Call for Abstracts (by 29/04) – HLA Conference (29-30 Aug) – Caboolture Hospital Qld

Call for Abstracts (by 29/04) – HLA Conference (29-30 Aug) – Caboolture Hospital Qld

This year the theme is: Wicked Problems Innovative Solutions.

Libraries face a myriad of complex challenges in today’s dynamic information environment. Often described as ‘wicked problems’ due to their multifaceted and interconnected nature, these encompass diverse issues including;

  • Open access publishing 
  • AI technologies
  • Advocacy and community engagement 
  • Digital transformation
  • Equity of access
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Funding and budget constraints
  • Changing user demands

Addressing these wicked problems requires innovative solutions that often go beyond traditional approaches. They require librarians to be innovative, adaptable and collaborative to provide effective solutions.

Join us for an exhilarating exploration of the multifaceted challenges facing our libraries. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the conversation, collaborate with others and emerge equipped with new knowledge and strategies to navigate the wicked problems of today’s health libraries.

Presentations, we invite you to submit abstracts addressing the wicked problems above with your innovative solutions in 150 – 300 words using the following format if possible: background/introduction, objectives, methods, results, conclusions. Presentations will be 20 minutes long incorporating slides or you may wish to use other technologies for your presentation.

Workshops, we invite you to submit proposals for workshops that emphasise and provide hands-on opportunities to develop skills in areas addressing the themes above. Priority will be given to proposals that are creative, topical and offer opportunity for skill development. Workshop proposals must include: title, description of the topic covered, workshop outcomes, brief biography of the facilitator (name, contact details, affiliation), planned format, duration (max 1.5hr) and details of past presentations of the workshop.

Abstracts and workshop proposals should be sent to the HLA Conference Committee at by 5.00pm (AEST), Monday 29 April 2024. All abstract and workshop proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee.

The HLA Anne Harrison Award (valued up to $10,000) is open (closes Fri 03 May)

The HLA Anne Harrison Award (valued up to $10,000) is open (closes Fri 03 May)

The Award was established as a perpetual tribute to a person whose foresight, skill and courage helped found health librarianship in Australia. With the assistance of the Award, others may be encouraged to make their own contribution.

Awards are intended to supplement the activities of the Australian Library and Information Association in supporting specific projects and providing study grants.

Applications for the biennial Award are invited from all Australian health library and information professionals. Applicants are not limited to ALIA members or to librarians, provided proposals meet the objectives of the Fund.

Funding is available for research projects, study or a publication. For full information on the Award, past recipients and application guidelines, visit the Anne Harrison Award page

Applications close: Fri 03 May 2024 at 5.00 pm

Please direct applications and inquiries to the Secretary: