Secret Santa: Australia wide event!

You are invited to participate the an annual library twitter Secret Santa!

#SecretSanta is open to all library folks Australia-wide!

Whether you are a twitter fanatic or have yet to set up an account this is the perfect opportunity to have some fun and develop your PLN on Twitter!

For more details and how to register visit:

Get involved and have some fun while connecting with library around Australia!

We are on twitter, follow us @ALIANewGrads


Christmas Drinks with ALIA New Graduates Group SA and SALIN

You are invited to…

‘Deck the halls with bows & frivolity’



Join SALIN & ALIA New Graduates Group SA for Christmas drinks & celebrate the end of 2011

When: 6pm, Wednesday 7th December

Where: Hotel Richmond, upstairs, 128 Rundle Mall

Details: Drinks & food can be purchased at the Bar.

Theme: Bows. Bust out your bowties, hair bows, Christmas bows or use your imagination…

All attendees will be entered into the prize draw to win a $50 gift voucher

RSVP to Amy Broad,

or just turn up on the night

We’ll see you there!

Program launched – NLS5 Encore in Brisbane

ALIA New Graduates Group (QLD) and QUT Information Studies Group are very excited to announce the program for the upcoming NLS5 Encore.

The program includes four NLS5 presenters, two workshops and presentations
from those who attended the 5th New Librarians’ Symposium, held in Perth in
September. NLS5 Encore aims to energise and encourage new (and not so new) information
professionals by providing a taste of the excitement and buzz generated at NLS5.

When: Saturday 19th November, 10am – 2.30pm (Registration from 9.45am and
drinks will follow the conclusion of the program)
Where: QUT S Block, 12th Floor OJW Room
RSVP to Kelly Johnson –
Cost: ALIA members $15, non-ALIA members $20
Lunch will be provided.

All welcome who wish to either revisit their NLS5 experience or grab a peek
at what they wanted to see from the NLS5 program.

Don’t forget New Grads you can win free registration to NLS5 Encore!!!
– Sponsored by QUT Information Studies Group.

For more information about the event and program, check out the website.

GUEST POST! The forgotten demographic: Catering towards the LGBTQ community in your library, by Suzie Day

Not long ago, I asked a room full of about 30 queer youth, most in their early twenties, to raise their hand if they were bullied at school. Almost everyone did.I then asked those who had been bullied if they had taken refuge in their school library. About 75% of the room raised their hand.

If 10% of your library’s user demographic were from a non-English speaking background, you would tailor your services to that demographic, by having books in other languages, English as a second language resources and classes, and employing staff which can speak a range of secondary languages.

The LGBTQ Community is no different. Research shows that approximately 9-11% of people are not exclusively heterosexual (as determined by La Trobe’s 3rd National Survey into Secondary Students and Sexual Health, 2002). However, as this demographic isn’t something that can collected from local census information, or from your annual user survey, it is often forgotten when revising collection management policies, or youth services.

There are a number of ways a school or public library can address this:

Collection management: Make sure you have titles in your collection that are LGBTQ inclusive. This includes adult, YA, and junior areas. There is a huge array of picture books which are ‘family friendly’, and are more than suitable to place in your Junior Kindergarten section. A simple Google search can provide you with many book lists.

• Most public libraries have a number of posters decorating the walls. Make sure you have some that are inclusive. The Freedom Centre in WA can provide you with some fantastic ones that state “This is a safe space in which everyone is welcomed and respected”. Perfect for your YA section.

Inclusive StoryTime! Try including some LGBTQ friendly picture books every once in a while. Many parents will thank you for explaining to their kids why their Uncle Frank and Uncle Bill live together. Not to mention the fact that LGBTQ parents will be thrilled, and will quite possibly spread the word within your local Community that your StoryTime is awesome.

Spine labels: it may seem simple, but having an inverted pink triangle, or a small rainbow sticker as a genre label can do a lot. To people who have an interest in LGBTQ literature, this is a flashing neon sign. To everyone else, it is just another book. For LGBTQ youth who may be still in the closet, or live in a country area, you are showing them the way to connect with the wider Community, and proving to the most lonely, frightened teenager that they are not alone.

Pride is commonly referred to as Gay Christmas. Most major cities will set aside three or four weeks of the year for events, lectures, Fair Day and celebrations, cumulating in the epic Pride Parade. So why should your library miss out on the fun? Set up a display, host an LGBTQ themed movie night,invite queer authors in for books talks, or have a special Pride-themed StoryTime. Do anything you like for Pride, so long as you have fun!

No matter what you choose to do, by making sure your library is LGBTQ inclusive, you are making a positive difference to your community. If you want to find out more, join the ALIA LGBTQ e-list ( You do not need to identify as LGBTQ, or even be an ALIA member to join.

Visit Suzie Day’s blog at:

Conference postcards : a conference feedback session with ALIA New Graduates Group SA

Take a trip with ALIA New Graduates Group SA:

Conference postcards
A conference feedback session

Your passport to New Orleans, China & Sydney!

Hear from our four jet setting librarians:

Pixie Stardust (UniSA) winner of the Margaret McKinley Scholarship Essay Competition will reveal her experiences attending the 2011 ASIS&T conference in New Orleans.

Helen Attar & Qing Liang (University of Adelaide) will share their experiences attending the 2011 International Seminar on Chinese Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries in Beijing.

Brenna Cook (SLSA) will delve into the world of archives with ‘Archiving the Iconic’ the Australian Society of Archivists Symposium held in Sydney.

When? Monday 7th of November, 6pm for 6.15pm start.
One hour conference feedback session.
Followed by networking drinks & nibbles.

Where? Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Cost $5 ALIA members, $7 non ALIA members.

RSVP By Friday 4th of November to Yasmine Shaheem,

Participation certificate available on request. Attendance to session = 1 PD point.
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Photograph by: Flickr user atsuke,