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Following on from a highly successful statewide conference in 2019, PLV hosted a second conference on Thurs 11 and Friday 12 May 2023 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Heading the list of keynote speakers was Skye Patrick (pictured), Los Angeles County Library Director and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year 2019.  Dr Terri Janke, a Wuthathi/Meriam woman, and Neane Carter, a Djaara, Yorta Yorta, Wamba Wamba, Wergaia, Wotjobaluk woman, presented the results of their research into how culturally safe public libraries in Victoria are for Aboriginal staff and patrons. We were also joined by former MP Kate Ellis, now CEO of Raising Literacy Australia, as well as academics Danielle Wyatt and Dale Leorke who addressed the question of what libraries bring to public play.

Panel presentations addressed a range of topics including ‘Libraries as places of diversity and inclusion’, ‘Libraries for Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Libraries Changing Young People’s Lives’ and ‘Future Focused Services’.

Our MC for the conference was the wonderful Jacinta Parsons, broadcaster, radio maker, writer, public speaker and library lover.

In addition to the panel presentations, there were workshops, lightning talks, a trivia quiz and chances to both give and receive reading recommendations.

Download the PLV Conference 2023 evaluation report.

Download the PLV Conference program

Thank you to all our sponsors

Our Platinum sponsor: Bolinda – BorrowBox

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