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CRIG Forum - May 2015

Partnerships: Making friends in the right places

This forum will focus on librarians working within the library space and beyond.  How positive working relationships are forged by extending the traditional boundaries.

Date & Time Friday 22 May 2015
1.00 for 1.25 p.m. start

Venue:  Deakin University City Centre
Level 3, Deloitte Building
550 Bourke Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

RSVP by Friday 15 May 2015


1.25pm        Welcome and Introduction from Chair of CRIG
Paula Todd – Monash University

1.30 – 2.00   RMIT – Building relationships based on trust and sustainability (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions)
Spiros Soulis – RMIT University [pptx] 2MB

Changing how we collaborate and think in organisations, using an Agile approach and really harnessing the human capital available to drive and lead projects. 

2.00 – 2.30   University of Melbourne – Participatory Planning: librarians and architects, partners in design (30 Minutes)
Karen Kealy and Sarah Charing – University of Melbourne [pdf]                 

University libraries are increasingly being reassessed in the role they play in supporting student learning and academic research, in managing evolving pedagogical practices in education and in service delivery modeling. In 2010, as part of the redesign of the Melbourne School of Design building, a library was embedded into the design of the building, and given prime location on the ground floor. This presentation explores, through interviews with the architects, project managers and library management, the ways in which each group worked together, building on their differing perspectives of what and how a library should be to design and build a library that aligns with the pedagogical approaches taken by the library in service delivery, and by a faculty teaching across diverse areas.

2.30 – 3.00    Break (30 minutes)

3.00  3.50    Snap Chats

Deakin University - Collaborating with external partners in achieving digital literacy outcomes (10 minutes) 
Rebecca Carruthers – Learning and Teaching Librarian – Deakin University   [Presentation at]

Victoria University – Snap, Crackle & Pop Up: Collaborating with Academic Skills & Development Staff (5 minutes)
Lou Connell – College Librarian –Business, Scholarly Information Services -  Victoria University  [pptx] 1MB

Monash University - Promoting evidence based practice, a collaborative education approach (10 minutes)
Paula Todd – Subject Librarian, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences - Monash University [ppsx] 3MB

University of Melbourne – Leveraging cross-university partnerships to build organisational elearning capacity  (5 minutes)
Hero Macdonald – Arts Librarian, University Library -  University of Melbourne  [Presentation at]

3.50 4.00    Finish

The Speakers

Sarah Charing
University of Melbourne

Sarah Charing is developing a profile in research support in the University of Melbourne Library. She has an interest in the way in which the design of  the new library space meets its operational requirements, having expertise and experience in managing client services. She is also interested in how the space can be used to build relationships with the Faculty research community, and engage the faculty staff and students with the space through the library’s collections – looking at the opportunities offered by how collections are accessed and showcased in the new library space.

Karen Kealy
University of Melbourne
Karen Kealy is the Associate Director for Information Services and Library Spaces at the University of Melbourne Library. She has over 30 years’ experience working in libraries in many different roles. She has been involved in many library building projects, with the most recent completed project the Architecture and Building and Planning Library in the new Melbourne School of Design building at the University of Melbourne. In this project the Library staff worked in partnership with Faculty staff, Property and Campus Services staff as well as architects, designers and builders to create this Library. She is interested in the design of Library spaces to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of students and staff, to create different types of spaces and to give people choices in the use of the spaces , and she has a particular interest in how spaces are designed and how people use and interact with the spaces.

Spiros Soulos
Project Manager, Global Learning by Design
Office of the Dean, Learning and Teaching, RMIT University 
Spiros Soulis is a project manager with experience in leading and managing teams on mountains such as Everest as well as working on major projects in Higher Education.  His work has involved changing how we collaborate and think in organisations, using an Agile approach and really harnessing the human capital available to drive and lead projects. 

Map and travel directions

By public transport

Easily accessible by bus, train and tram.  You can find more information – and plan your journey – on the Public Transport Victoria website.

By car

Parking is very limited.  It is advisable to take public transport.

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