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LARK 2020 Symposium


22 April 2020 - Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney (Australia)

Full Program
Registration (via ALIA)

We live in times of transformation in knowledge-related fields, as well as increasing interest in lifelong learning in its many forms. Many changes are ignited by the proliferation of information and new ways in which we interact with information. The existence of scholarly and professional groups such as ASIS&T’s InfoLearn, situated at the intersection between information and learning sciences, points to a growing need to revise disciplinary boundaries and consider new areas of investigation. In practice, librarians enable and support new forms of learning every day, and often gather evidence of emerging trends. 

Join LARK to explore advancements on the intersection of learning and information. We have a great line-up of speakers - prominent academics, and professionals from different library sectors - to inform, provoke and inspire our thinking.

 8.30-9 am

 9-9.15 am
Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country

 9.15-10.15 am
Dr DENNIS FOLEY, Professor of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, University of Canberra
 10.15-10.30 am
Professional learning at ALIA
Mr Rob Thomson, ALIA NSW State Manager
 10.30-11 am
Morning break

 11 am-12 pm
Long papers
“I’m learning new things, and it brings up new things”: Information seeking for informal lifelong learning as a serious leisure
Dr Yazdan Mansourian, Charles Sturt University

Digital literacy in the community and the role of libraries
Ms Kate Rowe, Independent researcher
 12-12.45 pm
Short papers
Core Capabilities for lifelong learners
Dr Suzana Sukovic, PLC Sydney

Developing a staff mentoring program for systematic reviews
Mr Edward Luca, University of Sydney Library
 12.45-1.30 pm

 1.30-2.30 pm
PANEL: Library clients as learners - What do libraries need to know?
Mr Nathan Sentance, Australian Museum
A/Prof Danny Liu, University of Sydney
+ Another Speaker TBC
 Short break
 2.45-4.30 pm
Workshop: Research Projects in Practice
Facilitated by the Organising Committee
 4.30-4.45 pm


Registration via ALIA website


  • ALIA members $100
  • Non-members $130

We wish to encourage attendance by library and information students, and colleagues outside Sydney. We are offering several grants to cover the registration cost. The priority will be given to: 
  • Professionals from rural and remote areas
  • Full-time library and information students
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander library and information workers and students
How to apply? 

Send an application to and include
  • Proof of regional or remote address and/or current full-time student status
  • Letter of recommendation: 
  • STUDENTS - from an academic staff who taught the applicant during their current course of library and information studies
  • EMPLOYED APPLICANTS - from the current supervisor
  • INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS - from an academic staff or former work supervisor.
Dr Suzana Sukovic - Director of Research and Library Services, PLC Sydney
Ms Janet Chelliah - Scholarly Information Manager, UTS Library
Dr Mary Anne Kennan - Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University
Mr Edward Luca - Manager Academic Services (Medicine and Health), The University of Sydney Library

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