Mel Phillips is a librarian at Immanuel College in South Australia as well as being Regional Coordinator for the SNGG. Continue reading
In this professional profile we continue to turn the spotlight back on ourselves with a closeup on one of the two Co-Convenors of the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group – Maddy Medlycott. Maddy works as a Legal Research and Reference Librarian at Crown Law Library in Brisbane. In this interview, Maddy discusses how her passion for transferable skills evolved into the Librarians and Dragons workshops she runs and provides some tips on staying connected with friends, family and colleagues. Continue reading
The role of ALIA Students and New Graduates group is to help facilitate and promote connections between GLAMR students and new graduates with the existing and fabulous GLAMR community. This is where the GLAMRmatch initiative fits in perfectly.
The concept behind GLAMRmatch is simple. GLAMRmatch creates an opportunity for connection between two people, who are both at very different places within their profession. An established professional is matched with a student/new graduate (we are calling them emerging professionals) or someone wanting to change career streams.
These two individuals are matched up and asked to organise a time to meet for one hour via a video call, no strings attached, no ongoing commitments. ALIA Student and New Graduates group help facilitate the match, provide pointers and conversation starters prior to the meeting to help kick things off.
ALIA Students and New Graduates group first co-ordinated GLAMRmatch in Western Australia as a pilot program in early 2018 in collaboration with industry representatives and the Curtin Information Studies club. Since then the initiative has been conducted on three separate occasions, and in 2019 it went National. The positive feedback from previous GLAMRmatches and the need to continue providing support and guidance to GLAMR students and new graduates have prompted us to bring forward GLAMRmatch for another round.
In the past GLAMRmatch has suited established professionals and emerging professionals in relation to commitment of time and effort.
In the current climate with COVID-19, many social and professional gatherings have been cancelled. The need to connect has never been so important. We have adapted GLAMRmatch to suit the current requirement to minimise physical contact and exposure, for this reason, we will ask all participants to organise a virtual meeting with their match via a video conferencing tool such as Zoom, Teams or Skype. This will also provide an opportunity for emerging professionals to develop their communication skills.
If GLAMRmatch sounds like your cup of tea then follow these simple steps:
• Fill our a short expression of interest survey (link survey) and wait for your match to be emailed to you after the survey close date of 31 May 2020.
• Arrange a 1-hour virtual meet-up with no ongoing commitment required for either party.
To express your interest simply fill out this survey. Expressions of interest close on the 31st of May 2020.
Do you want to contribute to the Library and Information industry? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to manage a team online? We are looking for 1-2 convenors to help oversee the successful running of ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ALIA SNGG).
The executive team of ALIA SNGG is currently made up of two Co-Convenors and a National Secretary who support the rest of the team and provide structure to the year. The responsibility of the convenors is to liaise with the coordinators, oversee the running of national events, report to ALIA board, and touch-base the New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) in a monthly meeting.
The wider team is a dedicated group of volunteers from around Australia who help to create connections and support students and new graduates from the Library and Information Sector. We have a strong online social media presence, with volunteer coordinators working across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Blog. We also have regional coordinators across most states in Australia who are responsible for hosting in-person and online networking and professional development events. With these teams we also support a resume review service and job help site. Our team utilises online tools such as Slack, Google Drive, Go-To-Meetings, as well as other content-creation tools ie. Canva and Survey Monkey.
If any of the above has interested you, read on!
The term for Convenor of the group is a volunteer position and is traditionally two years long. In the past this position has been filled by one person or two people working as a team. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in gaining valuable management experience coordinating a diverse team online to show the world what you’ve got. Working in this role you will have the opportunity to network with members of NGAC, ALIA House, ALIA State Managers, as well as everyday students and new graduates of LIS. You will be required to conduct meetings, coordinate national events, and ensure the team operates smoothly throughout the year. You are also required to periodically report to ALIA on the events ALIA SNGG runs as well as social media statistics.
We are taking applications for convenor positions starting in June, 2020. If you are successful in your application you will be supported and mentored into the position by the current Co-Convenors, Maddy and Annette.
Read the position description below to get more of an insight into the role. If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to apply for the role as a Convenor or Co-Convenor for ALIA Students and New Graduates Group please contact us and let us know the following –
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What skills/passions would you bring to ALIA SNGG?
- Are you interested in being a solo Convener or a Co-Convenor? If Co-Convenor, is there someone else applying you want to work with?
Applications close 17 May 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to watch the amazing future of ALIA SNGG unfold!
Please note, you must be a member of ALIA in order to apply.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Maddy & Annette