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Ambassadors | Next Library Satellite 2020

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Ambassadors | Next Library Satellite 2020


State Library is thrilled to be hosting Next Library Satellite in 2020 but we aren't the only ones excited about the program! Library leaders from around the world also can't wait to share the Next Library love.

Next Library Ambassador—Dr Michael Stephens

Dr Michael Stephens

Dr Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. His teaching focuses on information communities, evolving library service, and reflective practice for librarians. His teaching has garnered awards for delivery and engagement in the online environment. Dr. Stephens has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education.

His research focuses on the use of emerging technologies in libraries, professional development and learning programs for librarians, and innovation in information environments. He is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support user curiosity, encourage participation, nurture the creation of new knowledge, and encourage the heart. In 2018, Dr. Stephens spent a month in Australia visiting libraries, keynoting a multi-national conference, and serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern Queensland. ALA Editions has published two collections of his writings: The Heart of Librarianship (2016) and Wholehearted Librarianship (2019).  Michael resides in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Next Library Satellite Ambassador—Marie Engberg Eiriksson

Marie Engberg Eiriksson

Marie Engberg Eiriksson is a Librarian at heart.

Marie has worked in public libraries for the last ten years, with accessible library services and communication. She is a standing committee member and Information Coordinator of IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs and a board member at accessible formats publishing house NDL. She writes and presents on matters related to accessible library services and accessible formats.

She is currently studying for a masters in Universal Design and Accessibility and working as a freelance library consultant.

In her spare time she likes to knit, play the ukulele and visit libraries, a hobby that she also shares on the library travel blog Library Planet

Marie loves to go to NEXT library because it feels more like a professional playground than a conference.

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Twitter | Facebook 

Next Library Ambassador—Mylee Joseph

Mylee Joseph

Mylee Joseph is a consultant to the NSW public library network based at the State Library of NSW.  In this role she provides advice to local government on the operation of public libraries.  Her interests include repositioning and re-imagining public libraries to meet the changing needs of their communities; mentoring new library professionals; building digital engagement skills in library teams using social media tools and measuring the impact of public libraries for their communities.  Mylee is a member of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee.

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Twitter | LinkedIn

Next Library Ambassador—Carolyn Robertson

Carolyn Robertson

Carolyn Robertson is Head of Libraries and Information for Christchurch City Council, leading the planning and delivery of public library services for Christchurch, New Zealand.

Carolyn has sponsored several library building projects in recent years which form a key part of the Christchurch rebuild after the 2010/11 earthquakes. The largest of these is Tūranga, the multi award winning new central library which opened in October 2019. A key anchor project in the rebuild and flagship for the city’s library services, Tūranga welcomed one million visitors in its first year of operation.

Carolyn is a fellow of LIANZA (the Library and Information Association of New Zealand) and served as President in 2010/11.  Carolyn is a current member of LIAC (the Library and Information Advisory Commission), a national body advising the Minister for the National Library. Carolyn enjoys involvement in international library networks and presented at the Next Library Satellite in 2017. She is a member of IFLA and was a sponsor for the INELI leadership programme developed by the Global Libraries Network.


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Next Library Satellite

Join us in Brisbane, Australia 11 - 13 October 2020

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