Now Available: National Regional Coordinator Positions

Here is an opportunity to be actively involved in the profession by contributing to what matters most to students and new graduates. ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is happy to announce that it has Regional Coordinators positions available in:

  • Tasmania
  • South Australia

ALIA SNGG is looking for enthusiastic students and new graduates of an information studies course, who are bursting to contribute to the profession and new graduates community. As a ALIA Student and New Graduates Regional Coordinator, you will:

  • Have an active interest in professional development in the Library & Information sector.
  • Establish and widen your professional network by liaising with the professional community in organising and facilitating events;
  • Become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • Develop an awareness of key issues and trends in different information sectors throughout your experience as a Regional Coordinator;
  • Build on and diversify your transferrable skills by providing input to regular reports, promoting events, displaying leadership for your peers.
  • Report on events to the NGG using the appropriate Google Docs, and at NGG teleconferences.
  • Pass on to the NGG Convener any issues that the New Generation Advisory Committee might need to know about
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills

Being a Regional Coordinator is a professional development opportunity and a fantastic opportunity to grow your personal learning networks. Points may be gained as part of the ALIA PD Scheme or may form part of a professional practice component of your information studies course.

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/ CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!: Note: You need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate!

To apply, just tell us in 200 words or less why you’d like to be a Regional Coordinator and what you think the New Graduates Group means to the profession and newbies.

Please email your application to National Convener Patrick Splawa-Neyman:

Applications close Friday 16 October 2015.

Tasmania event at Launceston LINC

How do you redevelop a public library in the digital age? The Tasmania ALIA Students and New Graduates group met with Garry Conroy-Cooper, manager of the Launceston Learning and Information Network Centre (LINC) on 24 June 2015 to discover some answers to this question. Garry took us on a tour of the old library building in Launceston’s civic square, soon to be reopened with innovative features that reflect a commitment to community, information and public spaces.

Garry Conroy-Cooper, manager of Launceston LINC

Garry Conroy-Cooper, manager of Launceston LINC

Tasmania’s Learning and Information Network Centres (LINCs) is not a traditional “library” in both name and services. As Garry explained, LINCs are in the competitive service industry, and have expanded beyond physical collections to offer a wide range of services for the community. An example of this at the Launceston LINC is the focus on literacy skills programs for children and adults. There are literacy coordinators and tutors that assist clients with various activities, such as reading to children and filling out forms.  Workshops for job applicants will also be provided to support the community. In addition, LINC’s redevelopment will allow for several large meeting areas as well as after-hour access. Technical conveniences such as Wi-Fi, computers, and self-checkout stations will also be offered.

Bar with window looking out at Civic Square

Bar with window looking out at Civic Square

It was apparent that careful attention was given to the physical layout of the building design. Despite being the most popular public space in the area, they have a modest budget to work with that requires creativity. A vibrant atmosphere is provided with an on-site café and light wells stream into the building. There is an emphasis of employing open space that allows clients to work or relax, independently or collaboratively in a pleasant setting. Several bar tables with power outlets look out on the historic civic square. Staff’s role in the redeveloped LINC will be more proactive, as traditional service points have been reduced that will lead to roving interactions.  In addition, dynamic art gallery systems and historical collections will be showcased. Children’s collections have expanded, and there is a breastfeeding room to accommodate this.

View from the Hall, note the transparency

View from the Hall, note the transparency

The few and far between members of the Tasmanian New Students and New Graduates group took advantage of this excellent opportunity to see first-hand how libraries are taking aggressive steps to maintain an important community presence. Thank you to Garry Conroy-Cooper for spending time with us and showing us the redeveloped Launceston LINC.

– Jeff Schneider, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group Regional Coordinator for Tasmania

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HOBART: Employability Seminar, 29 May 2013

Library jobs are far and few between in Tasmania. How can you transfer your library qualifications and skills into other employment sectors? Do you need help in preparing your resumes? How about answering those elusive selection criteria questions?

The ALIA New Grads Group (Tas) is proud to present two guest speakers from Tasmania’s leading HR company – Searson Buck. We are fortunate to have their experienced career transition specialists Simone Ashby & Emma Ring to discuss career opportunities in the current job market and how you can transfer your array of skills to gain that perfect job!

Topic: Market Ready

The presentation components include:
•            Career reflections in a changing environment;
•            Resume preparation;
•            Addressing Selection Criteria.

Market Ready is designed to give people the tools they need to get ready to enter the employment market, either for the first time or re-entering.

Numbers are limited so book now: we need a minimum of 10 people to make this event happen and a maximum of 25

Date: 29 May 2013
Time: 10 – 11.30am (please arrive at 9.30am for registration & refreshments)
Venue: Searson Buck, 183 Macquarie St, Hobart (easy parking at the Village Cinemas carpark on Collins St)
Cost: $5 (ALIA members); $10 (non-ALIA members)
Light refreshments provided
RSVP: by 17 May 2013 to

Resume Review Service – Tasmania

The resume review service will be an ongoing PD activity this year in Tasmania. If you’re new to this service, this is an opportunity for you to have a Library and Information industry professional review and provide feedback on your resume. This service is FREE and will assist and prepare you to:

  • Gain your first employment in the library/information sector
  • Plan your next career move or promotion
  • Find ways to demonstrate your skills to potential employers
 (Please note: All library/information sector folks are welcome to use this service, not just new grads!)
 Here’s what you do to get your resume reviewed:
1.      Ensure that your resume is clearly laid out, up-to-date and free of spelling and grammatical errors.

2.     Submit your resume (in a Word doc so that the reviewers can add comments) via email to me ( the  last Friday of each month, ie:

  • 29 March 2013
  • 26 April 2013
  • 31 May 2013
  • 28 June 2013
  • 26 July 2013
I will then notify you of your designated reviewer who will contact you and will provide you with valuable feedback. Good luck and get working on those resumes!
Please note: Depending on the numbers, this service will cease after July, so please make sure you get your resume in quickly for that new or next job!

Hobart: Library tour of the Hutchins School

Want to see a top school library and more?! Well here’s you chance to visit one of the best school libraries in Tasmania.

The Hutchins School has 3 libraries that cater for the information needs of the school’s teaching and learning programs:

  • Nettlefold Library
  • Stephens Library
  • Early Learning Centre Library

Your visit will also include a guided tour of the Hutchins Archives & Heritage Collection (Museum & Archives).

Here are the details:

  • Where: Hutchins School, Nelson Road Sandy Bay, (Meet and register at the main office. Available parking on Nelson’s Rd or Churchill Ave)
  • Time: 3.15pm for a 3.30pm start, finishing at 4.30pm
  • Date: Friday, 12th October 2012
  • Cost: FREE (Light refreshments provided)
  • RSVP: to by Wed 10th October 2012 (Please note that we would need a minimum of 6 people to make this event happen)
There will be a chance to network and socialise after the tour at the Wrest Point Casino (3 minute drive from the school). Looking forward to seeing you there and then!