Are you coming to ALIA Access? Roll Call!

Conferences are a great place for networking, but it can all be a little daunting if you’re new on the “scene”, especially as a new graduate.

So, here’s a chance for you to let everybody else know that you’re coming, and give them an excuse to come and find you and say “hi” at some point during the conference.

Also, don’t forget that there will be New Graduate drinks on Wednesday 1st of September, at 6:30pm (after the Welcome Reception). We’ll be gathering at the Plough Inn, which is only a short walk from the Convention Centre on South Bank. If you can, please RSVP here.

If you’re coming along to ALIA Access, leave a comment below, letting us know who you are, where you work, and what you hope to get out of attending ALIA Access!


I’m Andrew Finegan. I’m the convenor of the ALIA New Graduates Group, and I currently manage a school library at Princes Hill Secondary College, a government school in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. I hope to do lots of networking, and meet plenty of new faces, with whom I can form future professional collaborations with, as well as catch up with a lot of familiar faces from Australian Libraryland.

Your turn! 🙂


22 thoughts on “Are you coming to ALIA Access? Roll Call!

  1. I'm Bonnie Dixon. I am the coordinator of the ALIA New Graduates Group for Queensland. I work as a Library and IT Help Team Member at Griffith Uni, at our art and music libraries.
    I am looking forward to meeting new library people and hearing some great presentations at ALIA Access. I will be at the New Graduate drinks event and hope to see you there.

  2. I'm Isobel Clark and I am the co-convenor of New grads in Tasmania. I work at the library of Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Arts in Hobart. From a professional perspective I am looking forward to Access's focus on special libraries; from a personal perspective I am looking forward to meeting some other library folks in sunny Brisvegas!

  3. Hey all,

    Susanne Newton, I work at Boroondara libraries in Melbourne and RMIT and serve on NGAC. I hope to learn new things, meet other like-minded people and catch up with a bunch of library friends I know from NLS4. I also look forward to the Brisvegas sunshine!

  4. I'm Rebecca Whitehead. I work as a Graduate Librarian at the University of Adelaide. I am also a presenter at ALIA Access 2010. Brenna Cook and I will be talking about the lessons we have learnt from our baby boomer colleagues.

    I'm looking forward to being inspired, meeting lots of new people and soaking up some Brisbane sunshine. See you all soon!

  5. Hi my name is Hoi, I am working as an e-services librarian at Town of Victoria Park Library and currently helping out with NGAC and the NLS5. I will be sharing with the new grad on the use of the JISC i-skill cycle as a project management tool. It is my very first conference presentation, please be gentle =)

  6. I'm Matthias Liffers, the Emerging Technologies Specialist at Murdoch University. I'm going to Access to find NEW and SHINY things. I'm also going to interrogate vendors about their offerings.

  7. Hi, I'm Reenah and I work in the Access Services division of Macquarie Uni Library in Sydney. I'm hoping to meet a whole bunch of lovely people, get inspired, take pics during Library Tours and eat! It's the simple things, y'know 😉

  8. Hi, i'm elizabeth – i work at the National Library of Australia in the Manuscripts Branch. i'm helping out with the UnConference Stream, and am hoping to have a jolly conference time full of networking, coffee, and Learning About Awesome Library Stuffs.

  9. Depends on the vacancies. We've got an institutional licence but over a dozen staff. Some discussion of interest here but there's only going to be vacancies if the managers can't find anything in a session to entertain them. Given only one of them is supposed to be working on the Friday I tend to think it a bit sus but hey I'm only a flunky what does my opinion count for?

  10. Heya Mr Flunky (if that's who you REALLY are…)

    ALIA Access has been specifically designed for library professionals of all levels, and all sectors. In particular, there's an all-day stream on Thursday specifically targeted at a new graduate audience.

    Presumably, as a self-described “flunky”, you're still in your first five years of your profession, and you seem keen to progress your career. These events are ideal for somebody like you to build professional networks, and engage with ideas that may spur you on in your professional development.

    From the sound of it, your work doesn't sound keen to send you to ALIA Access. However, I'd suggest that, next time, you should consider self-funding attendance at a conference. Most new graduates I know self-fund much of their PD, and I'd particularly recommend going along to the next New Graduates Symposium, as it's an entire conference event dedicated to new graduates (and we try to keep the price down for exactly the abovementioned reason!).

