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SPEAKER PROFILES

Thursday, 18 November
 
 
Seminar Opening & Plenary
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Valli Morphett

Director, Design Jam

‘Together we are stronger’ is more than a tag line. Valli is a placemaking thought leader, webinar guru and co-design specialist who has spent over two decades driving systemic place-based change within Government & the consulting sectors. 

 

Ex-CEO of multi-award winning CoDesign Studio Valli now leads her own placemaking enterprise Design Jam. Passionate about communities of practice, Valli convened the Place Jam placemaking peer network in 2015 which now has over 1,000 members from across the southern hemisphere. She is an AU representative on the global PlacemakingX network and is past South Australian IAP2 Coordinator.

 

Valli has an extensive background career in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture within Australia and the UK. In her spare time Valli is a pavement chalk artist.

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Maxine McKew

 Library Board of Victoria

Maxine McKew was appointed to the Board in 2015, was reappointed in May 2018 and again in May 2021.

Maxine is Honorary Enterprise Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. A published author, her books include Class act, a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling, and Tales from the political trenches.

As a journalist, for many years Maxine was anchor of ABC TV’s 7.30 report and Lateline. Her work has been recognised by her peers with both Walkley and Logie awards.

In 2007, Maxine made the switch to politics and defeated Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood and later, for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Maxine is a board member of New Energy Solar, an ASX listed company, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 

Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative 

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP, is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS). Prior to this role, Rebekkah has been a library consultant for more than 20 years, assisting 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities.

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University where she is now an adjunct professor.

Rebekkah is the co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative, current chair of the American Library Association’s Council Committee on Sustainability, and author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State.

Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has a new book coming out in January called “Sustainability & Libraries: Programs and Practices for Community Impact

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Matthew Bollerman

Chief Executive Officer, Hauppauge Public Library, New York and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative 

Matthew Bollerman, MLS, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauppauge Public Library. Matt previously was Director at the Westhampton and Brookhaven Free Library. At Westhampton he helped construct a new $7.8 million, 14,250 square foot LEED Gold building that was recognized by Library Journal in their New Landmark Libraries issue. Matt was recognized by the New York Library Association with their 2014 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award and served as president of the New York Library Association in 2012. Matthew is co-founder of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative and Sustainability Roundtable’s first Councilor for the American Library Association.  He is passionate about public libraries ability to help regenerate their communities.

Sustainable Library Certification Program Panel Discussion
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Janet Scherer

Director, South Huntington Public Library

Janet Scherer is currently the Director of the South Huntington Public Library in Huntington Station, NY. Janet obtained both her MLS and Advanced Certificate in Library Administration from the Palmer School at LIU-Post. She has successfully completed coursework given by the Parent Leadership Training Institute, the Huntington Leadership Program, the Harwood Institute and the first cohort of Community Change Agents led by the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. Janet serves on the Long Island Library Resource Council (LILRC) Board of Directors; the LILRC Annual Conference Committee; Library Directors of Suffolk and Nassau County Diversity Committee; as well as the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and Member-at-Large on the New York Library Associations’ Sustainable Thinking & Action (START) Roundtable Board.

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Lisa Kropp 

Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library

Lisa serves on the advisory board of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. Her Library was the third in the United States to achieve Sustainable Libraries Certification. She is currently overseeing a 10 million dollar expansion and renovation of the Lindenhurst Library that incorporates many aspects of sustainability.

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Jill Davis

Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library

Jill Davis has been the Director of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library since 2006.  The Library has always played a vital role in introducing the community to new and important information. Under her direction, it continues this mission by taking a leadership role in educating the community in the importance of implementing sustainable practices. Jill has spent the last 6 years integrating sustainable practices into all areas of library operations.  She has worked and lives in the community she serves her entire life.

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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 

Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative 

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP, is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS). Prior to this role, Rebekkah has been a library consultant for more than 20 years, assisting 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities.

 

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University where she is now an adjunct professor.

 

Rebekkah is the co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative, current chair of the American Library Association’s Council Committee on Sustainability, and author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State.

 

Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has a new book coming out in January called “Sustainability & Libraries: Programs and Practices for Community Impact

ALIA - Sustainable Development Goals 
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Trish Hepworth

Director, Policy and Education, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Trish Hepworth is the Director of Policy and Education for the Australian Library and Information Association, in which role she is overseeing the Association’s Professional Pathways Initiative. The Initiative marks a significant investment of the Association in a diverse, supported and valued library and information workforce with the skills, knowledge and ethics needed to deliver library and information services that anticipate and meet the needs of the community, now and into the future.”

ALIA - Green Project
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Dr Kasey Garrison 

Senior Lecturer & Children’s Specialisation Coordinator, School of Information and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts & Education, Charles Sturt University

Dr. Kasey Garrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University. Kasey has experience teaching in primary schools as well as the university level. Kasey’s research interests focus on social justice and diversity issues within youth literature and the availability of these titles to youth. She has been invited to present to various organisations and research groups virtually and physically at regional, state, national, and international levels, including the keynote at the International Association for School Librarianship’s online conference in 2018 and ALIA’s Incite in Conversation in March 2021.

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Dr Sabine Wardle

Lecturer, Social Work, School of Social Work and Arts, 

Faculty of Arts and Education,Charles Sturt University

Dr. Sabine Wardle is a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Arts at Charles Sturt University. Sabine has extensive teaching and training experience in vocational education and at the university level. Sabine’s research interests and publications focus on ecological social work, environmental sustainability in social work, social work in public libraries and working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is an active member of Charles Sturt University’s Library Research Group and Environment and Social Justice Research Group. Sabine’s current research projects are focused on embracing cultural identity and promoting the role of social workers in public libraries.

Shared Leadership Program
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Jac Torres-Gomez

Community Learning Officer, Wyndham City Council

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Jacqueline Auhl

Youth Engagement Librarian, Hume City Council

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Jessica Anderson

Cobram Library Coordinator, Goulburn Valley Libraries

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Rachel D’Arcy

Acting Team Leader Sydenham Library, Brimbank City Council

Passionate about empowering library staff to assist their communities becoming environmentally sustainable, we are Elizabeth Payne (SLV), Jac Torres-Gomez (Wyndham Libraries & Community Learning), Jacqueline Auhl (Hume Libraries), Jessica Anderson (Goulburn Valley Regional Library Cooperation) and Rachel D’Arcy (Brimbank Libraries). During this years’ ‘Shared Leadership Program’ run by the State Library Victoria (SLV) and Public Libraries Victoria (PLV), our team been investigating how libraries can best support their communities to become environmentally sustainable. Felicity Macchion (Yarra Libraries), our mentor and an expert in leading meaningful change in libraries, has been a key support for our team throughout this program. Our thanks extend to John Martin and Sue Upton, the consultants of the Shared Leadership Program, for imparting their wisdom and encouragement on all things leadership.

Seminar Closing 
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Debra Rosenfeldt

Head of Library Sector Engagement, State Library Victoria 

Debra Rosenfeldt is Head of Library Sector Engagement at State Library Victoria.  She leads a wide range of strategic initiatives in partnership with Victoria’s public libraries that support library service development across the state. The Libraries By Design conference is one of these initiatives.  

Other initiatives include the Libraries Change Lives advocacy campaign, the Libraries for Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework for Victorian Public Libraries, and the flagship Shared Leadership Program for emerging sector leaders. Earlier in her career, Debra worked with the Boroondara, Whitehorse-Manningham and Casey-Cardinia library services.