Librarians, this one’s for you! Dive into a full-day masterclass focused on innovative programming that fosters creative communities. We examine the role of librarians as community guides, with sessions on curation, event production, marketing and more. Learn how to boost engagement both on and offline – from chairing a session to building a library’s brand on social media.
Presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office
10am Keynote: For the Love of Libraries
Libraries are an essential part of our literary industry and communities, and they provide value to the people that frequent them in real and material ways. This impassioned beginning to the day covers the importance of libraries to our communities, ‘literary’ and otherwise.
With Stuart Kells
10.30am Curation and Facilitation
The best programming comes from a deep knowledge of the community you serve. How can libraries best tap into the community of artists, locals and collectives around them? In this session we’ll discuss creative approaches to curation, the art of collaboration and engagement and how to program balanced and diverse sessions, as well as covering some practical tips for public speaking, chairing and facilitation.
With Lisa Dempster, Samira Farah and Hiroki Kobayashi
11.45am Remaking Libraries
Libraries can be sites for the democratisation of access to knowledge, but they can also perpetuate systems and structures of knowledge that are exclusionary or elitist. Hear from the founders of alternative approaches to library building: the Community Reading Room, Incendium Radical Library and Đất Nước travelling library.
With Anne-lise Ah-fat, Torika Bolatagici and Kylie Tran
1.30pm Workshop: Event Production
In this workshop you’ll create a plan for an entire event from start to finish, covering just about everything from initial concepts, financing, programming, branding, marketing and networking, to running the beast itself.
2.00pm Social Media and Marketing 101
You’ve done the hard-yards and come up with brilliant event and programming ideas that you know your community will love – but how do you get the word out? A crash course in writing snappy copy and utilising social media to make sure you get bums on seats.
3.15pm I Made It at the Library
Four makers in different forms reflect on their experiences using libraries for creative practice and discuss the ways in which libraries can best assist with creative research and facilitate the production of new work.
With Chiara Gabrielli, Ben Kolaitis, Katayoun Java
4.30pm New Ideas
Head downstairs for a happy hour drink at The Moat to reflect on what you’ve learnt throughout the day, meet your fellow librarians and brainstorm some new ideas to apply at your library.