Asia-Pacific Health, Law and Special Libraries Conference

Asia-Pacific Health, Law and Special Libraries Conference

Event Information

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), with Health Libraries Australia, the LIANZA Health SIG Community, the LIANZA Special Libraries and Information SLIS Community, the Australian Law Librarians Association and the New Zealand Law Librarians' Association are delighted to announce the relaunch of our Health, Law and Special libraries conference. The Asia-Pacific Health, Law and Special libraries conference will take place as a virtual event on 13th, 14th and 15th June 2023. It will be an opportunity to join delegates from Australia, New Zealand and beyond as we connect over common interests, explore future trends, and learn from the experiences of library professionals throughout the world. 

Conference theme: Connecting. Recent years have brought changes to the way we live and work, where we live and work and how we interact. Connecting with each other, with our communities and cultures, with technology, and with information have become more critical than ever before. This theme looks at our learnings from the recent challenges and focuses on the opportunities for the future. We are seeking your contributions to deliver a fresh, engaging and stimulating conference program. This will be a conference about challenges, experiences and possibilities and moving to a more sustainable and connected future. Key topics will include inclusion, sustainability, innovation and collaboration, information access, equity and inclusion, culture, technology, and the future of the profession.

Event Delivery

This event takes place online.

After registering, you will receive an email one week prior to the event with your instructions for joining the event. Attendees have access to the session recordings on-demand after the event. Most sessions will be available for a period of six months although some recordings will only be available for a shorter period. 

Please note that the recording of Jehan Casinader’s session will only be available to view for seven days post-conference.



In Person Networking Events

LIANZA Te Upoko O Te Ika A Maui & SLIS Mid-winter catchup

When: Wednesday 14th June 2023, 5.30-8.00 PM
Where: Huxley’s, 34 Bowen Street, Pipitea, Wellington
What: Nibbles will be provided. Purchase your own drinks and meals.
Contact: [email protected] if you have any questions.
(Registration/RSVP for this event will also be run via the LIANZA events calendar:


Prof Lisa M. Given, PhD, FASSA, is Director, Social Change Enabling Impact Platform, and Professor of Information Sciences at RMIT University (Melbourne). Her interdisciplinary research in human information behaviour brings a critical, social research lens to studies of technology use and user-focused design. Her studies embed social change, focusing on diverse settings and populations, and methodological innovations across disciplines. A former President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Prof Given is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and has served on the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) College of Experts. She holds numerous grants funded by ARC, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, working with university and community partners across disciplines. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, lead author of the forthcoming 5th edition of Looking for Information: Examining Research on How People Engage with Information, author of 100 Questions (and Answers) about Qualitative Research (2016), and editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008). You can follow her on Twitter @lisagiven, Mastodon @[email protected], and read more about her work at



Prof Virginia (Ginny) Barbour will be joining the Medical Journal of Australia as Editor-in-Chief  in late January 2023. She is Director of Open Access Australasia. 

Prof Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia and Director of Open Access Australasia. She is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was previously co-lead of the Office for Scholarly Communication at QUT.
She trained in the UK in medicine, specialising in haematology and then went on to do a DPhil at Oxford University and post-doctoral research in the US on globin gene regulation.

She was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She has been involved in many international open access, innovative scholarly communication and publication and research integrity initiatives. She was previously Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She is currently Vice-Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) Steering Committee, a Plan S Ambassador, a member of Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)’s Executive Board and a member of the Australian NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee. She was an editorial advisor to medRxiv.

Jehan Casinader is a New Zealand journalist, author and mental health advocate. He was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018. In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of people to share their vulnerable and deeply personal stories with the rest of the country. A survivor of depression and suicidality, he is the author of This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life (HarperCollins). 


Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Over the past several years, Caulfield has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish more than 350 articles and book chapters. His research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. The recipient of numerous academic and writing awards, Caulfield is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Caulfield also writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of several bestselling books, including The Cure for Everything; The Vaccination Picture; The Science of Celebrity… Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?; and, most recently, Relax: A Guide to Everyday Health Decisions with More Facts and Less Worry. He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which aired in over 60 countries and is available for streaming on Netflix in North America.

Brandon K. West is the Head of Research Instruction Services at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he manages the instruction program and supervises a team of award-winning library workers. Between guiding colleagues toward more sustainable forms of awesome and reimagining reference services, he also serves as a liaison to the Department of Anthropology and its Sociomedical Sciences program.
Brandon’s style emphasizes practical approaches and streamlining processes, so we can focus on the work that matters and is energizing. He’s delivered dozens of presentations, workshops, and trainings through the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and many other organizations. He has co-edited several volumes for ACRL Publications, including the most recent Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian: Identity, Advocacy, and Pathways (2023). When he is not in the classroom or mentoring colleagues, he is looking for the next challenge to pique his curiosity. 




Symposium Committee

ALIA would like to thank the organising committee for all of their invaluable work in the planning and development of the symposium program.

Qualify for CPD Hours

If you are a member of the ALIA PD Scheme or Proficiency Recognition Program (PRP) you can log and reflect on your time spent engaging with ALIA Virtual Showcases for PD hours. There is no cap on the number of hours you can claim - the total is simply the number of hours that you can spend actively learning and engaging in the conference content. This will vary from person to person.

Any PD questions can be sent to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Information

Cancellations received up to one week before the event will receive a refund less 20% of your total registration charge. No refunds will be given in the registration is cancelled within a week of the event.

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More Information

For more information contact the ALIA events team

Phone 02 6215 8222

Email: [email protected]


Keynote Speaker Partner

Interested in partnering with ALIA on this event? Contact us at [email protected].

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 to
Thursday, 15 June 2023
12:00 pm
MEM - $195 NON MEM - $255
9.00 CPD Hours