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Networking Opportunities

This years social program offers delegates fantastic networking opportunities with industry contacts. Bookings for the below events can be made through the online registration process.

First timers' breakfast

Date:                                Tuesday 16 September 2014
Time:                                7:30am – 9:30am
Venue:                              Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:   $40.00 per person

For first timers to the conference, the breakfast will start your day with fantastic networking opportunities and tips on how to make the most of your conference experience.


Welcome reception - Sponsored by Aurora Foundation Ltd 

Date:                                  Tuesday 16 September 2014
Time:                                 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue:                               Exhibition Hall, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                    Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:    Included in full delegate, speaker and student / retired registrations
Additional Ticket Cost:   $65.00 per person         

End your first day of conferencing with a cold beverage, a bite to eat and some amazing entertainment. This will give you the perfect chance absorb your first day, meet, and catch up with other delegates.

You don't want to miss this event!


Games session

"Games" feel like a new medium because of the rise of the videogame, but in fact they're as old as culture itself. Join us for a hilarious evening of icebreaking fun with your library colleagues, where we might talk a bit about games, play, culture and learning in libraries of all kinds... but mostly we'll play a bunch of easy-to-run social games (anyone for Werewolf?) that you can take home and use in your library. Who said networking, professional development and fun couldn't share a timeslot?

Date:                                Tuesday 16 September 2014
Time:                                5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue:                              Mercure Lounge, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:   Free to all delegates


Breakfast workshop - Penguin and National Simultaneous Storytime

Brought to you by Penguin Group, join us at the conference for a breakfast workshop to be the first to hear the announcement of the 2015 NSS book. This workshop will provide you with some great resources and ideas to support your NSS event and promote reading and literacy in your library or school.

Date:                                Wednesday 17 September 2014
Time:                                7:30am – 9:30am
Venue:                              Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:   $60.00 per person

Start your day with a fantastic breakfast, wonderful networking opportunities and a great opportunity to learn some fun new skills in some hands on breakfast mini workshops.


Cocktail function

Date:                               Wednesday 17 September 2014
Time:                               6:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue:                             Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                  After five attire
Delegate Ticket Cost:  $45.00 per person
Additional Ticket Cost: $45.00 per person

Join us for the red carpet event of the conference! Pre-dinner drinks and the opportunity to mingle with the movers and shakers of your industry. This is an exclusive event and tickets are strictly limited so get in early!


Conference dinner - Melbourne Streets

Date:                               Wednesday 17 September 2014
Time:                               7:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue:                             Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                  After five attire
Delegate Ticket Cost:  $145.00 per person
Additional Ticket Cost: $145.00 per person

We invite you to attend the ALIA National 2014 Conference Dinner. You don’t need to be attending the conference — everyone is welcome!

This evening is made just for you, this is the moment to relax, let your hair down and have fun! But remember it’s a highly important aspect of your professional development to be able to familiarise yourself with the key influencers of our industry. The conference dinner is the perfect opportunity to make new connections, and re-connect with colleagues. Surrounded by fellow conference attendees you can get to know your industry in a low key, relaxed environment.

Haven’t had a chance to explore Melbourne yet? Not to worry, we’ll bring a slice of it to you! Walk into the Grand Ballroom and imagine you’ve walked into the trendiest hotspot in Melbourne. Think graffiti, trendy and hidden alleyway cafés. Of course it wouldn't be complete without a live band to get your shoes off and onto the dance floor.

Sounds like something you want to experience? Register now and dance the night away with your fellow ALIA Members.

Please note:

The Conference Dinner is not an allocated seating function.

Conference Dinner tickets are exclusive and limited so get your ticket early!


Breakfast workshop - print your own workshop: intro to 3D design, printing and application

A basic introduction to 3D printing with live demonstrations and a workshop around creating your own 3D design from idea to print. Join Andrew Kelly from the Town of Victoria Park Library, WA, as he shows you the ins and outs of making.

Date:                                Thursday 18 September 2014
Time:                                7:30am – 9:30am
Venue:                              Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:   $60.00 per person

Start your day with a fantastic breakfast, wonderful networking opportunities and a great opportunity to learn some fun new skills in some hands on breakfast mini workshops.


Farewell reception

Date:                                Thursday 18 September 2014
Time:                                5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue:                              Exhibition Hall, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Dress Code:                   Smart casual
Delegate Ticket Cost:   Included in full delegate, speaker and student / retired registrations
Additional Ticket Cost:  $45.00 per person

This is the time to relax, take in everything you’ve seen and learnt; discuss it with fellow delegates, but don’t forget the next day we’re offering two incredible tours for you so your experience isn’t over yet!

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