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

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GLAMR Professional Profile – Naidene Sartori

Naidene is an Assistant Library Campus Coordinator at Griffith University and is currently studying her Masters of Information Studies through Charles Sturt.

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What was your path to librarianship?  What was it that drew you to librarianship?

I guess you could say I fell into it. I have spent years studying music and education with no real stable job prospects so becoming a librarian was a very natural transition for me. I already had strong transferable skills in IT, literacy and organisational skills. So changing career focus was a new start for me that I was very excited about.

What drew me to librarianship was the variety in job roles and the constant learning. I think a love of knowledge is where it all started. As a librarian you need to keep up with the latest technologies, to help guide people find the information they need and to appropriately organise and manage information you’re entrusted with. I enjoy this immensely, as a librarian I find I am mentoring, training and educating staff and patrons on a daily basis to find, access and use information.

Where are you doing your library qualification and when will you graduate?

I am studying a master of information studies externally through Charles Sturt University. I am hoping to finish by the end of 2017.

Where are you currently working and what is your job title?

I am currently working at Griffith University. I started as a Library Campus Services (LCS) team member but I am currently enjoying a secondment opportunity as the Assistant Library Campus Coordinator. I help assist and train LCS staff across both Nathan and Logan campus libraries. The LCS staff are the face of the library and assist and support academics and students of Griffith University.

What does a standard day look like you for?

A typical day is quite varied as my responsibilities are vast. The majority of my time is spent deputising for the campus coordinator and supporting the staff in their daily operational activities. Whether that be liaising with staff to develop or update ‘Best Practice Work Methods’ that support staff in completion of daily operations, as well as developing training activities for the staff to improve or upskill. There are always a number of interesting little projects that I will be working on as well. Such as the review and rewording of the Griffith Library webpages, deselection and weeding of the physical library collection, or organising and arranging spaces in the library for events.

What is it that you love most about your job or librarianship in general?

What I love most about librarianship is the role is ever-changing and renewing. Libraries are innovative places and  holistically embrace change within education, technology and information. On a daily basis I am learning something new or discovering new ways to find, create, and share information.

What I enjoy about my current job the most is interacting with students everyday and the staff. I am a part of a large team of library campus services staff and they are a very supportive and dynamic group. I enjoy the customer service aspect, especially when I get thrown a good reference question. There is nothing more rewarding then seeing the look of stress disappear from a student’s’ face because you managed to find what they were looking for. It’s the feeling of empowerment when you have really helped someone.

Do you have any advice for students and new graduates forging their careers in librarianship?

Be proactive and show initiative. Libraries are always changing and re-inventing so it is admiring when someone shows initiative and thinks outside the box. Especially working in an academic library, students need and want to have the latest and greatest in their services. So constantly upskilling and keeping abreast of new trends and solutions in technology and education is desirable. I recommend not waiting for your employee to recommend training, make the effort to constantly learn and immerse yourself in the world of libraries, information and technology. For example just recently I participated in an adobe education online training course. I have already implemented what I have learnt to improve my work practice. I developed skills in a number of adobe software products, which have also been beneficial when dealing with students who need basic help with adobe software that they may be using for their assignments.

Can you tell me about one of your early interviews for a library role?  How did it go?  Any advice?

Interviews are always very daunting and stressful, so preparation is key. The interview I attended for my entry into Griffith has been the most successful to date, not only because I got the job, but how I went about it. While I had no library experience I was able to demonstrate through transferable skills I had developed working in retail and throughout my university studies. Understanding the role you are applying for is vital and ensuring you can demonstrate succinctly your capability and what you can bring to the role. Don’t waffle! Come prepare with 2 to 3 competency examples to demonstrate to the panel your capabilities.

Where do you hope your career takes you?

To be honest I have only just started experiencing what libraries have to offer. There are a myriad number of paths to choose from in Academic libraries alone. Within the foreseeable future I am just looking forward to exploring those numerous roles and hopefully find where exactly is my forte.

You’ll be attending NLS8 – What are you most excited about?

NLS8 have an exciting line up of keynote speakers, such as Jane Caro, R. David Lankes, Mylee Joseph & many more. It would be great to hear from them all as they have a wealth of knowledge and with most currently contributing innovatively within the library sector.

I am most excited about the opportunity to network and connect with others who are working and studying in the librarianship field. Conferences are a great way to keep in touch with the current trends of the industry, which is generally inspiring and energising.

CSU Visit in Brisbane

Brisbane is going to be lucky enough to host some Charles Sturt University students this May. The Library and Information students will be checking out our fair city and meeting lots of GLAMR professionals to inspire them and teach them about the industry.

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is putting on a meet and greet with the CSU students and you too can join in! Mingle with other students, meet some new faces from CSU and Brisbane alike and share your own library stories. With drinks and food available and new friends to make, what more could you want?! Full details are below.

Where – Charming Squire, 3/133 Grey Street, South Brisbane

When – Thursday 1 June at 6:00pm

Who – Everyone’s invited

What – Drinks and food is available to purchase as you go.

How – RSVP to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com by 30th May.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Brisbane – 2017 ALIA QLD Library and Information Week Trivia Night!

When: Monday 22 May 2017

Time: Doors open 5:30 for dinner and drinks – Trivia starts 6:30

Where: The Cricketers Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane.

Theme: In honour of ALIA’s 80th birthday and this year’s Library and Information Week 2017 theme, ‘Celebrate’, we are celebrating 1930s style!

Register here: https://www.regonline.com.au/aliaqldtrivia17

Last year’s Trivia Master returns for more fun competitions and games!

There will be loads of raffles and prizes, including an iPad mini! and a prize for the best themed table.

How it works:

Get your team together, come up with a team name, then enter your team name at the registration desk on the night. If you don’t have a team yet – don’t worry, we’ll find you a team to join on the night. It’s a great way to meet new library and information people! Eight is the recommended number per team.

Entry fees:

  • $10 per person for ALIA individual members, sponsors and affiliate associations [ALLA, PLAQ, SLAQ] – note you will need to enter your individual membership number when you register.
  • $20 per person if you are not in the above category


The QLD ALIA Students and New Graduates will be organising a team for the event. If you would like to join our team please send us an email with your name and we will organise a table for you: newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

We hope to see you all there!

Annette & Maddy