Each February all ALIA Groups prepare their annual reports for ALIA House. This year, we really wanted to share our report with you, not only to highlight the great work of our team members but to reflect on what kind of events and initiatives worked for you and where we can improve. Continue reading
|Wow, it’s already March. How did that happen?! 2018 is well under way and ALIA SNGG is busier than ever.
In addition to exciting PD and meet-ups, we’re looking ahead to conferences and other major events coming up this year. APLIC is happening in July/August and planning is underway for a New Grads Tweet-up like no other! Read ahead for more on that.
We’ll be updating this newsletter throughout the month, so please check back to find out what we’re up on online and in your state.
Welcome to our new format professional profiles where we ask budding young professionals about their experiences studying, working and gaining experience in the GLAMR industries.
This month we speak with Fang Zhao, reference librarian from the NSW Law Courts Library. After graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Information Management) he quickly found contract work in government libraries. Since then, he has worked his way up and down Macquarie Street at some of the finest special libraries in the state!
Did you miss #auslibchat? Or just want to relive the highlights? Simply searching for some conveniently crowdsourced GLAMR advice? Well, welcome to our inaugural 2018 #auslibchat round up! (Stay tuned for a full round up of tweets via Wakelet soon – we’re still ironing out some of the kinks with that service.)
February’s topic was time and stress management. We asked:
Q1 What does good time management at work look like to you? Do you have a particular tool or method for managing your time at work?
Q2 What techniques for stress management have you seen successfully implemented at your organisation?
Q3 What would be your (twitter) advice for a person entering a new GLAM role & dealing with job stress for the first time ?
Q4 How do you develop your time and stress management techniques: courses, experience, advice, role models, create your own?
Q5 Read an inspiring book or found a helpful resource on time or stress management?
And we got some fantastic answers. Particularly when it came to advice for new entering a new GLAM role:
A3 work on your resilience. Good to listen to people but keep making your own opinions and decisions, ownership #auslibchat
— James McGoran (@JamesMcGoran) February 6, 2018
A3. Put yourself first, you need to be well and able to cope with the demands of the role. There can be a lot of people contact which can be challenging. Know your limits and say no when you need to! #auslibchat
— Sally Turbitt 🏳️🌈 (@sallyturbitt) February 6, 2018
— James Nicholson (@JamesNicholson1) February 6, 2018
Added to this, there was an abundance of great ideas and tips shared. Here is an #auslibchat reading list, crowdsourced from question 5.
Inspiring books/helpful resources for time or stress management as recommended by auslibchatters
Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
by Tasha Eurich
The Productive Researcher
by Mark S. Reed
Whose Mind Is It Anyway?: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life
by Lisa Esile
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
by Martha N. Beck
Mind Tools https://www.mindtools.com
by Brené Brown
Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan
Habits List https://habitlist.com/
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport
“I’m Not a Superhero: The Stress of Library Work” [article]
by Katie Mclain
Manage your Day to Day: Build your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
by Jocelyn K. Glei
Parks and Recreation [TV series]
Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences and tips on this subject. The entire chat really is a goldmine for advice and new ideas to help you tackle time management and stress in the (GLAMR) workplace.
Here are some examples, generated by an algorithm at a randomly selected point after the chat (to manage my time, you understand):
A3 Your health is worth more than your job. Try on the job for three months, see if it works for you, if things settle down. If the stress continues, quit. There will be other jobs. Take care of yourself. #auslibchat
— Alissa M. (@lissertations) February 6, 2018
A1 One thing that I’ve wanted to try, but I worry about looking rude, is working with headphones in. Less interruptions, and I always feel more productive when I’m listening to music #auslibchat
— Claire Murphy (@clairicles) February 6, 2018
A2. Take all your allotted breaks, get outside and look up. Debrief with your manager or colleagues often. #auslibchat
— Sally Turbitt 🏳️🌈 (@sallyturbitt) February 6, 2018
A3. Seek a mentor outside of your place of work, build support professional networks, play nice with others, you are way more than your work: sometimes shit happens: think with the end-user in mind, enjoy the people – everyone has something to teach you. Be fair. #auslibchat
— Sam (@SamEEENZ) February 6, 2018
— Jade Koekoe️ 🤗 🌈 (@misskokolib) February 6, 2018
Like with every other profession, it takes time to adjust and feel like you Belong and Know what you’re doing. Also a tip for new public librarians – you’re going to come into contact with lots of people. Be prepared for the germs. Get a flu shot. #auslibchat
— Jasmine (@JassyPugh) February 6, 2018
— Library Geek (@librarygeek) February 6, 2018
I think it is important to foster a sense of gratitude – find something to be thankful about every day & make time for something that gives you joy #auslibchat – it is attitude that lets the stress go
— Jane Cowell (@janecowell8) February 6, 2018
I’m still working on meditation. I agree it is beneficial, though Keeping the mind quiet and present is a challenge. #auslibchat
— Alisa Howlett (@acrystelle) February 6, 2018
We hope you can join us again on 6th March 2018 for a very exciting #auslibchat collaboration with ALIA LARK.
- ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee.
|Welcome to 2018!
We’re looking forward to another GLAMR-ous year (sorry in advance for another year of terrible puns!) and we hope that our February newsletter will get you excited about the year ahead!
As always, we’ll be updating the newsletter throughout the month to keep you up to date on the latest from ALIA SNGG.
Without further ado, here is what you can look forward to in February and beyond.