Two Charles Darwin University (CDU) library staff will travel to England to co-present a paper at an international conference on the role of the Alice Springs Campus library.
Jayshree Mamtora, research services coordinator from Casuarina Campus library and Sonia Sumner, campus librarian from Alice Springs library will be presenting at the International Conference on Joint Use Libraries, to be held 19-21 June 2007 at The Lowry, Manchester, UK.
Their presentation, entitled A joint use library in the Red Centre of Australia, is a case study of the Alice Springs Campus library, covering the history, current situation, challenges and possible future directions.
The Alice Springs Campus library is one of only four ‘three sector’ educational libraries in Australia that caters for high school, vocational and university students.
On first seeing details of the Conference, Jayshree and Sonia were immediately keen to participate and share their experiences. Jayshree was formerly the campus librarian at Palmerston and was involved in the planning of a joint use library.
The paper highlights the library structures and discusses Sonia’s experience and challenges running it.
‘We submitted an abstract really quickly at the end of last year and had almost forgotten about it by February when the organisers wrote inviting us to present,’ she said.
They will join other speakers from Australia, Canada, the US, Africa and several European countries.