Lake Mac GLAM


Lake Mac GLAM is an annual professional development series specifically tailored for those working and volunteering within Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

These events will leave you informed, motivated and equipped to integrate new innovations into your current programming.

The 2024 program explores the following topics:

Be inspired by a range of industry-leading speakers and sharpen your knowledge and skills in specialist fields.

The Evolution of Libraries

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2024

Venue: Windale Hub, bilyabayi

Time: 9.30am-3pm

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Event Summary:

This symposium will discuss how public libraries can remain relevant and engaging in an era of changing community priorities.

The event will explore how libraries can continue driving consumer demand and will cover topics including readership trends, digitisation and technology, and community relevance and engagement. It will also examine the promotion of education and literacy, access and equity, and sustainability and environmental impact.

The event will explore:

  • The future of Libraries and what can we learn from our international counterparts

  • Libraries as hybrid venues

  • Lightning talk series focused on changing library audiences

  • The great debate educators v entertainers: Our role in children’s literacy

Keynote speaker:

Ana Tiquia – State Library Victoria and All Tomorrow's Futures

Keynote address: Co-creating Library Futures

Who or what shapes the future of libraries? What are our assumptions about the future; how might these help or hinder our capacity to create ‘good futures’ for public libraries. In this interactive keynote, Ana Tiquia will share some futures tools for thinking about the future of libraries, and explore the agency of librarians, library staff and publics in creating the future.

Featured industry professionals:

  • Cameron Morley - State Library of NSW
  • Alison Hamilton – Forestville Library
  • Nicole Gaff and Priya Mathew Johnson – Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Rob Stewart - Singleton Libraries
  • Katherine Johnstone and Bree Rooney – Newcastle Libraries
  • Kathleen Whelan – Library Manager
  • Jo Potter – Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Wayne McIntyre – Central Coast Council
  • Zannia Watson and Jeanette Becklar – Lake Macquarie City Council


  • $70 professionals (plus booking fee)
  • $50 students/volunteers (plus booking fee)

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Cultural Tourism: Putting Arts and Culture on the Map

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2024

Venue: Rathmines Theatre, nawayiba

Time: 9.30am-3pm

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Event summary:

This one-day symposium will explore the impact of art and cultural experiences across the tourism industry.

Cultural Tourism is in the spotlight with the release of Creative Communities, the NSW Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy.

The policy aims to grow national and international audiences, drawing on diverse cultural experiences, art forms, and local initiatives. As a part of this ambition, NSW tourism will increase its focus on cultural experiences, including festivals and First Nations cultural tourism.

The event will explore:

  • Re-positioning culture: it’s about the destination, not the journey
  • First Nations Culture: celebrating and sharing First Nations Culture in our regions
  • Public Art as a destination offering
  • Opening doors: Access and inclusion for cultural experiences


  • $70 professionals (plus booking fee)
  • $50 students/volunteers (plus booking fee)

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Travel information and accommodation

Lake Macquarie is located just 90-minutes north of Sydney and 40-minutes south of Newcastle Airport.

Visit the Lake Macquarie Tourism website for travel information, accommodation options and how to make the most of your visit.

Useful links:

Newcastle Airport
Lake Macquarie accommodation
Transport NSW