Keynote speakers


Professor Carolyn McGregor – Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics                          University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr McGregor has led pioneering research in Big Data analytics, real-time event stream processing, temporal data stream data mining, business process modelling and cloud computing. She now progresses this research within the context of critical care medicine, mental health, astronaut health and military and civilian tactical training. She has been awarded over $10 million in research, consultancy and infrastructure funding and has led multiple large research programs including a multi-million dollar First of A Kind (FOAK) research program with IBM.  She has received many awards for her research and in 2014 she was awarded membership in the Order of Australia for her significant service to science and innovation through health care information systems. In 2016-17 she serves as the Chair of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community


Deborah Jacobs – Director of Global Libraries – Global Development Program –                              Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deborah Jacobs, director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, oversees the foundation’s work to improve the lives of 1 billion “information-poor” people by 2030 while positioning the world’s 320,000 public libraries as critical community assets and providers of information through relevant technologies.Global Libraries works to support the transformation of libraries and expand their role as engines of development in partnership with governments and other public and private funders to expand technology access in public libraries, train library leaders, and advocate for policy changes that benefit public libraries.  Jacobs and her team have worked in nineteen countries throughout the world ranging from the United States to South Africa, Vietnam to Bulgaria.  Deborah is a librarian with 40 years of experience leading libraries in becoming the relevant, dynamic, useful, and used centers of their communities. In Global Libraries she works with library organizations, governments, and future leaders in the field to help ensure the world’s libraries are places where technology and cultural heritage meet to change the lives of those they serve.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served as Seattle City Librarian for 11 years. In addition to directing the Seattle Public Library system, Jacobs led a $291 million capital-improvement program called “Libraries for All” that funded the construction of a new Central Library and renovated, built, or expanded 26 branch libraries. Over her tenure as Seattle City Librarian, the library moved forward in many areas including her priority areas of strengthening services to immigrants and refugees, early childhood learning, teen services and the virtual library.  Jacobs began her career as a children’s librarian, and has received a number of honors throughout her career.

Among other recognitions, Jacobs has been named by the University of Washington as one of the most influential women of the 20th century and was included as one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year in 2001, the first librarian ever to receive this honor. Jacobs’ happiest moments are when she has the opportunity to lead, manage, mentor, and inspire staff, allowing them the support they need to help shape their libraries and library programs in response to the needs of the people, aligning library services to community needs.

She received a BA in Government from Mills College and an MLS from the University of Oregon.




Christian Tancred –    Producer Community Engagement  Information + Cultural Exchange

Julia Mendel  – I.C.E Digital Communications Officer

Christian Tancred is I.C.E Community Engagement Producer and is a Cultural Producer and Filmmaker. He has worked in a variety of settings including schools, community organizations, youth agencies and local government. Christian specialises in cultural project management and participatory screen production. He has directed and produced numerous films and worked as a creative producer on a series of participatory multimedia projects with Australian First Nation communities, young people, refugee and migrant communities and people with disabilities and mental health challenges. Christian holds a bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University and is an honorary life member of Suicide Prevention Australia.

Julia Mendel is I.C.E Digital Communications Officer and produced the 2016 pilot the All Girl Electronic. She has coordinated projects with 14 Black Poppies (San Francisco) and Flickerfest Short Film Festival (Sydney) among others. Her community-focused art projects include Headmiles with inmates at Junee Correctional Centre, and TURF with artists living in public housing. She is a Co-Director of the annual Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium, which is part of This is Not Art in Newcastle

All Girl Electronic responded directly to the call (and need) for gender and cultural diversity in the Australian music industry (specifically in electronic music production and programming roles). Working with young women, aged 15-21, from the Auburn, Cumberland, Parramatta, Fairfield and Blacktown, I.C.E. (in partnership with Music NSW) delivered an eight x week program of intensive skills development training, creative production, presentation and mentorship.

The project team included an all female group of facilitators and mentors supporting participants in skills development, creative expression and confidence building. Facilitators and mentors included a range of producers, recording artists and industry professionals.  This presentation will focus on how a holistic approach to training, creative production and inclusion for young women can be maximised through strategic partnerships and participatory, self-determined learning.



Sydney in March

STEAM into Sydney in March 2017! Yes, after many years of promising that we’ll invite you to Australia we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting the Public Libraries Mid-Term meeting 14-17 March 2017.

… and what a great program we have on offer with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs in public libraries. Add to that visits to some of Sydney’s new and exciting public libraries and the chance to meet up with Aussie colleagues. How could you so no to such an invitation?

Start planning for Sydney!