’ve also presented at numerous ALIA and ALLA events on a variety of subjects. Holger is also the recipient of the 2015 Metcalfe Award for high achievement by an ALIA Personal Member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services. Holger passionately believes in the importance and the future of the profession. He is most concerned with the following: (i) Promoting the importance of, and improving reference and research skills, (ii) Improving leadership in the profession, (iii) Improving and ensuring continual professional development for all library and information professionals, (iv) Raising the profile of the profession, and (v) Mentoring and encouraging new librarians. Twitter: @leatherboundlib

Jo Kaeding

Jo Kaeding is a Doctoral candidate with the University of South Australia, researching ‘Access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families’. Jo is also a Children’s Librarian with the Adelaide Hills Council. She is the Programs Team Leader, responsible for children’s, youth and adult programs throughout the library service. Jo is the current recipient of the following awards: South Australian Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship, Public Libraries of South Australia Rod East Memorial Award and the Australian Library and Information Association Twila Ann Janssen Herr Award. Jo is a current committee member of the Australian Libraries and Information Association Children’s and Youth Services and is a past secretary of the South Australian Libraries Children’s Youth Services. Twitter: @kaedingjo

John Shipp

John is the current President of ALIA His initial career was as a primary teacher. He retrained as an archivist and has been part of the library and information profession for almost 40 years. During that time he has been an archivist and university librarian at the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney. John was president of the Council of Australian University Librarians from 1992-1996 and president of ALIA in 1998. In retirement, John volunteers as the manager of the Illawarra Museum in Wollongong.

Throughout his career, John has focused on improving the quality of, and equity of access to, information particularly within the education sector. He has promoted the role and importance of information professionals in the online environment and advocated investment in the national information infrastructure.

Professor Lisa Given


Lisa M Given, Ph.D., is Professor of Information Studies and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Lisa is a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education and has served on the College of the Australian Research Council. Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in Humanities Computing and in Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. A former Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. Her research interests include individuals’ information behaviors, web usability, social media use, health informatics, information literacy and qualitative inquiry. She is Editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008) and author of 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research (Sage 2016). For more information see Lisa’s website at Twitter: @lisagiven