ACT Event: NLS8 wrap up

Jade, Cindy and I knew that the New Librarians Symposium was going to be amazing, that before it started we decided to organise a wrap up event. We also knew that not everyone would be able to get to NLS8, but hearing about it from those who did would be the next best thing.

On our panel we had Chery Gladman, who volunteered at the conference and was given the opportunity to attend part of the conference as an thank you for her help. We also had David Faraker and Charissa O’Sullivan from the Australian Parliamentary Library who attended as well as ALIA’s ACT State Manager, Jade Koekoe who ran her own DIY Marketing for Libraries workshop at NLS8.

As the moderator, I had the privilege of asking our panel a variety of questions surrounding NLS8. Our panel responded by providing an overview of NLS8 as well as an insight into their thoughts of the 3 day conference. We touched on librarian health and well being, DIY research, being your genuine self and the available resources of prison libraries. We also asked our panel to highlight some potential workshops and lectures that they might like to see at the next New Librarian Symposium in 2019.

Overall, the event was a huge success due in part to Cindy’s cheese and dip platter and my artistic videography through Facebook Live. If you are interested you can watch the whole panel on ALIA SNGG’s Facebook Page.


Again, thank you to all our panel members for participating and to all of our attendees.

We look forward to seeing you all at our Key Selection Criteria workshop on the 5th September 5:30pm at the NLA.

Chris Sonneveld

Canberra: Midwinter Dinner

Collaborations are great, and ACT SNGG had a fantastic time with ALIA URLs putting together this year’s Midwinter Dinner.

As it is ALIA’s 80th Birthday this year, it was agreed that a venue that had a 1930’s feel would be amazing and we were lucky enough to book the historic Hyatt Hotel. On top of a great venue, we had a birthday cake, trivia and everyone came in their best 1930’s outfits. The highlights of the night for us were picking a best dressed and hearing Sue McKerracher’s speech, in which she was a Director visiting the colonies and giving library staff a motivational talk. The following is a short extract from Sue’s speech, she suggests reading it with an upper crust English accent :

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Victoria: July Social Event Wrap Up

On a chilly winter’s evening last week Victoria ALIA Students and New Graduates Group had their July social event around a cosy corner table at Captain Melville. Though the weather outside was cold, all who attended were in high spirits and enjoyed the evening thoroughly. It was wonderful to catch up with familiar faces and to meet some new ones.
Although we all know that networking is something we should be doing, it can seem daunting at times. Because of this we try to make our monthly social events a fun and pressure-free way to connect with other new and future information professionals over some food and drinks. Everyone is always very friendly and conversation is wide ranging – it’s not always work talk we promise!

Our next event will be our tool building seminar on interview skills, so keep an eye on the ALIA SNGG social channels for details and we hope to see you there!

Melbourne – Responding to Key Selection Criteria Workshop Wrap Up

Melbourne – Responding to Key Selection Criteria Workshop Wrap Up


The Victorian ALIA SNGG team hosted its first tool building seminar for 2017 on responding to Key Selection Criteria at RMIT University on June 28.

The event was well attended, and those who bared the winter cold heard from our panel of experts:

  • Romany Manuell, Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University (watch their video)
  • Laurie Atkinson, Director Law Library of Victoria and Supreme Court Librarian (watch their video)
  • Kathryn Donkin, Library and Operations Team Leader, City of Melbourne (watch their video)


The presenters drew on their wealth of experience to give attendees their best advice for compiling job winning key selection criteria. Here’s a summary of their top tips:


Read and follow the ‘how to apply’ instructions. Overseeing this simple detail and submitting something that does not respond to what the employer has asked for will almost certainly see your application go to the ‘No’ pile.

All three presenters mentioned this so it’s our number one tip.


Make your application easy for the employer to see why they need you in their organisation. Your job isn’t just to tell them how great you are, but how great you will be for them once you are in the role.


Some simple layout changes are easy ways to increase your chances of getting that job:

  • Use an easy to read font, such as Arial.
  • Address the application to the correct person (by name, and spelt correctly) – if there is a name on the ad – use it!
  • Write out each key selection criteria as headings on the document (don’t just number them).
  • Send your application as a pdf to ensure the employer will see it correctly formatted – Word is not safe.
  • And of course, show off your attention to detail by ensuring there are no spelling or grammar mistakes!


Don’t skirt around the content of the key selection criteria, show you are capable of writing on topic. Break down the different points of the each key selection criteria and answer them separately if this will help. Consider using bullet points to clarify, or hyperlinks to online projects in order to showcase your skills.


Don’t do it alone. Reach out to your network for help. Ask a friend or mentor to read over it, and make sure they are prepared to give you an honest opinion that will help you improve your job application.

If you missed the event or have forgotten something, you can watch videos of the three speakers from the event on our YouTube channel.

You can find more great tips from the night by checking out the tweets posted on the night, #SNGGthatjob and by viewing the slides from our presenters on the evening

If you’d like more advice on your application remember that ALIA SNGG offers a National Resume Review Service where you can email your resume through to receive feedback from an industry professional. This service is available to ALIA members, including student members.

ALIA SNGG have more information to help you get that job on our Job Site. Check it out.

VIC ALIA Student and New Graduates Group (SNGG) will hold their annual Tool-Building Seminar #2: Interview Skills on Wednesday 30 August at RMIT Uni, Building 80, Level 3, Room 15. 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. Hope to see you there!

Canberra: ALIA ACT Midwinter Dinner


The ALIA URLs ACT are very pleased to invite you all to an extra special ALIA Midwinter Dinner. It’s ALIA’s 80th birthday this year, and we are celebrating 1930’s style! As it’s so special it will be held in the very beautiful and theme-appropriate Hyatt Hotel. So get out your best 1930’s outfit and come along to celebrate.

There will be lucky door prizes for the best dressed, and a special birthday cake for ALIA.

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Promenade Café, Hyatt Hotel. 120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Cost: $58 pp for a Buffet Dinner including tea and coffee
Register and prepay:
Everyone welcome – both members and non-members!