Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2018

8th - 9th February

A free two-day event in Melbourne, Australia, bringing together library leaders and professionals in Higher Education, to explore the role of libraries in the institutional strategy and impact of technology on learning and teaching.


12 Sessions

Industry insights, Talis updates and more...

10+ Speakers

Industry experts and thought leaders

50+ Attendees

Library and learning technology professionals

15+ Institutions

Higher Education Institutions in the Asia-Pacific region

Our Speakers

Our speakers will include Higher Education and technology thought leaders. You will learn about emerging trends and hear success stories. Your peers will present their achievements in improving academic and student engagement with technology. We’ll announce our speakers in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

Team Member

Janet Fletcher

University Librarian

Victoria University of Wellington

Janet Fletcher has been the University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand since December 2015. Prior to taking up her current role, Janet was a senior member of the University Library at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney for ten years, firstly as Director Information Resources and then Director Information Services. more...

Team Member

Colin Bates

Director Collections and Global Access

Deakin University 

Colin Bates is Director, Collections and Global Access, Deakin University Library where he leads the Library Collections, Copyright, and Licensing (CCL) teams. CCL develops both the strategic vision for library collections and content, and the access to and delivery of information resources that support Deakin’s learning, teaching and research. more...

Team Member

Simon Huggard

Deputy Director, Research & Collections

La Trobe University

I am responsible for two major portfolios in the Library: Research and Collections. The Research team provide services to researchers to help use our electronic resources, databases and print collections, as well as providing research impact reports, advice on open access, publication through our institutional repository and assistance with annual publication collection and research data management. more...


Stephanie Foott

Interim Director, Resources

Monash University

In her previous role as Systems Manager, Stephanie was involved in Monash's selection and implementation of Aspire, and since then has kept a watching brief on developments. In her new role as Interim Resources Director, she now has strategic oversight of the reading list service. She is particularly interested in harnessing technology to deliver a better experience for users, and of course to also streamline processes for library staff.


Caroline Ondracek

Senior Coordinator, Curricular Services (Library)

La Trobe University

Caroline has worked in her current role at La Trobe University since early 2016, leading the curricular services team. The curricular services team are the learning and teaching librarians, assigned to the discipline areas, located across a five campus university. more...


Stav Hillel

Senior Learning Advisor

La Trobe University

Mr Stav Hillel is Senior Learning Advisor for the College of Science, Health & Engineering at La Trobe University, working closely with The School of Nursing and Midwifery. He has a background in Medicine, Linguistics, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His research interests include the Philosophy of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Psychoanalysis, reviving dead languages, and Information Literacy.  

Team Member

Steve Donaldson

Digital Services Librarian

 University of Waikato

As Digital Services Librarian, Steve coordinates and implements Library digital services. This includes managing the digital content workflows for Waikato Reading Lists. He will be sharing techniques used, and observations taken from the 2016 Waikato Reading List Student Survey. Conducted one year after implementation this survey aimed to illustrate how Waikato Reading Lists was working from the students’ perspective. more...

Sue Hutley

Jennifer Campion

Subject Librarian (Law)

 University of Waikato

Jennifer is a law subject librarian at the University of Waikato Library, and Chair of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Standing Committee on Copyright.  Jennifer has been involved with the implementation of the Reading Lists at Waikato University since 2015

Sue Hutley

Kelly Johnson

Team Leader, Scholarly Resource Services

Griffith University

Kelly leads the Scholarly Resource Services team to ensure high quality Reading List Service delivery as well as the identification, selection, procurement and management of scholarly resources. One of her main interests is exploring service and workflow improvements by applying an evidence-based approach.



Craig Milne

Manager for Scholarly Resource

Griffith University

Craig Milne is Manager for Scholarly Resource and Library Campus Services at Griffith University.  He provides strategic leadership in the management of digital and physical collections, access to scholarly resources and customer focused library services that support the learning, teaching and research activities of Griffith University. In his 12 years in libraries Craig has worked in the Public, Government and Academic Library sectors and has an interest in using data to progress strategic directions and for evidence based decision making.

