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Patrick Gregory

Director, Northern Territory Library (Australia)

Patrick is the Senior Director, Northern Territory Library and Archives, having headed up the Northern Territory Library (NTL) for just over four years.

The NTL is a ‘state library’ with a major role in collecting the documentary record of Northern Territory history and culture, but it also has a very strong connection with the 32 public libraries across the Territory.  It provides operational funding, collections (including eResources), a Territory-wide Library Management System, and staff development services. The NTL also runs two public libraries directly, and as the main library is at Parliament House in Darwin, runs a Parliamentary Library Service as well.

Prior to this Patrick worked at the State Library of Victoria for seven years, in a number of roles, and before that was at the Victorian Parliamentary Library. He came into libraries as a web developer in the 1990s and has always had a strong interest in digital library services. He also has a background in history, so has been a long time user of libraries from a research perspective.

He currently lives in Darwin with his partner, four possums and a houseful of tree frogs and geckos. It’s a welcoming town with a relaxed and outdoor lifestyle, great markets and harbour views – but sadly no swimming due to crocodiles!

Jenny Mustey

Library Services Manager, Shire of Campaspe (Australia)

Jenny has been in the library game for about thirty years, commencing as a Teacher Librarian in a country high school in northern Victoria in 1986.

After ten years of working in the education system, as well as combining marriage and motherhood in 1996 she decided to have a short break before changing paths and moving to local government.

In 1997 she commenced work with the Shire of Campaspe in a casual relief position looking after one of the branches within the Campaspe Regional Library. Over the course of six years she progressed to senior management and has been the Library Services Manager since 2003.

Jenny plays an active role within the Public Library Network of Victoria (PLVN), past executive member and past member of Advisory Committee for Public Libraries for the Library Board of Victoria. She has been a project sponsor for three Statewide Leadership groups and also contributes to a number of other PLVN initiatives and is passionate about her involvement with the national program eSmart Libraries.

In 2014 her library service received the Pierre Gorman Award for its project Being Connected: Libraries and Autism. She is also the Australian Ambassador for the International Librarians Network, and is currently on a ALIA steering committee to develop a national Library Building Award. 

Opeta Alefaio

Director, National Archives of Fiji (Fiji)ome more info about this item...

Opeta is currently the Director of the National Archives of Fiji (NAF), a position he has held substantively since 2012. He is also the President of the Pacific Bureau of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) and serves on the Executive Board of the International Council on Archives (ICA).

Prior to his current post Opeta undertook a Master of Business Information Systems at Monash University in Melbourne from January 2010 to December 2011.  Before that he was the Acting Director of NAF (2009 - 2010), and substantively held the post of Archivist. He joined NAF in 2004 after some time in communications, and broadcast media

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