20 April 2015: Civica has kicked off its Annual Technology Roadshow, bringing to Australian and New Zealand library audiences Mr Kari Lämsä from the Helsinki City Library, and Mr Michael Byrne from the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne. The Roadshow also featured the official launch of Civica's latest integrated library solution, Spydus10.
Mr Lämsä, Director of Library 10 and Urban Workshop, both of which are Helsinki City Library's development centres for new physical and digital library services, outlined the many innovative ways in which his libraries currently service the community. The presentation also included a preview of Helsinki's new $150 million Central Library due to open in 2018.
Mr Byrne, Manager Community Learning & Libraries, described the development of the new Braybrook Community Hub which opened last month. The new hub includes a library, community health centre, maternal and child health centre, Early years centre, sports pavilion, café, Men's shed, and prayer room. It is the first stage of Maribyrnong City Council's vision to create a better future for Braybrook, one of the most disadvantaged suburbs in metropolitan Melbourne.
Civica's Roadshow has been a unique experience for me", said Mr Lämsä. "Not only because of the interesting presentations, but also the discussions with participants at Roadshow events. I can see that Australian librarians are seriously eager to develop their services to satisfy rapidly expanding needs of their customers"
"How fantastic it was to see so many librarians from all sectors interested in these presentations", said Mr Byrne. "The enthusiasm and thought provoking questions from the audience is testament of the value of these annual roadshow on offer from Civica. I know for myself, I learnt a tremendous amount from Kari's presentation."
"The Civica Annual Library Roadshow is an important part of our commitment to thought leadership in libraries," said Marc Nolan, Managing Director, Civica Library Solutions. "We are pleased to be able to bring to Australia and New Zealand speakers of high calibre in Mr Lämsä and Mr Byrne. Not only does the library community benefit from their rich knowledge and experience, but we have also gained insights and ideas to incorporate in Civica's own libraries."
The Roadshow will continue this week in Auckland and Wellington,New Zealand, and will finish in Perth, Australia.