Course Details


Richard Siegersma, Jo-ard Advisory
In 1985 CD-ROM was the transformational technology in the library world that enabled information users to access electronic content more easily and cost effectively. Today, 25 years on, we have even more profound transformational technologies that will assist us to improve and take the delivery of information to the next level of convenience. Ebooks have had a shaky start but the future is extremely exciting.

Richard will explore ideas and technologies we may be able to adopt to meet the challenge of moving up the value chain to deliver better outcomes in information dissemination, focusing specifically on the publishing and book industry.

Richard is a partner of Jo-ard Advisory a boutique consulting firm based in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Monash University.
Richard has over 25 years experience working for various firms in the information and publishing industry in Australia and the USA. Over the years Richard has developed new solutions that assist libraries and information users to successfully implement electronic information products into their service offering. The latest developments include a platform for managing access to learning resources including electronic textbooks, implementation of the Espresso Book Machine and launching Australia’s own ebook reader – the ECO Reader and an ebook website with over 100,000 books and audio books.

Richard is also an independent director of Computelec one of Australia’s largest providers of computer tablets, notebooks and educational resources to the education sector. He is also a media commentator on ebooks.