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The Battle for Library Island


Friday October 13, 2017: 10:00am to 1:00pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Explore libraries’ work from a unique perspective with this participatory session covering five years in the life of a library-loving island nation. Step into the shoes of a librarian, community member, or government official in a fictional country, to explore the challenges and opportunities in those roles and relationships. There will be drama, there will be danger – and the freedom to reimagine librarianship in a whole new way.

Library Island is live-action simulated community engagement with practical take-homes, forcing us to rethink service development, innovation, and our strategic vision for libraries' future.

Attendees will learn to use a toolkit of fast, practical, cost-effective approaches to develop a collective library vision which can be embraced by staff and stakeholders alike; by trying out each activity, attendees will also discover more about their own priorities and perspectives on what the library is and what it might become.

Please join us at the AADL Downtown Library on Friday, October 13 from 10:00am to 1:00 pm.

This event is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. Register [|here].

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About the Presenter:

Matt Finch helps communities, companies, and institutions to create new and exciting activities, programmes, and partnerships. His work spans policy consultation and strategic direction, community outreach, collection & events development for cultural institutions, and professional development for staff at all levels.

Matt is regularly invited to keynote at conferences and events including LIANZA 2017, SWITCH 2016, and VALA 2014. He has spoken at the British House of Commons and Australia’s Parliament House on literacy issues and is known for devising lively interactive workshops for professional development and community engagement. From 2016-2017 he was the first ever Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland.

He is currently developing community engagement projects for the University of Southern Queensland while serving as Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs, and the author of the newsletter Curious, Mysterious, Marvellous, Electrical []

Matt holds a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of London. His writing credits cover a range of print and online media in the US, UK, and beyond.