Join the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group blog team!

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is searching for people to join our blog team!

We are looking for enthusiastic people with advanced social media skills and a passion for connecting with fellow students and new graduates. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and to strengthen your professional network.

 

As part of the blog team, you will be responsible for:

  • Engaging with current discussions relevant to GLAMR professions and reflecting on those in blog posts
  • Creating monthly professional profiles representing the various facets of GLAMR
  • Promoting the group’s regional events
  • Monitor and respond to comments from our readers
  • Collaborate with our other social media channels

Please note that this is a volunteer position. If you are interested in applying please send an email to alianewgraduatesgroup@gmail.com. We will send you more information and a detailed description of the role.

 

Closing date: Saturday, 15 July.

New year, new ALIA SNGG social media team!

Welcome

The ALIA Students and New Graduates Group would like to introduce our new Social Media team! This team of highly intelligent and interesting volunteers will be working hard to keep you up to date with the latest industry news, cat memes and food for thought.

Meet the new team!

Jade

One of these days, I’m going to spend a summer on an archaeological dig in the Middle East! I will also write a book, probably something about ancient history, social media and connecting the past to the present and future. I enjoy being creative and find an outlet through design, I’ve already designed 22 book covers for the book I’ve yet to write. I also want to build a family home to pass onto my son. Imagine walking up to Bilbo Baggins’ house and that is what my home will look like, green roof and all!

Starting in libraries, I always thought I’d end up in collection management or maybe as an ancient history subject librarian. But since discovering data visualisation and interpretation I’ve been a keen advocate of increasing my peers (and my own) data literacy.

Jade will continue her awesome work on the ALIA SNGG Twitter account in 2017.

Angela

Entering into the library and information profession has been a rewarding experience. I have recently become a Librarian in training with a coffee addiction having been accepted into University. It is interesting to see the current library trends and how information and libraries have kept up and gone forward with how information is delivered. Libraries can have a positive impact on the community, especially for young people.

Angela will be working with Jade on the ALIA SNGG Twitter account and will be contributing to the ALIA SNGG blog.

Maddy

I am a Harry Potter obsessed, unpractising zoologist who loves a good cat meme! Getting into the information profession has been eye opening  and I am very passionate about bringing libraries and librarians out into the open and showing the world what we are all about. Especially showing new, upcoming and potential information professionals how exciting the world of information and libraries can be. I am also passionate about sharing with the world the cuteness that is my cat, Aurora!

Maddy will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group and the upcoming ALIA SNGG Instagram account.

Bre

I’m a politics nerd, book addict and sleeping professional who has a bit of love/hate relationship with stability. I’m working on inserting myself into the library industry because I’m passionate about the role libraries play in the community.

Bre will be working on the ALIA SNGG blog and upcoming LinkedIn account.

Kylie

I am in my second semester of a Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) at QUT and I also work as a library adviser at QUT.  I’m interested in gamification, gaming in libraries and promoting social justice through libraries.  I’m also a keen gamer, Twine tinkerer, tea enthusiast and cat collector.

Kylie will be working on the ALIA SNGG blog.

Christine

I LOVE ancient history, ancient near east, to be precise. I had this wild idea of knocking over a Masters in Information Studies so I could work in an academic library to pursue this love… and then I fell in love with public libraries. So here I am reading stories, playing my ukulele and dancing around with toddlers and being paid for it. Not bad at all 🙂

Christine will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group and the upcoming Instagram account.

Irene

One of the best experiences I have ever had has been to do the harvest and follow the wine process in France for two seasons. Even if not strictly related to the library field, I later used those feelings and knowledge to plan a couple of projects for the library I was working at that time. Once again, I had experienced that every involvement enriches more than you think and especially for librarians is essential to be curious, active and to go beyond the shelves to support literacy without geographical or social limits.

Irene will be working on the ALIA SNGG Facebook Group.

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Q&A

To get to know the team a bit better, we asked them a few questions:

Q1: Where was your last holiday and/or where would you like to go next?

Angela: I would love to travel to Europe mostly to Italy, Croatia and Greece during the summer!

Bre: My last trip was to South America and Europe in 2014. The two months I spent in Peru during that time just wasn’t long enough, so I’m off there again in September!

Kylie: I would like to travel around the USA paying S.P.E.C.I.A.L attention to visiting some of the landmarks in the Fallout games … I really love Fallout.

Christine: My last few holidays have been to Israel. My husband takes tour groups each year, and I’ve also worked on a dig – a Crusader castle on the Mediterranean coast – it was an amazing experience.

Irene: I usually travel for personal researches rather than real (and relaxing) holidays, but if I have the chance, I love to discover new places with a backpack and acting like a local, wherever I am. My dream/goal would be to visit at least once in a life every continent on Earth: South America and…Antarctica are still missing!

