Call out for ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinators in Victoria and Australian Capital Territory

We Need You VIC and ACT

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is looking for people to join our group as Regional Coordinators in Victoria and Australian Capital Territory.

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about our profession? Are you looking for a way to contribute to the GLAMR community? Do you want to meet new people and strengthen your professional network? Then becoming an ALIA Regional Coordinator is right up your alley!

As an ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:

  • become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • organise and facilitate a wide range of social and professional events;
  • establish and expand your professional network by liaising with the professional community.

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/ CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!

Note: This is a volunteer role, and you need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate!

For more information about the role see the position description.

If you are interested in applying please send an email to

We look forward to getting an email from you!

Closing date: Friday 17 November.

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.

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:

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:

We hope to see you all there!

Annette & Maddy

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


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