GLAMAWARRA3 Wrap Up by Jack Kelly

On Friday, 21 June, I attended the annual GLAMWARRA event organised by the ALIA South Coast Group at Shellharbour City Library. While #GLAMWARRA3 was not designed with a theme in mind, it did celebrate the efforts of the #GLAMR sector across the South Coast and provided an opportunity for learning and connection.

With a diverse range of presenters, what were the key takeaways?

1. Networking, relationships and partnerships – The importance of networking, building relationships with fellow professionals and the need to create an awareness of other GLAMR practices happening across the wider region.

Volunteers make a real difference to library projects and assist the unlocking of collections. You should get involved in an ALIA Special Interest  Group like ALIA SNGG or ALIA Group. Explore the list of ALIA Groups & Communities to learn more.

Partner with locals across the sector to develop a new museum.

2. Active marketing, community engagement and outreach – The methods include new website, social media, talks, workshops, webinars, articles, exhibitions, courses, groups, virtual library tour, makerspace and activities.

3. Space – The importance of understanding how space is designed and shapes the #userexperience
and how this differs across the GLAMR Sector.

Thoughtful design, co-locating activities within the library near similar land uses is important when creating a vibrant atmosphere and attracting users.

4. Why our library sector matters – Irrespective of the different organisations which make up the GLAMR sector, they help ground individuals and communities as places, providing opportunities for, learning, creativity, belonging and openness.

 I like to thank the ALIA South Coast Group and ALIA in designing a great networking event.

By Jack Kelly (He/Him)
Convenor of SNGG

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