Virtual panel discussion

What makes a library a library?

A virtual panel discussion
Tuesday 12 September, 2.00 – 3.00pm AEST

Join us to seek answers from industry leaders as we explore the many possibilities that are key to the library of today and tomorrow, and try to answer the big question: What makes a library a library?

For this chat moderator Adele Walsh (La Trobe University) will be joined by experienced library professionals Roxanne Missingham, Paul Duldig, and Dr Susan La Marca.

You can send your questions to the panel members through Slido on 11 and 12 September through this link:

Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University

Roxanne is University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University (ANU), and responsible for ANU libraries, archives, press, records, privacy, copyright, and digital scholarship. She was previously Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian and before that Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division, National Library of Australia.  Roxanne has a long career in libraries focused on the development of digital delivery and digital services. Formerly President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), she is currently a copyright lead for the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and member of many national and international digital research library committees. She was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2021.

Paul Duldig, CEO, State Library of Victoria

Paul began his career in economic policy and government finance, before two decades in senior executive roles at some of the most respected Universities in Australia, including the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

He has led major transformations in organisational culture and performance with a focus on improved outcomes for the community. With a lifelong passion for learning, he is inspired by the role of libraries, galleries and museums in society and understands the importance of engaging diverse communities.

Paul has significant board experience, including the Australian Dance Theatre, Linden New Art, and Art Monthly Australasia.

He has a deep personal interest in the arts, music, and theatre and his position as CEO of the State Library of Victoria combines his love of culture in all its forms with his experience in large scale organisational leadership.

Dr Susan La Marca, Executive Officer, School Library Association of Victoria

Dr Susan La Marca is a consultant in the areas of children’s and young adult literature and school libraries and currently the Executive Officer of the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) and the editor of their journal Synergy.

Susan has held a range of head of library positions in schools, been a CBCA Book of the Year Judge, and the Regional Director for Oceania of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).

Her PhD thesis analysed the factors that contribute to the creation of a reading environment in secondary school libraries, she has presented, on this and the area of design, both nationally and internationally.

Susan has been a regular reviewer and commentator on books for young people for many years and has also edited a number of texts in the field of teacher-librarianship. Susan is the co-author, with Dr Pam Macintyre, of Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading (SLAV, 2006) and wrote the book Designing the Learning Environment (ACER, 2010). In 2021, Susan and Dr Macintyre compiled the SLAV collection Building a Reading Culture: A Selection of articles from FYI and Synergy (2021).