ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums


ALIA invites you to the 2020 Leadership and Innovation Forum series across Australia

These bi-annual events are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. To give them the opportunity to network with some of the key thinkers and decision-makers; the people who drive our industry. 

Our overall theme is leadership and innovation - if we can make these work for us, we will be looking at a bright future for the library and information sector.


The challenge we will be putting to our expert panel in each state and territory in 2020 will be to review our “NextGen Leadership Scorecard” report and consider some visions for success in this aspect of our sector and profession.

In their view, what does it take? What are the areas we should be concentrating on? And what can we do to ensure success and growth?


The evening will give ALIA members the opportunity to have an afterwork drink, meet and chat to peers from the GLAMR sector, and encourage personal thought and action in this vital aspect of our work.

Come along and enjoy a fantastic networking opportunity and a convivial drink and canape. Cheers!


Free for ALIA Members, however all are welcome.  Numbers will be limited, so be sure to register early for this not-to-be-missed opportunity. 





State Date/Time Location Panellists

Friday 21 February

6pm - 8:30pm

North Lakes Community Hall 
Matt Pascoe
Libraries and Customer Services Customer Experience Manager, Ipswich Library Service
Maddy Medlycott
Legal Research and Reference Librarian
ALIA Students and New Graduates Group co-convenor (SNGG)
Commander Nick Cusack
HMAS Moreton, Royal Australian Navy
Chris Girdler
Manager Customer and Cultrual Services, Moreton Bay Region

Hosted by ALIA Board Member, Kim Sherwin

Registrations now closed.


Thursday 27 February

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Canberra Museum+Gallery


Marie-Louise Ayres
Director General, National Library of Australia
Vanessa Little
Director, Libraries ACT
Craig Middleton
Curator, National Museum of Australia
Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University
Registrations now closed.

Thursday 26 March

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Northern Territory Library
Parliament House, Darwin
Phyllis Williams 
Director National Archives NT
Regan Forrest 
Assistant Direct Content and Innovation, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Maeva Masterson
Assistant Director Library Sector Services, Library & Archives NT

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year


Monday 30 March

5:00pm -7:00pm

Allport Library and Art Museum,

Liz Jack
Executive Director, Libraries Tasmania

Alison Lai
CEO, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council

Lord Mayor Cr. Anna Reynolds

Hosted by ALIA Board Director and Director Library Network, Libraries Tasmania, Helen Ebsworth.

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year

Thursday 2 April
5:00pm for 5:30pm - 8:00pm
With an optional library tour 4:30pm - 5:15pm

Darling Square Library Ideas Space



Associate Professor Tamson Pietsch
Senior Lecturer, Social & Political Sciences and Director of the Australian Centre for Public History, University of Technology

Heather Davis
Manager Libraries and Learning, City of Sydney

Cecilia Kugler
Director, CK Design International


Hosted by ALIA President, Robert Knight, OAM.


This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year


Thursday 2 April

5:00pm - 7:30pm

State Library WA

Great Southern Room

Sophie Farrar​
Manager Client Services, SLWA


Rob Moore​|
Delivery Innovation Lead, Telstra Purple


Con Wiebrands
University Librarian, ECU​


Hosted by ALIA Vice-President, Viv Barton

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year