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Organisation Name: The Big Issues: Public libraries, learning, technology and social inclusion seminar
What are the key challenges facing Australia's public library services?

The Big Issues seminar was held on Monday 16 November 2009, at the State Library of Victoria. It is part of the professional development delivered as part of the Statewide Public Libraries Development Projects.

The speakers addressed the big social issues and government priorities that will shape public library service development Australia-wide over the next three to five years, as identified at the 2009 National Public Libraries Summit: learning and literacy; the digital economy and digital citizenship; social inclusion and community partnerships; health and ageing.

This seminar was targetted to senior library professionals and others involved in developing, supporting and funding public libraries.
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  • The Big Issues seminar program

    Papers
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Public Libraries: National Librarians' Perspectives by Penny Carnaby, Chief Executive and National Librarian, National Library of New Zealand (speakers notes)
  • Serving Citizens in a Connected World: Why Libraries Still Matter by Bill Thompson, technology commentator, BBC Online (speakers notes)

    Presentations
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Public Libraries: National Librarians' Perspectives by Dr N Varaprasad, Chief Executive, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Creating Socially Inclusive Communities: The Australian Agenda by Patricia Faulkner, Chair of Australia's Social Inclusion Board
  • Evaporated Books by Mark Pesce, University of Sydney
  • Learning Beyond The Classroom by Tom Bentley, Deputy Chief of Staff to Australia's Deputy Prime Minister
  • Serving Citizens in a Connected World: Why Libraries Still Matter by Bill Thompson, technology commentator, BBC Online
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