Join the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group blog team!

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is searching for people to join our blog team!

We are looking for enthusiastic people with advanced social media skills and a passion for connecting with fellow students and new graduates. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and to strengthen your professional network.


As part of the blog team, you will be responsible for:

  • Engaging with current discussions relevant to GLAMR professions and reflecting on those in blog posts
  • Creating monthly professional profiles representing the various facets of GLAMR
  • Promoting the group’s regional events
  • Monitor and respond to comments from our readers
  • Collaborate with our other social media channels

Please note that this is a volunteer position. If you are interested in applying please send an email to We will send you more information and a detailed description of the role.


Closing date: Saturday, 15 July.

To be or not to be a mentee? That is the question.

By James Wilson


To give jimmyyou a bit about my background, I have been part of two mentoring programs; one run by the University of South Australia (UniSA) and the other run by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).  Like the ALIA mentoring scheme, these also ran for a year and I went through them back to back. I found out about the mentoring schemes through an email I received from AHRI and UniSA and decide to investigate further.

I undertook the first program with AHRI because I was unsure of my career direction. I was studying at the time and coming close to the end of my undergraduate degree and felt that I didn’t have the skillset to assess where my career was heading and needed some guidance. I commenced the second program as I was about to be made redundant from a position and wanted to talk through different ways to market myself. Both times I was paired with incredible people who were willing to give up their time to help me.

At first, I found the idea of being a Mentee a daunting prospect. I was worried about a lot of things (mainly my own inadequacies) but primarily I didn’t want to embarrass myself. I guess I thought that my issues might not be deserving of having a Mentor assist with them and that I would be wasting their time. That however, was not the case because mentoring is not just one-way.

As a Mentee, you are applying to be part of the scheme but so are the Mentors.  They are there because they want to be not because they have been forced. That is an extremely strong part of mentoring schemes in that both parties are willing to share and learn. It is also important to note that I believe that there is not a point in your career where you cannot be a Mentee. Continuously developing our skills, is such a huge part of professional development and mentoring schemes are one element of that.

At the beginning of the mentor program we set out our expectations which assisted to formalise the process and give each meeting direction.  My sessions focused around career development and how I could market myself differently through my resume, online profile and networking. What I found incredibly useful was that it gave me someone I could sound ideas off. I loved that both of my Mentors were also Mentees during the period that they were mentoring me (the Inception of mentoring schemes).

My first mentor, in his career, provided guidance and assistance to CEOs of very large organisations. When he mentioned that to me in one of our first meetings it made me feel a lot better about myself and about the mentoring process because it again strengthened that there will be times in our career where we will need help for different reasons regardless of whether you’re a CEO or just starting out your career. When speaking with other Mentees about why they joined the scheme I also found this to be the case. There were people needing guidance through projects they were working on and others that were trying to fill a gap in their skill sets.

So, to the question at hand ‘To be or not to be a Mentee?’ To me the decision was simple. I needed guidance to get me where I wanted to be; to where I am now. I said ‘Yes’ to becoming a Mentee and one day I will say ‘Yes’ to becoming a Mentor, but for now I’ll practice on skulls.

To find out more about the ALIA mentoring scheme click here, applications close Friday 23rd June 2017.

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 by 30th May.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Meet at the Movies

Movie event

We invite all interested library/records/archive/info-included folk to join ACT Student and Newgrad Group for lunch and a movie!

We’ll be starting the afternoon in (cultural) style with lunch at Dumpling House in the CBD, then heading to Dendy Cinema. Come along for the whole afternoon, or whichever part tickles your fancy. Bring your friends or come solo (we’re all super friendly!).

For all of the details, and to RSVP, click here.

We hope to see many of the wonderful friendly faces that we’ve seen at our events so far this year.

Cindy Nguyen & Chris Sonneveld
ALIA Students and New Graduates Group (ACT) Coordinators

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