International affairs is an area of special focus for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in 2017/18, and identifying opportunities to collaborate and support library and information sector workers in the Asia-Pacific region is one component of creating a more collaborative library and information services profession.
As an ALIA Board initiative to support the international affairs program, we are launching this crowdfunding campaign to put together a bursary to send library and information service professionals from regional Asia-Pacific to the 2018 Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference (APLIC) to be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from 30 July – 2 August 2018. For every $3,000 raised ALIA will be able to fly an attendee over, accommodate them, and supply them with a small per diem to cover their expenses while they are at the Gold Coast. In addition to this, ALIA will provide free registration to APLIC 2018 to every person funded through this campaign, valued at nearly $2,000.
APLIC 2018 provides the perfect opportunity to bring together library and information professionals from a range of sectors across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to share their work in communities, schools and academia. This networking opportunity will be invaluable to the participants, with over 800 delegates attending.
The attendee will also be provided with a ticket to the conference dinner which is designed to allow attendees to relax, let their hair down and have some fun. Becoming familiar with the key influencers of the industry is a highly important aspect of professional development and one that many in regional Asia-Pacific miss out on internationally. The conference dinner is the perfect opportunity to make new connections, connect with colleagues. Surrounded by fellow conference attendees will get to know their industry in a low key, relaxed environment.
Each donation will contribute to providing a library and information service colleague with a rewarding professional experience and their presence at the conference will also enable them to share their knowledge and experience with the other delegates and add to the knowledge gained by all those who attend. Overall, the impact of providing these bursaries will be a stronger international library and information profession for us all.
Expressions of interest to take up any places funded by this campaign will be sought from libraries in regional Asia-Pacific by ALIA. The number of successful applicants will depend on the amount of money raised by this campaign and the final choice of participants will be at the discretion of ALIA.