|On 28 September 2008, a group of 15 Australians gathered in Singapore. They came from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Most worked in public libraries. All were associated with public libraries in some way. Some were supported by their employers. Others came entirely at their own expense. Every one of them was excited about the adventure ahead - 20 days on the road in six countries to see 23 of the world's best public libraries and participate in an international public library conference. It was the first time in memory that such an opportunity had been offered to the Australian library industry.