Brisbane – Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop!

Save the date! On Saturday 22nd April, Queensland ALIA Students and New Graduates Group will be hosting a Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop event.

After the successful implementation of the annual Resume Review Cafe, we asked students and new graduates what other kind of professional development events they would like to take part in.

An overwhelming number of you asked about Selection Criteria: how to write it, what to avoid, etc. So we’ve made a plan to get you all up-to-speed!

During our Panel and Workshop you will be given the opportunity to ask out panellists any question you have about writing selection criteria. We’ve set up a handy Padlet for you to
start asking your questions anonymously. The panel will run for approximately 40 minutes after which we will split into groups to workshop and write some generic selection criteria responses. When that is all said and done we’ll grab some morning tea and have a chat.

Everyone is welcome! Please send us an email if you have any concerns.

When: Saturday 22nd April, 2017 from 9:00am – 11:00am

Where: Brisbane (venue TBA)

How much: ALIA-Members $5; Non-ALIA Members $10

RSVP: 16/04/17 to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

Brisbane – Resume Review Cafe 2017 Wrap-Up!

Last weekend the QLD ALIA SNGG kicked off the first stage in our 2017 professional development series which loosely follows the three key points to nail in order to land a job:

  • Create the perfect Resume which sums up your skills and experience
  • Address the Selection Criteria to show off your stories
  • Present yourself professionally in the Interview

Our Resume Review Cafe was well attended this year, with a group of new and enthusiastic students scheduled to meet with information and library managers who very generously gave up their Saturday morning to share some advice.

Each student was paired with a manager and spent approximately 30 minutes one-on-one with them to discuss the finer points of their resume and get some tips on how to improve. This year we were also attended by a HR Recruitment Specialist, Sam,  who was on standby to give her perspective on the hiring process and what she looks for when picking resumes.

Some tips from Sam are below:

Tip 1 – Identify accomplishments rather than just listing or describing what the job is. Include things you personally achieved in the role.

Tip 2 – Make sure there are no spelling or formatting errors! Always get it double checked by someone else before you submit it.

Tip 3 – Make sure your resume is relevant and tailored for the particular role you are applying for. This may mean you have to tweak it for each job you apply for but it is worth it! The recruiter and employer can see immediately how your experience is suited for their role.

Tip 4 – Make sure there are no gaps in your employment or experience timeline within the last 5 years. Even if you were travelling, looking after someone or doing a job that isn’t related to what you are applying for include it. It only has to have a few details such a dates and a job title. Recruiters and employers will wonder what you were up to if they notice gaps.

A special thank you must be given to the group below, many of whom have participated multiple times! The flowers this year were only a very small token of our appreciation, words themselves couldn’t describe how grateful we are to have your continued help and support each year.

Helen Hobbs – QUT

Donald Jeffreys – Griffith University

Maureen Sullivan – Griffith University

Anita McMilian – Knowledge & Learning Resources Manager at West Moreton Anglican College

Joanna Fear – Federal Court Library

Amy Walduck – ALIA QLD State Manager

Not only do they give their support in person but they also let us pick their brains. At our Resume Review Cafe in 2016, our mentors kindly gave us their top tips, which you can read about in Key Take Aways from the QLD Resume Review Cafe. Our mentors still claim these bits of advice are spot on!

And as always, if you don’t have the opportunity to attend the Resume Review Cafe in person, remember that ALIA SNGG offers a National Resume Review Service where student ALIA members can email your resume through for advice and get a professional review.

ALIA SNGG have also been working very hard on a Job Site specially designed with a whole bunch of tips and tricks to help you get a job! Check it out. 

Also, keep an eye out over the next few months for the rest of our professional development series. Next up, Selection Criteria Panel + Workshop!

#auslibchat follow up: notes from Clare O’Dwyer

Clare O’Dwyer gives us her extended answers from the last #auslibchat:

“I really enjoyed #auslibchat and it is an amazing experience especially when working overseas – although it made me a little homesick.

Here are my extended answers for the blog…

Q1. What was your first GLAMR job? #auslibchat

My first job was a library assistant in a volunteer role at my old primary school. This led to a paid role.

It was a really wonderful first job that I was given quite a lot of autonomy in to do story times and creative displays. I was only 19 years old so it really helped me feel more confident to get started in a library career.

Q2. How were you supported in your early career by ALIA or other professional organisations? What would you change/do differently? #auslibchat

In my early career my first experience of working in a public library at 20 was dreadful I was really bullied. However I did get recommended into another library assistant role in another organisation where the love vibe reigned. I had stomach pain each day from the laughter and fun with my colleagues. My manager told me quite clearly I should go to university and get qualified … she really believed in my ability. From a Library technician qualification to a Masters in Arts Management later that manager lit a fire that has never gone out. I truly love libraries and our ability to transform a library experience for our clients.

Q3. What would you do to champion new gen professionals & new grads in an environment that is increasingly difficult to find a job? #auslibchat

There is a real need to have succession planning strengthened in the larger libraries in Australia. Ideally more paid internships or cadets or short term project opportunities. In RMIT Vietnam the majority of the library staff are 20 years younger than me … they bring so much great optimism, strategic ideas and creative energy.

Q4. What role does ALIA have to play in the critical l’ship movement? How does this relate to future strategy and action? #auslibchat

Libraries more than ever are institutions of truth that support diversity. They are truly spaces that you can be alone but also supported by Librarians. Its important to keep our profile high to ensure government and institutional funding for the long term and to ensure Librarians are recognised as professionals. That includes maintaining salaries that are commensurate with the IT industry.

