Rubrics for an informed society: the nature and future of the information profession

Rubrics for an informed society: the nature and future of the information profession

Whyte Lectures
Wednesday, 07 September 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

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In 2016, Dr Alex Byrne, former State Librarian and Chief Executive from the State Library of New South Wales presented on the nature and future of the profession. This annual lecture attracts over 100 information technology and librarianship professionals and included networking and refreshments. This is a free event.

Event commenced with pre-lecture drinks and networking in the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne. The lecture started with a welcome by Prof Ann Nicholson, followed by Dr Brian McMullin, Trustee of Jean Whyte's state acknowledging Jean and Phyllis Whyte and their bequest. Ross Harvey then introduced the guest speaker Dr Alex Byrne. Dr Byrne presented the lecture titled "Rubrics for an informed society - the nature and future of the information profession". This was followed by Q&A, finishing with networking with refreshments.

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Dr Alex Byrne

Dr Alex Byrne FALIA was appointed New South Wales State Librarian & Chief Executive in September 2011 until his retirement in September 2016, following positions in library and university management across Australia, most recently as University Librarian and Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching & Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Alex served for a decade in leadership positions with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions including President from 2005 to 2007. Over the last two years he chaired National and State Libraries Australasia, the vibrant partnership of the national, state and territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand.

As a professional librarian, researcher and writer, Alex has a deep interest in the roles of memory institutions, the complexity of issues relating to Indigenous peoples and transmission of knowledge, and the opportunities and challenges of the digital age. He was honoured with the HCL Anderson Award in 2015.

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About Whyte lectures

Presented by the Faculty of Information Technology and Whyte Fund Committee, this annual oration aims to provide thought leadership and inspiration in the librarianship, archives and records sector by inviting distinguished speakers to share their insights.

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