Interview Skills Seminar

The Victorian ALIA Students and New Graduates Interview Skills Seminar is fast approaching and we’d love to see you there!

You’ll get the opportunity to brush up on your interview techniques, and learn heaps of tips and trips to make you super prepared for your next big interview.

We’ll have a panel of industry professionals ready to impart their wisdom and you’ll get the opportunity to ask them all those questions you’ve been saving for this very event!


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

RMIT University – Swanston Academic Building

445 Swanston Street, Building #80 Level 3 Room 015

Melbourne VIC


P.S. Get thinking of those great questions to bring to our panelinterview

KSC Seminar Wrap Up

Well the Key Selection Criteria Seminar has been and gone and what a success it was! We had a lovely group of students and new grads turn up to hear from our wonderful presenters: Hero Macdonald, Sarah Jansen and Janet Salvatore. They were all full of advice and answered our many questions (I’m sure the questions could have gone on for ever if we didn’t have to finish).


So what was some of the standout advice?:

  • Make your resume and KSC documents beautiful (we’re not talking flowers and sparkles, but a neat, clean design with lots of white space should do the trick)
  • An oldie but a goodie: PROOFREAD (proofread it yourself, and rope others into proofreading if for you)
  • Be succinct
  • Find the ‘buzzwords’ from the position description and incorporate them into your answers to the KSC
  • Answer the KSC with STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) and you’ll be a star (you could also use one of the many other acronyms floating around). NOTE: all three presenters mentioned this one so it must be particularly awesome

There was so much more great advice I could go on forever…but instead I suggest you check out their presentation slides!

Click the link for the presentations:




P.S. Barry the Libearian loved it!


P.P.S. Stay tuned for information on our follow-up Interview Skills Seminar!

Calling all trivia-buffs in Queensland!

Tickets are now available for the annual ALIA QLD Library and Information Week trivia night. This is a great opportunity to mingle with some of your fellow students and new grads but also spend some time with people working in the industry  – I know someone who secured a placement out of it last year!

Where and When?

LOCATION CHANGE:  Queensland Cricketers Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane.

Monday 25th May 2015
Trivia starts at 6:30pm but the doors will be open from 5:30pm for dinner and drinks.

How do I sign up?

  1. You need to register and pay online
  2. Our team name is ALIA Students and New Graduates make sure to type this in exactly as it is written.
  3. Send us an email confirming you have paid so we know how many to expect:


  •        $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

Side note: Eight persons per team is the ideal number – but if we go over this we will have two chances at taking out the prize! If you have any questions or concerns please send us an email and we will sort you out.
Hope to see you there!

Annette & Erica

Vic event: Melbourne Makerspace workshop

Come visit Connected Community Hackerspace in Hawthorn with your fellow LIS students and new graduates!

Our fellow ALIA New Grad member Jennifer Strover is taking us on the tour. It’s a great chance to find out how a makerspace works, who’s involved and what people are creating (and get yourself educated for the future robot wars…..) 

Makerspaces are increasingly a hot topic for Australian public libraries, so this is the perfect time to find out what they are all about. Not sure what a makerspace is? Check out this quick intro from our friends in the USA! 

When: Tuesday 28th April, 2015 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Connected Community HackerSpace CCHS, 5 Kent Lane, Hawthorn 3122
(google maps directions available)

It’s a small space for only 10 people: get in early! Book now via eventbrite! 


ALIA New Grads Sunday Funday 3rd of May 2015 – NSW

There’s nothing more fun on a Sunday than… a library!

The State Library of NSW is running an exhibition called “Pulp Confidential: Quick & dirty publishing from the 40s & 50s“.

Meet fellow new grads and students as we tour the saucy-sounding exhibition, then join us for a self-catered picnic in the nearby Botanic Gardens, weather permitting.

Time: 10am

Place: Macquarie Street Sydney; meet at the glass revolving doors

Cost: Cheap! Free entry to the exhibition, BYO picnic and train fares are $2.50 on Sundays.

No need to RSVP, just feel free to join us on the day. We will wave an ALIA sign of some description!

Hope to see you there!

NSW Co-ordinators Melissa & Melissa (yes, really).