Canberra: NLS8 Wrap Up


In the ACT? Hungry for more GLAMR content? Missed out on NLS8? Join the ACT ALIA Student New Graduate Group for the NLS8 Wrap Up!

Come and hear from panellists and volunteers about the whole experience at NLS8 and have a chance to ask questions and network with a groovy bunch of people.


WHEN: July 25, 2017 from 5.30pm-7.00pm

WHERE: Ferguson Room at The National Library of Australia

COST: Free for ALIA Members/ $5 for Non ALIA Members

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Refreshments will of course be provided 🙂

We look forward to seeing everyone there!



Cindy Nguyen and Chris Sonneveld

ALIA Student and New Graduate (ACT) Coordinators


Meet at the Movies

Movie event

We invite all interested library/records/archive/info-included folk to join ACT Student and Newgrad Group for lunch and a movie!

We’ll be starting the afternoon in (cultural) style with lunch at Dumpling House in the CBD, then heading to Dendy Cinema. Come along for the whole afternoon, or whichever part tickles your fancy. Bring your friends or come solo (we’re all super friendly!).

For all of the details, and to RSVP, click here.

We hope to see many of the wonderful friendly faces that we’ve seen at our events so far this year.

Cindy Nguyen & Chris Sonneveld
ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ACT) Coordinators

Find ALIA Students and New Graduates Group on Facebook and Twitter.



Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 7.40.34 PMI’m Chris and I currently work at the Australian Parliamentary Library in Canberra. I provide support in digitising the Library’s collection. This is the first library I’ve worked at but originally I started off in the hospitality sector. Once finishing high school, I had the choice between studying science or studying business, and at the time all I wanted to do was travel the world and I thought working in hotels would help me achieve this. I eventually moved to the UK after my studies and helped open a hotel in Cardiff, Wales working as a supervisor on reception. This was an amazing experience which I’ll never forget and I’m fortunate enough to still be in contact with many of those I met during my travels.

After being overseas all I wanted to do was to go back to school and study science. This lead me to pursue a career in medical laboratory science. I decided half way through the course that what I was studying wasn’t for me. During my studies of science, I found that I enjoyed the process of research and helping others who struggled to find information to use in their assignments. This was the catalyst that lead me to pursue a career within the library and information sector.

The customer service research and analysis skills I have gained over my working career assist me to help those who haven’t had the same opportunities that I’ve had in learning how to use technology to retrieve information, whether that is face-to-face within a library or collaborating online. I hope that the events we have organised for this year and beyond help you establish your career within the library and information sector so that you can pass on your knowledge and experience too.


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Hello! I’m Cindy and I am currently studying my first year of the Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation at the University of Canberra. I have recently moved to the ACT from Melbourne and am excited to help connect LIS students and new graduates. I also am continuing a Diploma of Library and Information Services through online studies. In conjunction, I volunteer at the Australian National Museum of Education, at the University of Canberra and the ACT branch of the National Trust of Australia.

I am a passionate advocate for the library and information sector and how vital its role is for the community. My role in ALIA SNGG this year will be to help run events, workshops and social outings so that LIS students and new graduates can connect and be a part of a supportive and educational framework. I hope that ALIA SNGG will be a useful and helpful resource for you!

And Announcing your new ACT State Manager:


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I’m Jade and I’m ALIA’s new ACT State Manager. I work at ALIA House in Canberra and have the pleasure of working closely with the National team there. This year, I will be supporting Chris and Cindy in creating the best opportunities they can for Canberra library students to network, better themselves for employment and occasionally unwind.

I’m in my last year studying a Bachelor of Arts, Librarianship and Corporate Information Management from Curtin University and I’m looking forward to graduating! Like Michele Feely (NSW SNGG Regional Coordinator), I’ve also studied online as a mature age student. Through this experience I realised how important it is for students and newgrads to be connected and feel connected to their peers and professional associations. So with that in mind, I want to take advantage of Canberra’s active GLAMR sector and help Chris and Cindy connect library students to their GLAMR counterparts.

Canberra – GLAMR Connect: Event wrap-up


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, 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 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

Find ALIA Students and New Graduates Group on Facebook and Twitter.

Canberra – Resume tips for our Resume Workshop


The ACT’s first ever Resume Workshop is quickly approaching and Jade and I thought you might like a few tips to help you get started on your resume or put some extra polish on it before sending it through to us.

One of our reviewers said that when you’re applying for a job, make sure your timelines match in the key selection criteria, cover letter and resume. Someone reviewing your application may find it odd if they don’t match and decide not to accept your application based solely on this inconsistency. This would be the case if one of the selection criteria included ‘attention to detail’.

An article in the New York Times  by Rob Walker suggests that tailoring your resume to the specific job you are applying for is more likely to be successful than a generic one. Employers are looking for key skills that relate to the job so use the language of the profession in your resume.

According to Jonathon Long making your resume flow like it is a story is important. If your resume is confusing or jumps around too much then the reader will likely disregard it. This is very similar to advice Jade received at Resume Workshops and Key Selection Criteria Workshops she has attended. Long also suggests that you should strongly sell yourself in the top-third of your resume as readers are less likely to read the whole thing on first viewing. Long also goes onto say that formatting your resume into bullet-points and sections allows the reader to take in more information at a glance.

While a great resume helps you look good on paper, consider this bonus tip to give you that all-round, great first impression:

Another one of our reviewers recommended you check the recorded voice mail message on your mobile is appropriate for anyone calling in response to a job application you have submitted. You may miss out on a great opportunity if the caller cannot tell if it is actually you they have called, or worse not be able to leave a message at all. So update your voicemail message and ensure you check it regularly!

If you are keen to get advice from information management professionals on how to update your resume, send it to us at by our extended deadline Monday 20 March 2017 so we can pass it onto our reviewers who have generously donated their time to help you out (your resume will be treated with the strictest confidence).

We can’t wait to see you all at the Resume Workshop on 8 April 2017 at the National Library of Australia!


Jade Koekoe & Chris Sonneveld

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ACT) Coordinators
Find ALIA Students and New Graduates Group on Facebook and  Twitter.