Title

Broome Campus to host national conference for ATSILIRN

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 2-19-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place

Broome

Abstract

In April the Broome Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia is to host the national conference of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network (ATSILIRN).

The Network was an outcome of a recommendation from the Gathering and Sharing Workshop, which was held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in 1993. It was recognised that there was a need for a support and information network for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people working in libraries. The scope of the Network includes people and organisations servicing the information needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. ATSILIRN's membership includes students, individuals and organisations that provide information or resource services, with the majority of members coming from library and archival institutions.

ATSILIRN has held annual conferences since 1994. Delegates have shared information regarding issues and experiences affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in libraries, archives and information or resource services and people providing library, archives and information or resource services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Broome Campus Manager, Lyn Quince, said that the Broome staff were very excited to be hosting the significant national event for library services.

“It is the first time the conference has been held in Western Australia and it will be an excellent opportunity for those involved in library and information service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to meet and discuss the many issues surrounding their information needs.”

The keynote address for the conference will be delivered by Patrick Dodson, prominent Indigenous leader and professor at the Broome Campus. Other speakers include representatives of Charles Darwin University, Rio Tinto and the University of Queensland.

Media contact: Lyn Quince 08 9192 0602