October Newsletter

ALIA Students and New GraduatesOctober 2017


Welcome to the ALIA Students and New Graduates’ secondly monthly update!

We hope you found our September Newsletter a useful resource for keeping track of all the events, post-event wrap ups and other exciting things ALIA SNGG got up to in September. The October Newsletter will function in the same way – so be sure to bookmark this blog post and check back regularly throughout the month as upcoming events are announced and new content is added to the blog.


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QLD Interview Skills Panel & Workshop Wrap-Up

Last Saturday morning, a group of well-dressed and interview-ready students and new graduates gathered together to listen to some advice on how to nail that pesky job interview. 

Our panelists for the morning included managers of different backgrounds:

  • Lisa Treston – HR Generalist and Consultant
  • Rebecca Ruff – QUT
  • Gary Johnston – QUT
  • Sam Searle – Griffith

And included Joseph Doyle who is recently employed at the Brisbane Islamic College for our student/new grad experience.

If you want to see what it was like you can watch the Facebook Live Recording of the panel via the ALIA Students and New Graduates page.

However, if you want a quick wrap-up of the event with a few top tips then read on! We asked our panelists a bunch of questions which were posted on our anonymous Padlet page. Broadly, we picked out the most touched-on tips below:

  • Preparation is KEY and helps to stop nervousness, if you are prepared everything falls into place.
  • What to wear? Opinions differ but dress slightly above what your position dictates. But most importantly, wear what you feel most comfortable in – it will affect your interview if you’re not comfortable!
  • The interview process can differ in large institutions and small institutions, so do your research and know what to expect when you go in to the interview.
  • Be mindful of your eye contact and body language. Remember, confidence and clarity are important. Don’t be afraid to take your time.

The second half of the morning focused on the practice aspects of preparing for a job interview. Participants worked on a sample job description to map their responses and experiences according to the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) template. A key part of this session was to begin thinking about what types of interview questions could be gleaned from the sample job description and selection criteria. Our above panel members, joined by Amy Walduck (ALIA QLD State Manager) and Joanna Fear (Federal Court Library), worked with participants to tease out these questions in preparation for the final part of the day – the mock interview! Each participant answered three interview questions in a one-on-one session with one of the mentors. Written and verbal feedback was provided for everyone to review in their own time.

The three top themes from feedback from each of the mentors include:

  1. Remember your transferrable skills! Sometimes you might not have a library-specific example, but you probably have something transferrable up your sleeve. If you didn’t get a chance to see Librarians and Dragons live at NLS8 earlier this year, take a look at the resources providedto see if they can help!
  2. Sometimes the process or task is only half the answer to a question. Keep an eye out for opportunities to sell your “soft skills” like teamwork, communication, or time management.
  3. Try not to rush your answers, take some deep breaths and slow down!

If you have any suggestions for professional development events in the future please let us know! Send us an email: alianewgrads.qld@gmail.com or Tweet: @ALIAnewgrads

Also, don’t forget to read about Amy Walduck’s (ALIA Queensland State Manager) experience at the event.


Annette & Maddy.

ALIA SNGG QLD Regional Co-ordinators.

ALIA SNGG September Update

ALIA Students and New GraduatesSeptember 2017


Welcome to the ALIA Students and New Graduates’ first monthly update!

At the beginning of each month we will update you on what we’re up to and what events you can look forward to.   We will also keep you up to date on the latest from the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee.

Let us know what you think in the comments, as this is a work in progress.  As the month goes on, we will update this post with any new events for this month, so be sure to bookmark this post and check back throughout the month.

So, without further ado, we present our very first update! Enjoy!

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QLD – Interview Skills Panel and Workshop

So! You’ve created a stellar resume, teased out some STAR selection criteria, and scored yourself an interview.

What next? You’ve got to smash the interview and get the job!

Come join Queensland ALIA Students and New Graduates group for a hands-on panel and workshop all about the skills you need in an interview. We’ll be joined by experienced library managers and have the opportunity to ask them all the burning questions you have about what it takes to shine in a job interview.

Do you have a question for the panel? Contribute to our anonymous Padlet and get your question heard!

When: Saturday 2nd September

Where: Main Library (V714), QUT Gardens Point Campus

Cost: ALIA members free; non-members $5

RSVP: Spaces strictly limited. Please register by 29/08/17 via Eventbrite or email newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

Brisbane: NLS8 Wrap Up

Brought to you by ALIA QLD and ALIA Student and New Graduates Group.

Were you stuck in Queensland for NLS8? No problem, we have you covered! Join us in Brisbane for our NLS8 Wrap Up as we talk with NLS8 presenters and delegates. Hear about what happened in Canberra at the 8th New Librarians’ Symposium, what were the themes, what ideas were sparked, how inspiring were the keynote speakers? (Here’s a hint, very inspiring!)


Details of the event are –

When: Tuesday 11th July | 5:45pm – 7:00pm – networking opportunities available from 5:30pm and after 7pm.

Where: Brisbane Square Library, Level 2, the End Room

How:     RSVP to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

Cost:     Free for members, $5 for non-members


We are very lucky to present the following speakers for the NLS8 Wrap Up to you –

Amy Walduck – ALIA State Manager for Queensland

Amy was a Co-Convenor for NLS8, presented a workshop, AND sat on a panel.

Getting down and dirty: Modern realities of special libraries (a masterclass)

Styled for success: A panel discussion on fashion, individuality and dressing professionally for the library and information sector

Hear all about her NLS8 experience from the superwoman herself!


Kylie Burgess – Moreton Bay Regional Library

Kylie was one of the student bursary winners and is also an ALIA SNGG Social Media Coordinator. Hear about Kylie’s experience as an NLS8 delegate and bursary winner and her key take-aways from the symposium.


Eleanor Colla – University of Queensland

Eleanor, the 2016 QULOC Graduate, presented at NLS8 on her experiences with knowledge management.

From chaos to calm through storytelling and community building in GLAM and beyond: A journey and conversation about Knowledge Management

Learn about knowledge management as Eleanor takes you through her presentation.


Anie Woskanian and Naidene Sartori – Griffith University

Anie and Naidene attended NLS8 as delegates. In our NLS8 Wrap Up they will share what they learned and experienced at the symposium first hand.


Michael Hawks and Maddy Medlycott – Queensland University of Technology

Michael and Maddy were first time presenters and put together a workshop at NLS8.

Librarians and Dragons

Hear all about their workshop that combines transferable skills and gamification.


Come along to Brisbane’s NLS8 Wrap Up and hear from these amazing speakers. It will be as if you were at NLS8 yourself!

Don’t forget to RSVP to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

NLS8Wrap Up