ALIA LARK – Reflections on Research Practice Recap!

ALIA Library Applied Research Kollective (LARK) presented its final event for 2022 earlier this month; Reflections on Research Practice! The webinar hosted guest speakers who reflected on their research practice and approaches. The event was well-attended and discussed varied experiences with LIS research, with a broad focus on research processes and value.

Adrian Stagg, Manager (Open Educational Practice), University of Southern Queensland, Content Team – Library Services, spoke about privileging humanity through his research and situating practice in context.

Rowena McGregor, Liaison Librarian, University of Southern Queensland, Library Services, discussed the practice of integrating library staff into research, as reflective practitioners.

Rebecca Muir, Doctoral Candidate at Charles Sturt University, reflected on the value of research skills and the importance of such research for advocacy within the library sector.

If you are interested in more from ALIA LARK, check out their Library Applied Research Kollective (LARK) blog and their LARKollective (Twitter).


ALIA Multicultural: Come to the table recap!

ALIA Multicultural celebrated the launch of their group with their Come to the table Webinar.

Joseph Lo Bianco AM, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, was a guest speaker.

ALIA President Vicki Edmuns shared that her presidential theme was diversity and that multiculturalism brings multicultural communities brings richness to our local libraries.

ALIA CEO Cathie Warburton shared that libraries play a role in supporting international students with multilingual resources.

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco emphasized the importance; that libraries have in promoting multiculturalism in their collections.

A few points from the chat:

  • Translation apps and software provide a general idea of the language but make mistakes.
  •  London has the most multicultural languages in Europe.
  •  193 United Nations States are multicultural. 
  • There are 7,097 languages spoken across the world. 
  • There are 2,464 endangered languages. 70% extinct in Australia, Canada and the United States of America compared to 10% in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  •  40% of the world has no access to education in languages.

Young people in Australia spend less time learning languages than in other countries. Compared to first languages taught in Denmark and South Korea at 6%, Spain at 4% and Poland at 1%.

Professor Lo Bianco raised his concerns about schools not spending more time teaching languages. 

You can catch up on the ALIA Multicultural conversation by following their #ALIAMulticultural hashtag and @MulticultuALIA Twitter account. Or follow ALIA Multicultural via

Website: ALIA Multicultural website

Social Media:

Instagram: ALIA Multicultural Instagram

Facebook: ALIA Multicultural Facebook

YouTube: Multicultural ALIA


ALIA Multicultural. (2022, November 22) ALIA Multicultural: Come to the table [Video]. Vimeo. URL 

Chang, C., and Macleod, K. (2022). Map: How multicultural is your suburb?. SBS News.

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ALIA Disability recap

On November 17th ALIA Disability had their Disability and Inclusion Professionals Webinar. The forth ALIA Disability Webinar for 2022 that started with Training for library staff in May.

Panel guests included Caren Burns, Kerrianne Roberston, Lilly Sanchez, James Nicholson, ALIA CEO Vicki Edmunds and ALIA QLD State Manager Stephen Harris.

What can we learn from disability and inclusion officers?

How can we better support staff living with disability?

Caren Burns and Kerrianne Robertson spoke about their experiences living with a disability, studying and working with a disability.

Caren’s advice for library inclusion:

  • Libraries need to include Alt-text for all images on their websites and social media. As this makes library content accessible for people using screen readers.
  • Do not assume that all electronic formats online are accessible – some formats are not accessible for screen readers.

Kerrianne Robertson, Masters of Information Services at Charles Sturt University shared her experience working as library assistant as a deaf person. She also spoke about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Kerrianne’s advice:

  • Libraries need to have have good lighting to be inclusive of people living with vision and hearing disabilities.
  • Libraries should have continued disability awareness training for new and current staff that discusses changes in trends and technology.

Lilly Sanchez shared her experience working with staff with different disabilities.

James Nicholson from Morton Bay Regional Libraries shared what Disability and Inclusion Programming available at MBRL.

James chatted about IDAHOBIT (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) and Next Chapter Book Club and SENSEational Play, All Abilities Playground Story Times.

  • Be authentic
  • Build trust in the community
  • Have fun

Stephen Harris, ALIA State Manager for Queensland from Bundaburg Libraries for inclusive volunteering and considering employing people with disabilities.

Stephen’s advice for employing people with disabilities is to craft the roles to the interest of the person.

Explore the ALIA Disability link below for the Disability and Inclusion Webinar.


ALIA National. (2022, November 17). ALIA Disability – Disability and Inclusion Professionals [Video]. YouTube.

Join ALIA Disability for their Open Mic Event on December 14th!

Registration closes in 3 days.

Register via this ALIA Disability Open Mic link via the ALIA Events List.

ALIA Graphic Webinar Recap!

On November 30, ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics Group held their second annual webinar; Nurturing and Inspiring Reading and Creativity With Comics and Manga. The event was a great success! The webinar talked about all things Junior and YA comics and manga. Most importantly, the inspiration and creativity these novels can bring to reading!

With talks from Gabby Cundy, librarian of Children’s and Youth literature and comics, Jillian Rudes, librarian and creator of the Manga in Libraries webinar series, and Elizabeth Marruffo and Campbell Whyte, comic book creators, directors and artists of Milktooth Arts Space.

The best part?…ALIA Graphic recorded the webinar! Catch up via the ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics Youtube channel.

You can also catch up on more from the ALIA Graphic Group via their blog – ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics.

ALIA NGAC Decoding Selection Criteria recap!

Miss out on ALIA NGAC’s recent Decoding Selection Criteria Zoom Webinar?

On the 28th of November, ALIA NGAC had a Zoom webinar dedicated to answering selection criteria questions.

