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Let’s break the ice with ALIAWest ~ feedback

The first ALIAWest event for this year was held at State Library of WA on Tuesday, the 14th March 2017. 25 people attended the event along with three LIS professional guest speakers, Katie Mills (University of Western Australia), Lesley DuBois (Edith Cowan University) and Chloe Czerwiec (University of Western Australia).

Ghylene opened the event by welcoming guests, acknowledging traditional land owners, and introduced the ALIAWest Committee members. The presenters shared their experiences and some insightful information about the ALIA Information Online Conference that was held in Sydney earlier this year.

As the night went on, some common themes from all the presentations became apparent. One of these was the importance of collaboration – not only with those you work closely with, but from people you wouldn’t usually turn to when discussing a new way of doing things. By reaching out to people with different ideas and stakes in what you’re trying to implement, you have the opportunity to strengthen a project in unforeseen ways. Whether you're implementing a new repository, opening up how people can engage with your collections through open access and fair use, or if you're trying to implement any kind of change at your library – it is clear that collaboration leads to innovation.

After the presentations we had a chance to do some collaborating ourselves. Guests mingled and enjoyed some yummy nibbles.
 It was lovely to catch up with old and new friends and we’re already excited to see you at our next event!

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