  11. Thanks Andrew for pointing out the options for 'self-funding'. Guess what, your chance of being sent to a conference will increase significantly if you were a presenter. I did that exactly and in fact I submitted 2 abstracts, just in case. It is scary as hell (I KNOW) but it is worth the try.

    Watch out for more news from New Graduates Symposium 5 and looking forward to meet you all (again) in m-y lovely Perth in 2011 =)

  12. Hi I'm James,

    I'm a research assistant for the ALTC study into LIS education and just finished my Masters in Education (teacher librarianship). I am attending the conference on Friday, don't know what to expect, hopefully lots of chances to network and exposure to some inspiring ideas.

    Hope to see you there!

  13. I'm Jackie, and I'm a graduate librarian at Gold Coast City Libraries (recently of Melbourne). I'm a last minute substitution at ALIA Access as a colleague can't go after all and I'm EXCITED as it's my first conference! I'm looking forward to the #newgrad stream and meeting some cool new library peeps.

  14. Heya Jackie – I thought I recognised your name from Melbourne! Good on you for making the leap and relocating for that valuable experience! I'd love to hear about how you're going with it… (I moved to Darwin from Melbourne for my first librarian position…)

  15. Hi! My name is Liz – I graduated last year & am currently working as a liaison librarian at Queensland University of Technology. Really looking forward to my first ALIA conference & hopefully meeting other new grads at the Thursday sessions 🙂

  16. I saw the conference advertised some months ago, probably on one of the e-lists, realised it was actually local (!!!) and added it to our calendar. There's a chance I may make it to some of the sessions but it depends on everything happening here. We're an institutional member so have a few 'tickets' to share amidst staff. Maybe I should have thought to inquire about holiday leave etc to attend? Of course it might be a Bad Thing if all of us went AWOL to attend the conference :)- Having never attended a conference before I am a bit cautious about their value. Thanks for pointing out the New Grad Conf though Andrew. If this one's good maybe …

    I'm currently working as a Systems Support Officer for DEEDI (the superdepartment that absorbed Qld's DPI) and am largely responsible for our Image Library. I also support our e-prints repository and am picking up a few ILMS activities. Anything New Grad or field relevant is of interest though there's a number of other sessions that look plain interesting too even if they're 'irrelevant' to my field.

  17. Hello my name is Bruce, I am on the ALIA New Generations Advisory Commitee NGAC. I work in the National Library of Australia's Web Publishing area. I want to hear from new grads about issues of importance to new grads. I will be attending some of the New Grad streams and also some Web 2.0, Social Media type stuff. I am looking forward to some witty banter, meeting new and old friends, new ideas, and the warmer weather of Brisbane.

  18. Hi I'm Clare McKenzie, I'm on NGAC with Bruce & I tweet as @newgradlib if you're into that.

    I graduated last year, work in a private higher ed institution with 100% international students and am enjoying the challenges of that. This will actually be my 3rd ALIA biennial, but the first time I've had online/twitter friends to meet up with . I'm looking forward to much networking and eating nice food. I'm spread around most of the sessions over the 2 days but will be in the New Grads for some.

  19. Hi, my name is Nancy Sylaprany and I graduated last year. I work in the library of a secondary girls’ high school in Sydney. This is my first ALIA conference. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet with other library and info professionals, the new grad stream sounds great as do the other sessions (wish I could somehow sit in more than one session at a time) and I’m looking forward to visiting libraries in Brisbane. Hope to be inspired by the conference and absorb as many ideas as I can, along with some sunny Brisbane weather.

  20. I'm Brenna. I'm a Graduate Librarian at the University of Adelaide Library. I am also a presenter at ALIA Access 2010. Rebecca Whitehead and I will be talking about what we have learnt from our baby boomer colleagues and why this has been so important for us.

    I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of new library people and feeling very inspired. Can't wait until next week!

  21. Hi, my name is Kathryn Lindsay and I'm a Library Professional Cadet at the University of Melbourne.

    I plan to attend the New Grad & Library Camp streams. I'm looking forward to meeting and catching up with fellow new librarians!

    Good luck to those of you who are presenting 🙂

  22. Hi, my name is Tina Lavelle. I'm currently working as a Liaison Librarian across the road from the conference at Southbank Institute of Technology. I'm self-funding my attendance so I could only afford to come along on Thursday. Hope to meet lots of fellow librarians and getting some inspiring ideas.

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