HLA Conference, Call for Abstracts (10 -11 Nov)

ALIA HLA are excited to be holding a face to face conference at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.  

Theme: Transformations

The health sector moves rapidly and libraries must embrace the challenges, continuously reinventing models of service delivery to meet ever-changing needs.

The Conference will combine keynote presentations with 20 minute presentations and meetings and/or hands on workshops. This is a great opportunity for first time presenters to come along and present amongst peers.

We are calling for abstracts that address one or more of the following topics:

  1. Transforming our service delivery models.

How are health libraries integrating with the evolving digital health environment and ‘telehealth’ models of care?

  1. Transforming our relationships.

How do we work with consumers, clinicians, academics and students in codesigning our services and creating innovative ways to work together for shared outcomes?

  1. Transforming our profession.

How do we plan for our NextGen health librarians and library technicians? And how do we continually improve our professional knowledge and skills as integral members of health teams?

  1. Transforming our spaces.

How are libraries adapting to changing physical requirements and reimagining what library spaces might look like in the future?

  1. Transforming our technology.

What digital tools are we creating, adapting and leveraging across the health library sector?

  1. Transforming scholarly communications.

How are libraries supporting evidence-based practice and capitalising on evolving open models of access to research knowledge and publishing?


We invite you to submit abstracts addressing one or more of the above themes in 150 – 300 words using the following headings:

  1. Title
  2. Name of presenter/s (contact details, affiliation, referee)
  3. Background/introduction
  4. Aim of the presentation
  5. Findings
  6. Conclusions or lessons learned

Please include a brief biography of the presenter/s.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long with up to 15 slides, or you may wish to use other technologies for your presentation.


We invite you to submit workshop proposals.

NOTE: workshops will be held in lecture theatres seating up to 60 people.

The aim of the workshops should be to provide hands-on opportunities to develop skills in areas addressing the above themes.

Priority will be given to proposals that are creative, topical and offer opportunity for professional development.

Workshop (or meeting) proposals must include:

  1. Title
  2. Description of the topic covered
  3. Workshop outcomes
  4. Format
  5. Duration (max 1.5hr)
  6. Brief biography of the facilitator (name, contact details, affiliation, referee)
  7. Details of past presentations of the workshop.


Proposals for abstracts and workshop (or meeting) should be sent to Angela Smith, HLA Conference Convenor at angela.smith@health.nsw.gov.au (cc HLA@alia.org.au) by 5.00pm (AEST) Monday 5 September 2022.

All abstract and workshop (or meeting) proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee.

Proposers will be notified of acceptance by end of September, before the registrations will be opened.

So save the date, submit an abstract and meet with your peers face to face this November!

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