Could you be our next National Secretary?

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is looking for a new National Secretary!

  • 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?
  • Do you have great communication skills or want to improve on them?

Then becoming our National Secretary is right up your alley!

The ALIA Student and New Graduates Group supports and connects students and new information management professionals. We aim to foster a supportive community that promotes the interests of the people who are the future of our industry.

The ALIA SNGG National Secretary is part of our Executive team. They play a crucial role providing administration support for our Conveners and ensuring the smooth running of our national team. This is a vital role that enables SNGG to continue to provide support to students and new graduates across Australia via our online channels, Resume Review Service, and our face-to face events.

As our ALIA SNGG National Secretary, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • Develop your administration and communication skills
  • Have the opportunity to create and/or be part of planning online events and activities i.e. 12 Days of GLAMR. 
  • 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 alianewgraduatesgroup@gmail.com and let us know why you are interested.

Closing date: Monday, 20 January 2020.

We look forward to getting an hearing from you!

Introducing GLAMRmatch – A Co-Lab Initiative

Based on the principles of reciprocity and knowledge-sharing, the WA chapters of ALIA Students and New Graduates Group,
Australian Society of Archivists, and Curtin University Information Studies Group (CURTIS) are piloting a one-on-one networking experience.

Are you:
● An established GLAMR practitioner?
Or
● A GLAMR student, recent graduate, early career professionals, or practitioner that is
considering changing career streams?

And, are you willing to share your knowledge about your workplace, professional experiences,
or education and/or interested in learning about the workplace practices of another GLAMR
stream?
Our aim is to create a connection between two people, one that provides an opportunity for both
to learn a little bit about the other person’s current work or recent studies.
The concept is simple:
● 1 hour meet-up with no ongoing commitment for either party
● Established practitioners to provide a guided tour of their GLAMR facility
● Visiting GLAMR student/professionals to share recent learnings, motivations or sectoral
experiences

Express your interest in taking part in the pilot now by filling out the below survey: https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2t1gDBV82ODIMJ

if you have any questions, please contact: aliawasngg@gmail.com

Many thanks,
Havva Teede, on behalf of the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group.

ALIA Board elections 2016: Lyndall Osborne

NGAC is delighted to have been able to ask questions of the candidates for this year’s ALIA board elections. Our questions were focused on issues specifically related to students and new graduates. Each candidate’s responses will be posted separately. There are a number of candidates this year and we’ve received a fabulous response so far.  

Many thanks to all candidates for taking the time to answer our questions. 

Today’s responses come from Lyndall Osborne.

1. What do you think of the state of the profession for new graduates? If they are finding it difficult to find their first job what advice would you give them?

I actually think in Australia librarianship is a dynamic and exciting profession with lots of opportunity for new graduates. Australian libraries of all types are embracing the challenges of new technologies,  new roles, new collaborative opportunities and new ways of engaging with community.  Librarians have awesome skills that can be applied in all sorts of non-traditional roles.  New librarians can find themselves in the traditional catch-22 of needing experience and not having the means to get experience.  I would advise taking every opportunity to talk to working librarians, to network, and even to intern or undertake other short periods of work if possible. Be involved in social media. Consider the unusual, ask for opportunities, you never know where it might lead and it will all broaden your horizons and add to your resume.

2. How can ALIA help students and new graduates? For those in hiring positions what are the benefits of hiring new graduate LIS professionals?

ALIA professional development programs are really important, especially courses that are free and can be undertaken online so that learning can continue. So are the ways ALIA helps showcase employment opportunities.  Perhaps it could also help advertise intern and volunteer positions.  For those hiring new graduates there are advantages: enthusiasm, new ideas, the latest knowledge, the ability to help someone start their career.

3. What are the essential skills librarians and information professionals need in order to be relevant both today and going into the future? What could ALIA do to promote librarians as information professionals and service providers with skills relevant to a wider range of industries?

Technology is key, everything from coding to data visualisation to super searching. So is understanding ways of engaging with (at times collaborating with)  and understanding your community, whether that community is students, researchers, workers in a hospital or other industry, or the general public served through a public library.Flexibility, adaptability, the ability to be resilient in times of continuous change, to be able to innovate and be creative.

ALIA can and should be involved in a wide range of industry forums and conferences, consider providing speakers, have a stand in the trade show at a variety of forums, not just library and closely related conferences.

4. What have been the benefits of undertaking professional development in your career? Why should the Professional Development program be compulsory for all ALIA members?

Learning is always valuable, in fact essential. I have learned much over my career by working in a wide variety of libraries: public, university, special, research. Each type of library, and each difference position has taught me new skills and new ways of applying and developing my professional knowledge. Learning keeps you change ready and that is essential to have a long-term career.

5. What would you like to see the ALIA board achieve?

To continue to improve the profile of the profession, to develop valuable and valued information professionals, to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people into the profession so that they can care for their own cultural knowledge and archives, and to be a relevant professional body to workers in libraries and information organisations.


