#auslibchat follow up: notes from Clare O’Dwyer

Clare O’Dwyer gives us her extended answers from the last #auslibchat:

“I really enjoyed #auslibchat and it is an amazing experience especially when working overseas – although it made me a little homesick.

Here are my extended answers for the blog…

Q1. What was your first GLAMR job? #auslibchat

My first job was a library assistant in a volunteer role at my old primary school. This led to a paid role.

It was a really wonderful first job that I was given quite a lot of autonomy in to do story times and creative displays. I was only 19 years old so it really helped me feel more confident to get started in a library career.

Q2. How were you supported in your early career by ALIA or other professional organisations? What would you change/do differently? #auslibchat

In my early career my first experience of working in a public library at 20 was dreadful I was really bullied. However I did get recommended into another library assistant role in another organisation where the love vibe reigned. I had stomach pain each day from the laughter and fun with my colleagues. My manager told me quite clearly I should go to university and get qualified … she really believed in my ability. From a Library technician qualification to a Masters in Arts Management later that manager lit a fire that has never gone out. I truly love libraries and our ability to transform a library experience for our clients.

Q3. What would you do to champion new gen professionals & new grads in an environment that is increasingly difficult to find a job? #auslibchat

There is a real need to have succession planning strengthened in the larger libraries in Australia. Ideally more paid internships or cadets or short term project opportunities. In RMIT Vietnam the majority of the library staff are 20 years younger than me … they bring so much great optimism, strategic ideas and creative energy.

Q4. What role does ALIA have to play in the critical l’ship movement? How does this relate to future strategy and action? #auslibchat

Libraries more than ever are institutions of truth that support diversity. They are truly spaces that you can be alone but also supported by Librarians. Its important to keep our profile high to ensure government and institutional funding for the long term and to ensure Librarians are recognised as professionals. That includes maintaining salaries that are commensurate with the IT industry.

Q5. How can the profession continue to grow & develop? What role do you see for new gen professionals right now? #auslibchat

Its really exciting times for new gen librarians – opportunities in research, data management, digital curation, events, training, curating exhibitions and so much more. If I was starting out again I would be very interested in coding and gaining more skills in digital archives.

We will continue to grow if we keep both and open mind and seize opportunities to step in and be a critical service. I am very excited that libraries can also be maker spaces, performance spaces, business start up platforms and learning spaces. Our strength is that we don’t just talk about innovation we implement it.”

 

Thanks Clare!

If you missed last week’s chat, here is the Storify.

Here are the candidates’ Twitter handles to look out for:

Alicia Cohen – @Alicia_Cohen

Jonathon Guppy – @JonnyGup

Clare O’Dwyer – @MrsChurchill1

Anne Reddacliff – @AMoodiLibrarian

Don’t forget that if you’re an ALIA member, there’s still time to vote! Get to know your candidates and hop to it!

James McGoran

Vice Chair, NGAC

Canberra – GLAMR Connect: Event wrap-up

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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 Data.gov.au, 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 Data.gov.au 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

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GLAMR Professional Profile – Amy Walduck

Welcome to the first GLAMR Professional Profile post for 2017!  

In the coming months the ALIA SNGG blog team will showcase GLAMR professionals from all over the country and ask them questions about their careers, what drew them to GLAMR and what advice they have to offer students and new graduates.

Our first GLAMR Professional Profile features the amazing Amy Walduck.  Amy is the ALIA State Manager for Queensland, a librarian with the Government Research and Information Library based at the State Library of Queensland and a member of the NLS8 organising committee.  She is a Twitter extraordinaire, an enthusiastic adopter of technology and a familiar face to many ALIA members in Queensland.  You can follow Amy on Twitter here.

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Canberra – Resume tips for our Resume Workshop

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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 alia.act.newgrad@gmail.com 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
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