Sue Hutley

Alison Spencer

Head of Services


As Head of Services, Alison is responsible for ensuring the services Talis deliver are effective for our universities. She will be reflecting on what we have done so far, and what we are working on next at Talis, to help enhance institutional workflows.

Team Member

Rebecca Carruthers

Support Consultant


Our support consultant Rebecca provides face-to-face support, process review and training in Australia and New Zealand, as well as working with the entire team to provide online support for Talis users.

Team Member

More speakers

Coming soon...

We are confirming new speakers every week, so watch this space...

Join us...

Over the two days we will examine the latest trends and the hottest topics in Higher Education. We will look at how technology continues to blur boundaries, and how universities are delivering against growing student expectations.

Network and swap success stories with your peers

Hear from leading speakers in your sector

Discover best practice ways to improve your institution's performance

Network with your peers

Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2018 is your chance to network with your peers from the Higher Education community. You can mix with fellow professionals in Higher Education across the Asia-Pacific region, and hear how library teams are gaining more strategic influence at their institutions. Plus you’ll see how library professionals are applying their unique skill sets to improve student experience. They’ll explain how they engage their academics and students successfully, supported by Talis.

Latest updates

You’ll get all the latest news on what Talis are doing. We’ll share and discuss the freshest updates to Talis Aspire. Meet our Services Team and hear how we are evolving our support and consulting to meet your evolving needs. Discover the latest projects we are helping our customers with, and how you can continue to derive more value from your investment in Talis.

Plus you’ll learn what we’ve got planned next. We’ll also give you an exclusive insight into our new projects involving a wider range of digital learning resources managed and delivered by universities. We’re applying technology and learning analytics to enhance how digital resources are used in teaching and learning.

I work in the library, why should I come along?

The shift to digital has put libraries in Higher Education at the heart of teaching and learning. Library staff offer some unique and very diverse skills. Combined with their natural position to work across the entire institution and ability to connect people, what are some of the other opportunities on the table? These are just some of the themes we will explore at Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2018.

Thanks to the growing use of digital resources, libraries are playing a well-established role in teaching and learning. Join us to learn how our latest product developments can help improve your performance. You’ll also hear from your peers at other institutions. They’ll outline how Talis helps them succeed.

Leading speakers

Our speakers will include Higher Education and technology thought leaders. You’ll learn about emerging trends and hear success stories. Your peers will present their achievements in supporting strategic institutional objectives by improving academic and student engagement with technology. Continue reading to see our current confirmed speakers and find out how the agenda is shaping up for the two days. We’ll announce more speakers in the coming weeks, so watch this space. Don’t miss out – Register FREE today.

Practical Insights

You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other members of the Talis Aspire User Group community who are at different stages of adoption and rollout. Members of our services team will also be on hand to speak to you about how to get the most out of your Talis Aspire subscription. You’ll hear some inspiring case studies and discover how your institution can achieve similar impressive results.

Day One

Thursday 8th February

Deakin University has a long history of providing higher education both at a distance and on campus, and the Library has provided a foundational role for the delivery of learning and information resources to all students as the University’s strategies for effective teaching and learning have evolved over the years. The strategic impetus for the way the Library has offered lists of readings and resources has also evolved along with the University (and sometimes ahead of it), and giving curated structure to course and unit based learning resources remains a valued option for many academics. Not all want that structure however, and other approaches are also facilitated by the Library.

