ASSOCIATES (2013, November, v. 20, no. 2)



Mary Carroll
School of Information Studies
Charles Sturt University

As the largest provider of education for the library and information profession in Australia, Charles Sturt University (CSU) was pleased to be associated with the recent ALIA National Library and Information Technicians’ Symposium in Canberra, Australia. With around 50% of our undergraduate intake comprising students already holding a Library Technician qualification, CSU plays a major role in providing a first professional qualification for the LIS profession in Australia and elsewhere, with the possibility for students with a Library Technician qualification from outside Australia to fast-track their progression to a recognized MLIS degree. Given this key role in working with Diploma qualified students, it made a lot of sense for CSU to be a major sponsor of the Symposium.

The program was a full one, ranging from site visits to traditional presentations, and CSU sponsored the Welcome Reception where over 200 people gathered in the National Library of Australia’s foyer to gossip, drink CSU wine, enjoy some great nibbles/snacks and be welcomed by the conference organising committee headed by Colleen Gammage.

On both days, CSU staff were active in the Conference program with lecturer Damien Lodge being part of the panel discussion on the changing economy and its impact on our industry and Bob Pymm, Associate Head of the School of Information Studies, providing the keynote address on the final day – which he did at the last Library Techs’ conference held in Canberra in 1997. He promises not to do another one!

The catering was great, the company terrific and the Halloween themed conference dinner a great deal of fun. For CSU it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with our students, distribute information about our courses to potential students and to link up with those working in the profession to ensure those connections remain strong and our programs relevant.

Further information regarding these programs can be found at