Panel guests included:

Majella Pugh, Manager of the Library Resource Service area at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Responsible for looking after; the library collections, budget, and QUT digital collections. Who started at the University of Melbourne in the Giblin Eunson Library as a Library Assistant.

Liz Wakley Hall, Associate Director for Engagement and Scholarly Communications at Flinders University. Liz started working at Flinders University as a graduate librarian.

Gareth Dixon, Manager, Libraries and Heritage at the City of Armadale in Perth. Who first started as a student Library Volunteer.

Stephen Harris, Librarian at Bundaberg Regional Libraries and ALIA Queensland State Manager. Stephen started volunteering with the conservation department at the State Library of Queensland and moved to a contract position at Griffith University.

Our last speaker was Jane Cowell, who started as a children’s library officer, now the CEO of Yarra Plenty Library in Melbourne.

Attendees answered questions on Mentimetree about studying, working in LIS and knowledge of Selection Criteria.

35% (Yes – LIS at Tafe)
24% (Yes – LIS at Uni)
3% (Yes – Not in a LIS course)
37% (No)

One question addressed attendees experience from studying, continuing professional development and events to address selection criteria.

31% (sometimes)
24% (always)
7% (never)

Questions and Answers to the panel:

Q1. How do you determine whether applicants responded to the selection criteria well/not?


Selection criteria are you pitching yourself as the product to the client.
Use the selection criteria and position description wording.
Research the job/role.

Applicants that have not responded to selection criteria well for the position:
When they do not add recent roles. Are not relatable to the organisation.
Do not submit applications addressing the selection criteria in their cover letter. Are not selected for the role as they did not do a spelling and grammar check.

Selection Criteria responded to well or not are determined by
how you answer – use empathetic language. Build a portfolio for selection criteria. Create a table and add examples from your personal, working and studying life – that may meet the selection criteria you have seen.
Have you filled in the application correctly?

Q1b: How do you do your research?

Google the organisation you are applying for, look into your network, and ask questions of people who work in similar roles or work in the place. What is the mindset of the organisation or vision/ values?

Have a look at any organisation’s strategic plans and vision statements.

Look at any information about the company and who works there on LinkedIn.

Q2. Recommendations for calling or emailing the Contact Person listed in the job ad?


Calling or emailing the contact person listed on the Position Description/job ad is a way to open the door and introduce yourself to the organisation. Providing you with an opportunity to ask questions about the position description, selection criteria, team and organisation.

Be ready with your questions if you have any cold-calling questions, as you will be talking to a member of the library team, who is happy to answer your questions.

Q3. Should you call to get feedback after an interview?

Call or email to get feedback after an interview.
The company is looking for somebody who meets its strategy and values. You did well but did not meet their strategy for where the company wanted to go. Feedback puts your name back on the list (talent pool) for jobs – you may be the next in line for the job.

Q4. Where do you put your selection criteria – In the Resume or Cover Letter?

Read the selection criteria requirements carefully, as this will tell you where to place your selection criteria. You will find this information in the selection criteria/position description.

Q4b”What can a person do if they don’t understand selection criteria well?


Call or email the person when you are confused or unsure about a selection criteria question. Have a pre-interview and ask them to rephrase the question you don’t understand.

Make contact to ask for clarifications on the role.

Q5.Do you have any recommendations for an applicant who feels they don’t meet all of the selection criteria?


If you can meet 60% of the application- apply for the job.
40% can be professional development at the organisation. Use your transferable and volunteer skills/ experience.

Use the six, sixty, six rule.
What do you see in six seconds on the first page?
What hooks you to the person?
Sixty minutes is engaging? Am I engaging these people?
Six hours – are there any errors?

50%enthusiasm and 50% skills. Read the selection criteria to someone and ask, do I meet the selection criteria? Say it with enthusiasm and passion.

Don’t be afraid to go for positions outside your comfort zone.

(Answer in the chat)

Volunteering is experience even if it’s not a library held position. It can be with a group at school or in the community – working with people, organising, being trustworthy person- all transferable skills.

Volunteering is great experience and a way for you to expand your network of referees.

Recommendations for writing transferable skills?

If you have completed an assignment while studying, don’t just say you have completed an assignment – say I have written a report.
You can say you have a transferable skill – this is how you have done it and would meet the library selection criteria.
Managing people as a volunteer – it’s your project.


Studying you have current knowledge.

If you have volunteer experience managing people you have transferable project management skills. If you have volunteered at a convention or event you have customer service experience.

It takes courage to put yourself out there. Take applying as a professional development opportunity.

Clare Thorpe from NGAC (liaison)
ALIA has opportunities to fill your skills gaps with professional development by volunteering with ALIA NGAC and ALIA SNGG to fill your transferable skills gaps.

Caitlin Wallace (ALIA SNGG Convenor) talked about ALIA SNGG and the ALIA SNGG Resume Review Service and how you can have your resume revieed by an established professional.

Explore the ALIA SNGG WordPress page for a link to the ALIASNGG: Resume Review Job Help Site. (A place to find selection criteria resources and request to have your resume reviewed). You can have your resume reviewed up to 3 times a year.

Caitlin spoke about students and new graduates joining the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group.

Joining ALIASNGG as a volunteer can be a way for students and graduates to make networks and have chances to learn new transferable skills in person or online. Skills include learning report writing, networking, social media skills with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress Blog skills, reference skills, web design and creative design.

Take a look at the ALIA SNGG WordPress page to Get Engaged with ALIA SNGG.

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ALIA NGAC. “Decoding Selection Criteria.” [Webinar] Zoom, November 29.