2M Silver Sponsor of National MyLanguage Conference 6- 8 August 2012

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2M Language Services is proud to be supporting the national MyLanguage program as the Official Silver Sponsor: The second National MyLanguage Conference 2012 – MyLanguage: Connecting, Collaborating, Creating will be held from 6th – 9th August 2012 at the State Library of Queensland. Come and visit our trade exhibitor stand and meet our team.

The second national MyLanguage Conference 2012 will be a major event hosted by the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane Queensland, in partnership with Public Libraries South Australia and State Library’s of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Libraries ACT.

The 2012 conference MyLanguage – Connecting, Collaborating, Creating has the focus of exploring digital futures for multicultural Australia especially ways of connecting communities, collaborating and creating digital opportunities.

The MyLanguage conference has at its core the desire to develop and implement innovative technology solutions that helps foster and enrich culture. As well, we endeavour to promote the diversity and benefits of strong multi-language communities. We believe that this contributes strongly to better cross cultural understandings. In the case of Australia which has a diverse multicultural society and a unique indigenous population, this in turn builds community and social harmony.

MyLanguage Conference Program

Program highlights include

International Keynote presentations from:

  • Michael Kaplan, Microsoft
  • Roy Boney Jr & Jeff Edwards, the Cherokee Nation
  • Kimberley A. Christen, Dept. Critical Culture, Gender & Race Studies, Washington State University
  • Sarah Morris, Te Papa, The Museum of New Zealand

SBS: Connecting communities and creating opportunities – Mandi Wicks, Director SBS Audio and Language Content

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Language and Culture: Sandra Sebasio, Injinoo; Phillemon Mosby, Poruma Island; Cygnet Repu, Mabuiag Island and State Library of Queensland

Wilbur DVD Launch: The Little Big Book Club and MyLanguage Partnership will officially launch the Wilbur DVD, a multilingual picture book for migrant families

Panel Discussion: 2050 – What is our vision for reading, digital literacy and multilingualism in a multicultural world?

Engaging concurrent session presentations with titles including:

    • Zanata: facilitating online open source translation communities
    • The Migrant4Migrant project
    • Digitising community language newspapers
    • Sense of place: the public library as local gathering place for the global village
    • Distributing money management information to CALD consumers
    • Localising software for multicultural and multilingual environments
    • Understanding and responding to the information needs of CALD communities

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