Workshops & Networking

Workshops and Network Event Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00am – 10:30am

The Business of Libraries

Facilitator: Kyleigh Langrick, State Library of Victoria

Book Challenges

Facilitators: Trish Hepworth, and Jane Cowell, ALIA

11:00am – 12:30pm

Copyright Essentials for Librarians

Facilitator: Sarah Powell, Australian Libraries and Archives Copyright Coalition

11:00am – 5:00pm

Research in Practice: From Discovery to Impact

Facilitators: Dr Ellie Sayyad Abdi, Curtin University; Dr Mary Anne Kennan, Charles Sturt University; Emilia Bell, University of Southern Queensland; Professor Tina Du, Charles Sturt University; Dr Katherine Howard, University of South Australia; and Liz Walkley Hall, Flinders University Library

1:30pm – 3:00pm

From Stereotype to Empathy to Inclusion: How Diversity can bring Strength to the LIS Workforce

Facilitators: Joey Chung, ALIA Multicultural, and Amy Rake, ALIA Disability

 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Our Yarning: How to Work with your Community to Make Children’s Books that Relfect their Language and Culture

Dr Julie Owen, Library for All

Due to capacity limits, you must be pre-registered in order to attend workshops. You can add a place at a workshop when you register for the conference.

Networking Events

Welcome Reception 

Tuesday 7 May 2024 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Ticket inclusive with registration 

Kick off your conference experience at the welcome reception! 

This will give you the perfect chance to absorb your first day, meet, and catch up with peers as you enjoy some refreshments and get access to the exhibitors you’ve been waiting to meet. 


Conference Dinner – Celebrating South Australia 

Wednesday 8 May 2024, 7:00pm – 11:00pm 

Join us for a night celebrating the delights of South Australia. Your three course dinner will highlight seasonal produce from all over South Australia, from the Barossa Valley wineries, seaside towns and farms in the Adelaide Hills.   

 This will be a wonderful night and a chance to dress up in your finest evening attire or come in whatever you are comfortable in.  

This evening is a time to bring together people to celebrate and enjoy the opportunity to be able to all gather, learn and connect while letting your hair down and dancing till you can’t dance anymore. This dinner is the perfect opportunity to build new professional connections as well as re-connect with colleagues and industry partners. Surrounded by fellow conference attendees you can get to know your industry in a low key, relaxed environment. 

Don’t forget to have your photo taken at the photo booth and share them online using the hashtag #National24. 


Delegates Networking

We will have designated ‘Networking Areas’ setup throughout the Convention Centre including in the Exhibition Hall, Foyer E, and Foyer A/B. Please look at the Event Floor Plan for location details.

Delegates are encouraged to organise their own networking/catch up dinners. We have a list of restaurants all within a short walk of the convention centre. All of these restaurants are aware of the ALIA National Conference and may offer some sort of discount if you wear your ALIA National lanyards.

9:30am – 10:00am Tour One – Mortlock Library, State Library of South Australia
10:30am – 11:30am Tour Two – National Wine Centre of Australia
11:45am – 12:45pm Tour Three – ArtLab


Tours are ticketed events. Your must be pre-registered in order to attend. You can add a tour booking when you register for the conference.