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Informit attends inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference

Informit’s stand at the APLIC conference.

In early August, the inaugural Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference (APLIC) was held on the Gold Coast.  

This was the first joint conference between the Library and Information Associations of Australia (ALIA), New Zealand (LIANZA) and the Library Association of Singapore. 

The theme, Roar Leap Dare, was inspired by imagery commonly associated with these three countries.  

Informit Business Development Executive, Brett Joseph, described the event as a key platform to reach library and information professionals from the APAC region in one place.

"Informit had a great week exhibiting at APLIC, engaging with customers and meeting delegates from different segments in the library sector—academic, government, corporate, public and school libraries,” Mr Joseph said. 

The conference featured 80 speakers and over 600 delegates from the Pacific as well as China, the United Kingdom and United States. 

Production Projects Manager, Laki Sideris, also attended the conference in a professional sense to hear about the innovations and connections in technology, service delivery and content that are shaping the industry.

“APLIC hosted some very insightful keynotes, ranging from cognitive scientist Dave Snowden promoting a fractal-based approach to organisation, to the emotive history of the National Archives of Fiji improving access to heritage, presented by its Director Opeta Alefaio,” Mr Sideris said. 

“The presentation on innovative new classification systems developed in partnership with Aboriginal communities in remote Arnhem Land libraries was particularly interesting. It was a fantastic opportunity to hear about initiatives taking place and the value these deliver to the research community.” 

Clare Thorpe from the University of Southern Queensland, who also presented at the conference, took home a bottle of champagne as winner of Informit’s prize draw.  

From its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Informit works with library consortia, associations and agents to help users advance their research through access to peer-reviewed and specialist journals, monographs, reports, conference papers and bibliographic indexes, collated with a focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research.

For more information about Informit or to start searching, visit search.informit.org.

For more information about the conference visit, http://aplic.alia.org.au/.

Brett Joseph with winner Clare Thorpe