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2Deadly: the 2006 ATSILIRN conference

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Dagmar Schmidmaier AM


Retired as State librarian and chief executive, State Library of New South Wales in April 2006. Prior to 1995, senior academic and management positions in librarianship, education and information systems. I have worked in public, university and special libraries in the public and private sectors, and as a library educator. I have been a consultant to national and international organisations.
Professional activities
Awards for my contribution to the profession include: an Order of Australia (AM) in 2004; and Fellow of ALIA in 2000. Served on many professional boards and committees; Convenor of the program subcommittee, 1988 LAA/IFLA Conference; Chair, ALIA 2002 Biennial Conference; President, Aurora Foundation, 2004-.

Lea Giles-Peters



Lea Giles-Peters  (Australia)
State Librarian

State Library of Queensland
Lea Giles-Peters was appointed State Librarian in 2001; the first female State Librarian for Queensland. Ms Giles-Peters was formerly Director, Northern Territory Library and Information Service. Previous positions include Assistant Secretary, Northern Territory Department of Housing and Local Government and Manager, CSIRO Library Network and Information Services. She is an advocate of digital technology, is very strongly people-focussed and has a special interest in Indigenous services.

Terri Janke


Terri Janke BA LLB is the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke & Company Pty Ltd, a law firm, based in Sydney Australia. The firm represents Indigenous artists, cultural organisations, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and others across many fields of the intellectual property arena. Terri is a graduate of the University of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Terri is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Terri is the author of Our Culture: Our Future: A Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights. Her recent works include: Australia Council's Indigenous cultural protocols guides and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)'s Minding Culture', a set of 8 case studies on how Indigenous Australians have used intellectual property to protect their traditional cultural expressions. Terri was born in Cairns, Queensland and has family connections with the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula (Meriam, Wuthathi & Yadaighana).

Marcia Langton


Inaugural Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne. One of Australia's leading authorities on contemporary social issues in Aboriginal affairs, Marcia Langton was appointed Inaugural Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2000, having formerly held the Ranger Chair of Aboriginal Studies at the Northern Territory University from 1995 to 2000.
In 2002 Professor Langton was named joint winner (with Larissa Behrendt of the University of Technology, Sydney) of the inaugural Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Teacher of the Year. The award recognised outstanding work by Indigenous university teachers. Her current teaching commitments within the School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Melbourne include: Garma Fieldwork, Place and Possession, and Native Title. Professor Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and was appointed to the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee on Indigenous Higher Education. In 1993 she was awarded an AM (General Member of the Order of Australia) for her services to Anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights over two decades. Professor Langton publishes widely on contemporary social issues in Aboriginal affairs, including land, resource and social impact issues, indigenous dispute processing, policing and substance abuse, gender, identity, art, film and cultural studies, as well as reports to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and Aboriginal land councils. She is in demand as an informed commentator on radio and television current affairs programs, and lecturer to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and specialist groups.

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is an Arrernte woman from the Central Desert region east of Alice Springs. At twenty seven, her career spans ten years of specialisation in Indigenous film and television. Rachel is currently Executive Producer of the Indigenous Programme Unit at ABC Television. RADIANCE is her debut feature film.
Her credits as director include episode one of the ABC's Songlines, a half hour Indigenous music programme which she also executive produced; episode one of the ABC's Black Out Back, a comedy series featuring Ningali Lawford; the ABC documentary Crim TV, about the life of Koori inmates in Long Bay Jail; Emily Kngwarraye, a short documentary for the U.K.'s Channel 4 Television; the Freedom Ride episode of Blood Brothers, four one hour documentaries based on significant epochs of Australian history through the lives of four Aboriginal men; From the Bush, a half hour documentary which was one of 13 half hour internationally co-produced documentaries; International Year of Indigenous People, a concert advertisement and Beat The Grog, three 30 second commercials, followed by nine talk shows, regarding alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.
Credits as an executive producer include eight 30 minute documentaries by independent Indigenous filmmakers for the ABC; Manyu Wanna, ten half hour children's programmes in Warlpiri Language with English subtitles for SBS and My Life As I Live It, a sixty minute documentary for SBS. Between 1991 and 1993 Rachel worked as an executive producer with SBS, to establish and administer the Aboriginal Television Production Unit.

Cate Richmond


Cate Richmond is Assistant Director, Libraries and Knowledge Centres, with the Northern Territory Library and Information Service (NTLIS). The Libraries and Knowledge Centres Unit provides advice, support and training to municipal and community libraries across the Territory. Prior to joining the NT Government, Cate worked for 16 years in the Learning Services Division of Deakin University in Geelong. The Division included the library and educational development and course production units. As Strategic Planning Manager for the division, Cate's responsibilities included strategic planning, client research and staff development & training. Cate has more than 25 years of library experience and has worked in the academic, government and public libraries sectors. 

Kirsten Thorpe

Kirsten Thorpe began work at State Records NSW in 1999 through an Indigenous Cadetship program. Since completing the Cadetship Kirsten has worked in the position of Archivist - Aboriginal Liaison within Public Access to promote access to records for Indigenous people, in particular, records of the former Aborigines Protection and Welfare Boards held as NSW State archives. Kirsten holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Archives and Records), Edith Cowan University Perth, Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology) and Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Administration), University of Newcastle. Kirsten is a descendant of the Worimi people of NSW. Kirsten is descended from Florence Manton, Violet May Newlin (Feeney) and Rose Florence Burgmann (Newlin).


For further information, contact:
University of Technology, Sydney Jumbunna, Indigenous House of Learning ATSILIRN

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