Keynote Speakers

Your NLS8 Keynote Speakers have been chosen because they embody our DIY theme – they change, disrupt, revolutionise, support, advocate and collaborate in their own unique ways. Come to  NLS8 to hear from the best and kickstart your DIY career journey!

jane_caro_-_head_shotJane Caro

Author and social commentator

Jane Caro has a low boredom threshold and so wears many hats; including author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer.

The common thread running through her career is a delight in words and a talent for using them to connect with other people. Today she runs her own communications consultancy.

Jane has appeared frequently on ABC’s Q&A, Sunrise, The Project, The Drum and Playbox. She is also a regular panellist on the ABC’s top-rating show on advertising “The Gruen Transfer.” She is a regular on radio and has filled in as host for RN’s iconic “Life Matters”. She remains in high demand by advertising agencies as a freelance writer and her advertising work has won many national and international advertising awards including Cannes, AWARD, London International, ATV, Asia Pacific, One Show, Mobius, Kinsale, and Caxton.

She is the only woman to have been Chair of Judges of AWARD (Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association) and both Adelaide and Brisbane Art Directors Awards. She has a BA in English Literature from Macquarie University. She writes a regular column in Mt Magazine and contributes articles and oped’s regularly to The SMH, The Drum, The Conversation, Mamamia and New Matilda.

Jane mentors young business people through McCarthy Mentoring. She is on the Boards of Bell Shakespeare and the NSW Public Education Foundation. She is also the mother of two daughters, a wife, a beef producer and a timber grower.

mg_1806R. David Lankes

(via satellite)

Author, The New Librarianship Field Guide
University of South Carolina

R. David Lankes is the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library & Information Science and the 2016-2017 Follett Chair at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. His work has been funded by organizations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. State Department, and The American Library Association.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society earning him the American Library Association’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2016. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, The Harvard School of Education, and was the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book,The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.

mylee2Mylee Joseph

State Library of NSW

Mylee is a consultant to the NSW public library network based at the State Library of NSW with a background working in research and public libraries. In this role she provides advice to local government on the operation of public libraries.  Mylee’s interests include repositioning and re-imagining public libraries to meet the changing needs of their communities; mentoring new library professionals; building digital engagement skills in library teams using social media tools; integrating mobile technology into delivering library services and measuring the impact of public libraries for their communities.

Mylee is on the expert panel for the NMC Horizon Report: Libraries Edition and contributed to the IFLA Opportunities for Academic and Research Libraries and Wikipedia white paper presented at the WLIC 2016.  In collaboration with Jan Holmquist, a Danish librarian, Mylee created the original English language edition of 23 Mobile Things exploring the potential of mobile technologies for delivering library services.

clare_mckenzie_headshotClare McKenzie

International Librarians Network
University of Wollongong

Clare is the Manager, Scholarly Content at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Library. She provides leadership, policy direction and strategic stakeholder collaboration for a number of Library teams engaged in publications management, copyright and digitisation, repository services and the UOW Archives.

She has previously worked with academic liaison, library repository services and research data management at UNSW Australia. Clare is passionate about the value of networking for professional development and spent three years on ALIA’s NGAC, including a year as Chair.

In March 2016 Clare and her fellow ILN founders and Directors were named Library Journal Movers and Shakers for contribution to community building with the ILN. She is the co-author of a number of papers related to the work of the ILN including the research report Rethinking mentoring: Online, International Peer Mentoring with the International Librarians Network, released in June 2016.

picture of woman with glasses and red hair named Kate ByrneKate Byrne

International Librarians Network


Kate recently took the leap from libraries to tech and is now the Research Platforms Product Manager at the software company, Symplectic. Working as a part of a close-knit team building research information management software, Kate is responsible for open access and repository related product development and community engagement. She joined the Symplectic team in London in 2016 relocating from Sydney, Australia.

Kate’s background is in libraries, research information management and open access.  Kate’s first role in libraries was over 10 years ago when she joined the Document Services team at UNSW Library. Kate went on to work for UNSW Library in numerous roles in academic, collection and research services.  Her most recent role was as the Manager, Research Reporting where she developed and delivered research systems and services.

Kate is passionate about community building and a strong believer that you need to get out there and create the world you want to live in. She is an active member of the international library profession, tweeting, writing and presenting whenever she can. Kate is also committed to creating professional development opportunities for herself and her colleagues. Kate’s work as a co-founder of the global peer mentoring program, the International Librarians Network was recognised in 2016 with the ALA Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers Award. Kate was also previously convenor for ALIA Sydney, revitalising the group in 2011 to offer professional development and networking events to the library community in Sydney.

Alyson Dalby

(via satellite)

International Librarians Network
Leo Pharma A/S


Alyson has a background working in special and academic libraries; a move to Denmark in 2015 brought a change in her career. She is now working for LEO Pharma, a Danish pharmaceutical company, managing a team of pharmaceutical regulatory analysts working on data migration. Since moving to Denmark she’s learned a lot, including how pharmaceutical products are regulated around the world and how to correctly pronounce (and achieve) hygge.

NLS is close to Alyson’s heart; she was a co-convenor of NLS in 2006, and has attended several NLSs in her time. She has a strong history of professional involvement, including with the ALIA New Graduates Group, NGAC, and serving a term on the ALIA Board of Directors. The latter triggered a surprising love of governance procedure and financial reports.

Alyson is passionate about self-directed professional development. Her work as co-founder of the International Librarians Network convinced her that “Wouldn’t it be great if…” is the pathway to innovation, and she has promoted the value of international librarianship around the world. Her work with Clare and Kate, ILN cofounders, was recognised with a Library Journal Mover & Shaker award in 2016.

Alyson tweets about libraries and life in Denmark, and writes and presents about the ILN as often as possible. Alyson will be living the life of an international librarian by joining the NLS program via Skype.