Q2: Who would be your ideal dinner party guests and why?

Angela: Probably Emma Watson, Maggie Smith, J.K. Rowling and John Green I think they are very inspirational but also think the conversations would be interesting.

Bre: My ideal dinner party guests would be Julian Burnside, J.K. Rowling, Sam Harris, Colin Wright, Winnie Byanyima and James Hansen – these are the most awesome people in the world and I would give anything to be even slightly as cool as they are.

Kylie: I’d like to have dinner with time travelers from the future.  I want to know if humanity ends up colonising Mars or living in space stations, whether we figure out FTL travel, whether we’ve made contact with other far flung civilisations, what the average day job will be a few hundred years from now and what a space-faring society looks like.  I might read too much Sci Fi.  Extra points if they like buffalo wings as much as I do.

Christine: To be totally honest, I’m done with dinner parties! Give me a quiet corner at my local bar overlooking the ocean, at sunset, my hubby and a glass of merlot and I’m in heaven.

Irene: It would be interesting to have at the same table David Foster Wallace, Roger Federer, Stanley Kubrick and Freddie Mercury, to discuss about sport, music and the meaning of life. Meanwhile, I could prepare homemade gnocchi, tiramisù or a traditional pizza.

Q3: Who or what is your GLAMR inspiration and why?

Angela: Been currently inspired by American program Read Aloud Day highlighting the importance of literacy especially to children.

Bre: Libraries Without Borders! It’s about more than just books. Their efforts show how libraries facilitate community and social well-being, as well as contributing to peace building efforts. Education is so important!

Kylie: I have many!  Two that stick out for me are Hugh Rundle and Kim Tairi.  They’re both making a big impact on the GLAMR community by encouraging collaboration, learning and idea sharing.  They are incredibly motivated and creative, which I admire.

Christine: It would have to be author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, David Lankes. His work made such an impact on me at uni, and really opened my eyes to how influential and important libraries are to communities. It put a fire in my belly! And it was a real treat to hear him speak at the VALA conference last year!

Irene: Information professionals who passionately advocate for librarians’ critical role in nowadays society, using interdisciplinary approaches, are a great inspiration to me. I also appreciate the GLAM-Wiki project, as I believe in the necessity to share resources by collaborative communities.

The new ALIA SNGG social media team will be working hard to bring you even more amazing content in 2017.  Stay tuned!

Goodbye to SNGG and NGAC from Romany Manuell

Romany Manuell

Romany Manuell, ALIA member extraordinaire

Today, we are very proud to present to you a guest post by Romany Manuell, longtime ALIA member who has been part of ALIA SNGG and NGAC for the last seven years and inspired us all. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors and a big thank you for all your great work for ALIA SNGG !


Goodbye to SNGG and NGAC

by Romany Manuell

Recently I finished up seven years of volunteering for the Students and New Graduates Group and the New Generation Advisory Committee. I really want to keep volunteering for ALIA (ask not what your organisation can do for you, etc!) but I need to press pause for a while. I’m beginning my PhD through Charles Sturt University, and also working full time…

So, I just thought I’d write a few notes about what’s happened over the last SEVEN YEARS! I still can’t believe how quickly it’s flown by! Continue reading

Now Available: National Regional Coordinator Positions

Here is an opportunity to be actively involved in the profession by contributing to what matters most to students and new graduates. ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is happy to announce that it has several Regional Coordinators positions available in:

  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Australian Capitol Territory
  • New South Wales

ALIA SNGG is looking for enthusiastic students and new graduates of an information studies course, who are bursting to contribute to the profession and new graduates community. As a ALIA Student and New Graduates Regional Coordinator, you will:

  • Have an active interest in professional development in the Library & Information sector.
  • Establish and widen your professional network by liaising with the professional community in organising and facilitating events;
  • Become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • Develop an awareness of key issues and trends in different information sectors throughout your experience as a Regional Coordinator;
  • Build on and diversify your transferrable skills by providing input to regular reports, promoting events, displaying leadership for your peers.
  • Report on events to the NGG using the appropriate Google Docs, and at NGG teleconferences.
  • Pass on to the NGG Convener any issues that the New Generation Advisory Committee might need to know about
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills

Being a Regional Coordinator is a professional development opportunity and a fantastic opportunity to grow your personal learning networks. Points may be gained as part of the ALIA PD Scheme or may form part of a professional practice component of your information studies course.

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/ CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!: Note: You need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate!

To apply, just tell us in 200 words or less why you’d like to be a Regional Coordinator and what you think the New Graduates Group means to the profession and newbies.

Please email your application to National Convener Hiba Kanj: alianewgraduatesgroup@gmail.com

Applications close Friday 31st October 2014.