March Newsletter

ALIA Students and New GraduatesMarch 2018

Wow, it’s already March. How did that happen?! 2018 is well under way and ALIA SNGG is busier than ever.

In addition to exciting PD and meet-ups, we’re looking ahead to conferences and other major events coming up this year. APLIC is happening in July/August and planning is underway for a New Grads Tweet-up like no other! Read ahead for more on that.

We’ll be updating this newsletter throughout the month, so please check back to find out what we’re up on online and in your state.

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November Newsletter

ALIA Students and New GraduatesNovember 2017

Welcome to another ALIA Students and New Graduates’ monthly update! 

We’re getting into the swing of our monthly blog newsletters now and we hope you’re enjoying this one-stop-shop for all the events and updates from the world of ALIA SNGG. We will be updating this post throughout the month with any new events that pop up so keep checking in!

November is going to be a great month – enjoy!

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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: 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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