Q5. How can the profession continue to grow & develop? What role do you see for new gen professionals right now? #auslibchat

Its really exciting times for new gen librarians – opportunities in research, data management, digital curation, events, training, curating exhibitions and so much more. If I was starting out again I would be very interested in coding and gaining more skills in digital archives.

We will continue to grow if we keep both and open mind and seize opportunities to step in and be a critical service. I am very excited that libraries can also be maker spaces, performance spaces, business start up platforms and learning spaces. Our strength is that we don’t just talk about innovation we implement it.”

 

Thanks Clare!

If you missed last week’s chat, here is the Storify.

Here are the candidates’ Twitter handles to look out for:

Alicia Cohen – @Alicia_Cohen

Jonathon Guppy – @JonnyGup

Clare O’Dwyer – @MrsChurchill1

Anne Reddacliff – @AMoodiLibrarian

Don’t forget that if you’re an ALIA member, there’s still time to vote! Get to know your candidates and hop to it!

James McGoran

Vice Chair, NGAC

#auslibchat follow up: notes from Anne Reddacliff

Last week the New Generation Advisory Committee hosted a different sort of #auslibchat where we asked this year’s ALIA Board candidates questions from our student and new graduates community. We, and I’m sure the participants too, very much appreciated the candidates’ time and input to the discussion.

The committee recognises that Twitter chats can be fast-paced and not all our answers fit into 140 characters. So in thanking our candidates, we extended an invitation to post any further thoughts or longer answers that the candidates may have prepared.

Take it away, Anne!


In more than 140 characters I’d like to address two key questions from our Twitter chat last week:

What would you do to champion new gen professionals & new grads in an environment that is increasingly difficult to find a job?

 

I’d like to see ALIA introduce a mentoring scheme that pairs ALIA members as mentors with students/new grads. The aim is to provide support, guidance and encouragement with applying for jobs as well as to utilise one person’s networks to help another. ALIA has done great work hosting resume cafes/workshops for students, new grads and those affected by redundancies. As a mental health advocate I am particularly interested in how ALIA can help students/new grads to build resilience. I welcome the opportunity to play a larger role in this and would like to develop an online resilience toolkit or infographic to help students and new grads bounce back!

What role does ALIA have to play in the critical librarianship movement? How does this relate to future strategy and action?

 

As our national association ALIA has an important role to play in critical librarianship. Critical librarianship is about valuing diversity and critiquing the power structures we work within. Groups like ALIA LGBTQ and ATSILIRN provide diverse perspectives to ALIA but there is always more work that can be done. I would welcome input on how ALIA can address some of the issues that are raised in critical librarianship, particularly from external groups like Librarians for Refugees. The ALIA Strategic Plan states that ALIA’s object is to “respect the diversity and individuality of all people.” ALIA is also commencing vital action around the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which advocate for women and technology, the environment and providing affordable access to the internet. This action is powered by many of the same ideas that drive critical librarianship.

As a final statement I nominated for the ALIA Board because I work in frontline client service and I get direct feedback from clients on how libraries are or aren’t meeting their needs. I am in a sound position to help ALIA devise policies that are responsive to diverse communities and the changing expectations of library clientele. I have a broad professional network and I actively listen to ALIA members and non-members about what they want from our professional association.


If you missed last week’s chat, here is the Storify.

Here are the candidates’ Twitter handles to look out for:

Alicia Cohen – @Alicia_Cohen

Jonathon Guppy – @JonnyGup

Clare O’Dwyer – @MrsChurchill1

Anne Reddacliff – @AMoodiLibrarian

Don’t forget that if you’re an ALIA member, there’s still time to vote! Get to know your candidates and hop to it!

 

Alisa Howlett

on behalf of the New Generation Advisory Commitee

Canberra – GLAMR Connect: Event wrap-up

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The word we’ve chosen to describe this year’s GLAMR Connect is Awesome! What more could budding librarians want than to be in a room listening to fellow information professionals share their knowledge of an industry you know you were born to be part of?

As moderator for the night, Chris had a chance to blow the cobwebs off his presenting skills. With a well prepared speech he quickly hit a groove that had his audience engaged and entertained.

Hot tip: As event moderator be prepared to improvise if you lose your place, and have one question ready to ask your guest speakers at the end of the presentations so that you can get the ball rolling.

As one of the speakers for the night Jade had the pleasure of highlighting all the events that the ACT ALIA Student and Newgrad Group have planned for this year and telling people about the amazing NLS8 conference happening in Canberra’s backyard aka the National Library in June.

Hot tip: Remember that you wrote all those notes for a reason and to use them to check you mentioned everything you wanted to!

Our guest speakers came from all over the GLAMR sector to let us know what exciting events they had planned for students and new graduates in 2017. We had Jennifer Milward from ALIA URLs, Judy Brooker from ALIA Active, Jade Koekoe from ALIA ACT SNGG, Jan Bordoni from the Australian Government Libraries Information Network, Thomas Kaufhold from Records and Information Management Professional Australasia, Toby Bellwood from Data.gov.au, Craig Tibbitts and Lynda Weller from the Australian Society of Archivists, Fiona Gallagher from the Australian Law Librarian Association and a welcomed surprise visit by Penelope Grist from Museums and Galleries Australia.

Overall, the night was a huge success. We found ourselves amazed at the number of opportunities offered by each speaker for student and new graduates in Canberra. These ranged from social events such as movie nights, webinars, professional development, chances to play with data through Govhack, NationalMap and the new website for Data.gov.au through to workshops, networking and whiskey tasting.

We just want to give a huge shout out to everyone who attended especially all the students and new grads, you are the reason ALIA SNGG exists! We would also like to extend a big thank you to each of our guest speakers for taking the time to reach out to fellow librarians and information professionals.

 

Jade Koekoe & Chris Sonneveld

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ACT) Coordinators

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