The implementation of Waikato Reading Lists at the University of Waikato has presented challenges and opportunities.  Student support for the lists has been generally strong, and many academics have also responded positively.  However, some academics and faculties have taken a bit longer to recognise the benefits of incorporating the online reading list model into their teaching and resource provision.
Prior to the introduction of Waikato Reading Lists, it was standard practice to provide course readings via print coursepacks, or via the online learning platforms, such as Moodle.  Some academics had integrated the print coursepacks into their teaching to a significant extent and wished to continue to teach in this way, so they initially expressed some resistance the introduction of the online reading list, with its copyright reporting requirement.
The Faculty of Law has traditionally very much relied upon the print coursepacks as part of their teaching practice. Over the period 2015-2017, the Law Library team has worked with the faculty to create and maintain reading lists for law courses.  These have largely operated in parallel with the print coursepacks, although, initially, the reading lists were primarily used for copyright compliance and not all of the lists that were created were made public.
This presentation will discuss the challenges, opportunities, successes, and learnings that emerged from this collaborative process. "

Join the Talis team for drinks in Melbourne after day one of Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2018. Location TBC.

Day Two

Friday 9th February

Following VUW's Talis Insight Award this year for "Excellence in Marketing and Engaging Academics", Janet will be sharing the VUW strategic library direction, and the role that Talis plays within that.

Reading List data is being used at Griffith University to inform collection development and progress resource strategies. Bringing various datasets together creates a more accurate story of reading list use at Griffith. By extracting and combining data from TALIS RL, TALIS DC and our own business systems we are now able to use the data more effectively to drive discussions at a strategic level to gain support for a change in resource selection by academics. It also enables us to report on progress towards our key target of more than 95% of all required and recommended readings online. Exploring the data is also enabling us to improve and clean up lists and to identify the underlying issues that are stopping us from achieving our targets. Developing a solid dataset to work with creates opportunities to look deeper into resource use.

This session concerns the function of reading lists (RL) in higher education and explores possible implications for student-satisfaction and student-learning at, largely, the undergraduate level. Namely, whilst positive experiences with RLs seem to inform the reported degree of subject-satisfaction by students, those same positive experiences, arguably, shape information literacy (IL) in students - an indispensable skill, particularly for those students who seek post-graduate qualifications.
Accordingly, the “ideal” reading list is perspective-dependent and goal-driven. The student, we assume, desires seamless quick retrieval of information, whereas the pedagogue (be it a librarian, an academic, etc.), in tandem with quick retrieval, wants to impart something about the organisation of that information – that a peer-reviewed paper, for example, is an article of a journal that has a volume and issue number, and that the content of a peer-reviewed paper is qualitatively different to that of a textbook, or of an encyclopaedic entry.
Methodologically, these views are gleaned from a number of unsystematically-obtained, largely anecdotal, data obtained during the promotion and employment (by the library and schools respectively) of Talis’ RL software at La Trobe University. In final, it is argued that some instruction in IL must accompany the convenience that reading lists afford students if libraries aim to play a part in producing consummate students.

The University of Waikato students received their first exposure to Talis Aspire (known locally as Waikato Reading Lists) in November 2015 with the commencement of Summer School. The number of reading lists quickly increased from the beginning of the 2016 academic year as lecturers were trained in the creation and integration of online reading lists into their courses.
A year later the Library completed a survey of students to gather information on how Waikato Reading Lists was working from the students’ perspective and to identify any issues around awareness of and accessing the reading lists, cost and time involved in the process, and perceived benefits, if any. Some key findings emerged from the results which led to the Library amending the content of some of our instructional and training materials for students, exploring ways to promote greater awareness of Reading List benefits and incorporating survey findings into our training activities with teaching staff.
This presentation will reveal what University of Waikato students thought of the online reading lists one year on - their issues, preferences and recommendations for improvement.

A snapshot of Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2017

Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2017 was attended by over 40 library and learning technology professionals from institutions within the Asia-Pacific region. The two-day event featured speakers from Higher Education libraries, as well as the Talis team who covered topics such as use of digital learning resources, academic adoption and student experience.

Register FREE for Talis Insight Asia-Pacific 2018

Use the form below to book your place now! This event is free to attend* for anyone who works in a Higher Education Institution.

Due to the limited amount of places at the event, we ask that no more than 5 people from each institution register to attend. If you are part of a commercial organisation, please contact us at insight@talis.com

*Talis reserves the right to refuse admission to the event.