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

RSVP:

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

New South Wales – 2017 Meet and Greet: Event Wrap-Up

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The NSW ALIA Students and New Graduates Group had their first gathering for 2017 the location in Coco Cubano, Campbelltown was ideal especially the decor! We were sitting in a room with leather reading chairs surrounded by books. The weather could not dampen the mood inside and we had lots of laughter and stories to share.

This gathering was an excellent opportunity for future information professionals to meet and network over delicious food and drinks.  Diana Richards, ALIA NSW State Manager, met and spoke to each attendee and informed them of all the services a member of ALIA can access.  She handed out information with easy instructions and the links to different pages on the ALIA website.

We believe this event was successful and are looking forward to planning the next event after NLS8.

From the NSW ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinators

Michelle Stuart, Michelle Feely and Angela Bagaric

Brisbane – Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop!

Save the date! On Saturday 22nd April, Queensland ALIA Students and New Graduates Group will be hosting a Selection Criteria Panel and Workshop event.

After the successful implementation of the annual Resume Review Cafe, we asked students and new graduates what other kind of professional development events they would like to take part in.

An overwhelming number of you asked about Selection Criteria: how to write it, what to avoid, etc. So we’ve made a plan to get you all up-to-speed!

During our Panel and Workshop you will be given the opportunity to ask out panellists any question you have about writing selection criteria. We’ve set up a handy Padlet for you to
start asking your questions anonymously. The panel will run for approximately 40 minutes after which we will split into groups to workshop and write some generic selection criteria responses. When that is all said and done we’ll grab some morning tea and have a chat.

Everyone is welcome! Please send us an email if you have any concerns.

When: Saturday 22nd April, 2017 from 9:00am – 11:00am

Where: QUT Gardens Point Campus, Main Library V Block, Room 714.

How much: ALIA-Members FREE! Non-Members $5

RSVP: 16/04/17 to newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

Brisbane – Resume Review Cafe 2017 Wrap-Up!

Last weekend the QLD ALIA SNGG kicked off the first stage in our 2017 professional development series which loosely follows the three key points to nail in order to land a job:

  • Create the perfect Resume which sums up your skills and experience
  • Address the Selection Criteria to show off your stories
  • Present yourself professionally in the Interview

Our Resume Review Cafe was well attended this year, with a group of new and enthusiastic students scheduled to meet with information and library managers who very generously gave up their Saturday morning to share some advice.

Each student was paired with a manager and spent approximately 30 minutes one-on-one with them to discuss the finer points of their resume and get some tips on how to improve. This year we were also attended by a HR Recruitment Specialist, Sam,  who was on standby to give her perspective on the hiring process and what she looks for when picking resumes.

Some tips from Sam are below:

Tip 1 – Identify accomplishments rather than just listing or describing what the job is. Include things you personally achieved in the role.

Tip 2 – Make sure there are no spelling or formatting errors! Always get it double checked by someone else before you submit it.

Tip 3 – Make sure your resume is relevant and tailored for the particular role you are applying for. This may mean you have to tweak it for each job you apply for but it is worth it! The recruiter and employer can see immediately how your experience is suited for their role.

Tip 4 – Make sure there are no gaps in your employment or experience timeline within the last 5 years. Even if you were travelling, looking after someone or doing a job that isn’t related to what you are applying for include it. It only has to have a few details such a dates and a job title. Recruiters and employers will wonder what you were up to if they notice gaps.

A special thank you must be given to the group below, many of whom have participated multiple times! The flowers this year were only a very small token of our appreciation, words themselves couldn’t describe how grateful we are to have your continued help and support each year.

Helen Hobbs – QUT

Donald Jeffreys – Griffith University

Maureen Sullivan – Griffith University

Anita McMilian – Knowledge & Learning Resources Manager at West Moreton Anglican College

Joanna Fear – Federal Court Library

Amy Walduck – ALIA QLD State Manager

Not only do they give their support in person but they also let us pick their brains. At our Resume Review Cafe in 2016, our mentors kindly gave us their top tips, which you can read about in Key Take Aways from the QLD Resume Review Cafe. Our mentors still claim these bits of advice are spot on!

And as always, if you don’t have the opportunity to attend the Resume Review Cafe in person, remember that ALIA SNGG offers a National Resume Review Service where student ALIA members can email your resume through for advice and get a professional review.

ALIA SNGG have also been working very hard on a Job Site specially designed with a whole bunch of tips and tricks to help you get a job! Check it out. 

Also, keep an eye out over the next few months for the rest of our professional development series. Next up, Selection Criteria Panel + Workshop!

Brisbane – ALIA Info Online Wrap-Up Event

Missed out on the ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference in Sydney? Not to worry! Join us on Monday 6 March from 5:30-7:00pm, QUT Gardens Point, Room V-714 to hear from QLD LIS professionals as they share their experiences of the conference around the theme: data, information, knowledge.

All are welcome to this free event, and what’s more, wine and nibbles will be provided!

We will be live-streaming the event on the ALIA Queensland Facebook page for those who can’t be there in person.

RSVP to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com by 3 March.