We encourage all eligible members to consider these responses as they make their decisions to vote in the election. Voting is underway in the 2016 ALIA Board of Directors election and will close on Friday 8 April 2016.

More information about the process and this year’s candidates can be found at the ALIA website.

Alisa Howlett, Chair ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

ALIA Board elections 2016: Penny Davies

NGAC is delighted to have been able to ask questions of the candidates for this year’s ALIA board elections. Our questions were focused on issues specifically related to students and new graduates. Each candidate’s responses will be posted separately. There are a number of candidates this year and we’ve received a fabulous response so far.  

Many thanks to all candidates for taking the time to answer our questions. 

Today’s responses come from Penny Davies.

1. What do you think of the state of the profession for new graduates? If they are finding it difficult to find their first job what advice would you give them?

The LIS profession is at a time of burgeoning significant change. The myriad developments on the world stage including technology, our understanding of operating in non-traditional forums, vision to develop and deliver new outcomes etc all place the profession in an exciting space.

Added to this, generational change is already being seen but will flourish over the next years as many existing LIS professionals retire. As this age group represents a large proportion of the industry which is magnified at the managerial and leadership level this anticipated exit will open opportunities for many, both existing and new graduates entering the profession.

This is a vibrantly exciting time ripe with opportunity for individuals and the profession as a whole.

For new Graduates finding it difficult to find their first job I would encourage them to seek out someone in the industry they trust and admire. A good mentor can be a lifelong relationship and establishing someone early can greatly assist new grads in developing their careers. Ask this mentor to assist you in the process of preparing job applications and your CV. They may well be able to take you through a mock interview scenario. Any confidence that a young grad can develop will greatly assist in the process. If you don’t have a pre-existing relationship head down to the local library and introduce yourself.

Passion and a preparedness to learn about the organisation you want to work for are critical. It may be necessary, even desirable, to think outside the proverbial box when applying for jobs. Whilst it is desirable to have a career goal sometimes it is necessary to seize an unusual opportunity to open doors.

2. How can ALIA help students and new graduates? For those in hiring positions what are the benefits of hiring new graduate LIS professionals?

ALIA holds an important role in advocating for all in the industry including new grads. The professional development structure and ALIA weekly are very useful tools to be informed and abreast of change, opportunity and best practice.
The benefit of hiring new graduates include freshness, enthusiasm and passion coupled with up to date training giving the new grad an edge that is often only seen at that point of freshness. Coupling that with the experience existing within an organisation can deliver exciting, creative and innovative outcomes.

3. What are the essential skills librarians and information professionals need in order to be relevant both today and going into the future? What could ALIA do to promote librarians as information professionals and service providers with skills relevant to a wider range of industries?

The contemporary LIS professional must be engaged, adaptive, innovative and flexible. A commitment to ongoing professional development is a must in order to stay current, fresh and relevant in a fast changing world. A commitment to the role and a spirit of service are fundamental. As LIS professionals in many ways we hold enormous power. Bringing people and resources/information together through our expertise is highly satisfying and rewarding.

Just as it is incumbent for all LIS professionals to stay abreast of industry trends so it is true for professionals and ALIA as an organisation to also keep a watching brief on changes and developments in other industries. Important lessons can often be learned and extrapolated as well as creating opportunities to forge relationships and to advocate for the standing of the profession at all times with all parties.

4. What have been the benefits of undertaking professional development in your career? Why should the Professional Development program be compulsory for all ALIA members?

Professional development is critical to staying informed, vibrant and relevant. Whether through formal learning opportunities or informal such as professional reading it is critical to be constantly learning, absorbing and growing to ensure that we are providing the best quality service at all times.

I would like to think that all practitioners would see the need and be committed to pursuing excellence in their profession which includes formal and informal learning. The LIS profession is not a stagnant field. Whilst the technological changes are evident to all, it is equally important to be abreast of changing community expectations, modes of learning and engaging and seeking and sourcing information. Ongoing professional development is a prerequisite to providing cutting edge, innovative, resourceful, relevant services.

5. What would you like to see the ALIA board achieve?

I have a particular commitment to ensuring the profession is as energetic, relevant and vibrant as it can possibly be. I would relish the opportunity to work as part of the board ensuring that the profession continues to be respected and valued and that in many instances it realises a new understanding and value in the eye of government, school principals, councils, business and the many others who employee LIS professionals and through controlling budgets and policy direction have an enormous say in influencing the climate in which the profession works. I wish to see the profession valued by those outside the profession and for those within it to have a firm commitment to excellence and pride in themselves and their colleagues.


We encourage all eligible members to consider these responses as they make their decisions to vote in the election. Voting is underway in the 2016 ALIA Board of Directors election and will close on Friday 8 April 2016.

More information about the process and this year’s candidates can be found at the ALIA website.

Alisa Howlett, Chair ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

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!

Details:

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

BOOK YOUR FREE SPOT TODAY: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/alia-new-grads-students-interview-seminar-tickets-19005191038 

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