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PLV is delighted to advise that registration for the Public Libraries Victoria Conference 2023 opens today.

The conference will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thurs 11 and Fri 12 May 2023. Click here to book.

PLV is thrilled to announce that heading our list of keynote speakers is Skye Patrick (pictured above), Los Angeles County Library Director and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year 2019. Skye manages the LA County Library’s $201 million annual budget and responsible for the operation of its 86 locations and 18-vehicle mobile fleet, serving 3.4 million residents in a 3,000-square-mile area. Skye is committed to breaking down barriers and increasing access for all. She introduced the iCount equity initiative, which ensures that library services and programs address the needs of the diverse communities served throughout Los Angeles County. When COVID-19 forced the Library to close in March 2020, Skye led staff to establish new services to reach beyond Library walls. As Library Director, Skye continues to reinforce the Library’s role in the community as a civic and cultural center, a hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation, and lifelong learning. Patrick is currently exploring how 21st century libraries can be transformed to address the social, educational, creative, and cultural needs of Los Angeles County residents as part of the Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship.

Also confirmed to give a keynote address on Day 2 is Dr Terri Janke, a Wuthathi/Meriam woman and an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), known for innovating pathways between the non-Indigenous business sector and Indigenous people in business. As the owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company (TJC), Terri advises on legal matters including intellectual property, business law, shareholder agreements and governance of Indigenous organisations. SLV and PLV have engaged TJC to consider how culturally safe public libraries in Victoria are for Aboriginal staff and patrons, and the cultural competency of public library staff, in order to provide recommendations for the sector. Terri will present on the results of this research at the conference.

Our MC for the conference is the wonderful Jacinta Parsons. Jacinta is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer, and public speaker. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas, where she often champions the work of public libraries.

Further details of the conference program will be release in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, click here to book your place today!


A couple of points to note about registration:

At the bottom of the Contact Details page, you need to select from one of the following in order to proceed:

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Payment can be made on the spot via credit card by selecting ‘online payment’.

If you require an invoice, select ‘Pay via Invoice’ and it will be emailed to you.

Please check your junk folder if you do not receive confirmation of your registration via email.

You will have an opportunity to register for workshops and other sessions with limited numbers closer to the conference dates.

Presenters will have the opportunity to register once the conference abstracts have been assessed.

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We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

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