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.

NGAC NLS8 Bursary Competition: an update

Last week, the New Generation Advisory Committee launched its New Librarians Symposium bursary competition. Tweets were posted, an email was sent to ALIA members. Almost immediately, we received feedback on one aspect – the age range.

We are a volunteer committee and while we are passionate about new and early career information professionals’ issues, we also rely on our community to reach out to us with feedback and to let us know what is affecting them and their experience with establishing themselves in the library and information profession. To those who gave feedback, we thank you.

Prior to launching the bursary competition, we were in two minds about the age range. But we didn’t question the direction because the purpose of the age range was to have those still working in the profession in 20 years time reflect on what was envisioned or foretold in this year, when ALIA’s time capsule would be opened in 2037. We also knew that this bursary competition wouldn’t be the only ‘time capsule’ or 80th anniversary celebration activity ALIA had planned.

Following feedback on the bursary competition, NGAC members had one of our many discussions we have about new and early career library and information professionals’ issues and concerns. Being a committee from different sectors and bringing in our own individual perspectives and experiences, our discussions result in various points and angles being considered. This is reflected in the hard work NGAC puts in to develop and provide engagement opportunities to new and early career information professionals. And we aim to make these opportunities as inclusive and accessible as possible to our community. #auslibchat is a fabulous example of this.

What we didn’t make clear when we first announced the bursary was that this competition won’t be the only way to contribute to ALIA’s 80th birthday celebrations. We regret any confusion we caused about this. Details about further activities this year, and how all members of ALIA can contribute to the planned time capsule, will be released soon. So stay tuned!

If you’re a new or early career information professional (graduated within last seven years) and would love to attend an amazing conference just for you, we look forward to seeing your entries for our bursary competition.

Alisa Howlett

Chairperson, and on behalf of the New Generation Advisory Committee

5 reasons to apply for ALIA NGAC now!

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) is currently looking for two new members. Being a member of NGAC is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the LIS profession in Australia and your professional development.

Thank you to those who have already submitted expressions of interest. To those who are yet to decide, this post’s for you.

Expressions of interest are due this Friday, 4 March COB.

Be a part of a conversation in making difference to new information professionals’ experience.

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee is your direct link to the ALIA Board. Through our engagement with the professional community, online and face-to-face, we have our eyes and ears out for issues, trends and concerns related to new library and information professionals. We help raise and advise on these with the Association towards better services and initiatives, and in turn, strengthen the future of our profession.

Earn PD points towards becoming a ALIA Certified Practitioner.

Did you know you can earn up to 15 PD points per year as an NGAC member? Fast track your path to becoming a certified practitioner and gain valuable experience in shaping ALIA services and responses to new library and information professional issues. You will develop a better understanding of the profession, its pressures, influences and trends, and make connections between the bigger picture and your every day working context.

Grow your personal learning network and collaborate with some fabulous people from around Australia (if I may say so myself).

As a team, we are a vibrant lot who share a vision in developing opportunities for new library and information professionals to engage with ALIA and the wider profession. We come from a variety of backgrounds and working contexts and we share our experiences, skills and knowledge. Together, we can achieve some pretty awesome things this year.

Develop your skill set. Learn teamwork, organisational and project management skills.

The work NGAC does requires us to be open to others’ ideas and work collaboratively in a mostly online environment. We need to develop technological skills, both to engage with new library and information professionals in social media channels as well as the tools which help us work, like Google Drive, Skype, etc. We need to keep on top of our various projects and initiatives. Co-ordinating tasks and communicating well between each other is so important to achieving outcomes.

Bring out your awesome.

Being a part of ALIA NGAC is an opportunity to bring out the skills, special talents and knowledge you might not have a chance to use or develop in your current work. Step out of the every day and bring out your awesomeness by contributing to the profession. Being a part of ALIA NGAC fuels passion for this profession, as well as provides an avenue to express it and put it to work. This might be the professional development opportunity you’re looking for.


If you have any questions about the ALIA NGAC positions, I’d like to suggest you read the FAQs post first, then have a look at the position description and selection criteria. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (acrystelle@gmail.com) with the subject line NGAC Inquiry.

But you only have 4 days left! So get that expression of interest submitted now!

Oh, and did I mention expressions of interest are due this Friday, 4 March COB?

🙂

Alisa Howlett – Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

ALIA NGAC positions: your questions answered

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee is currently looking for two new members. Being a member of NGAC is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the LIS profession in Australia and your professional development.

Since launching our recruitment last month, I’ve received a few queries and thought I’d share my answers here.

What does the New Generation Advisory Committee do?

“NGAC exists to help strengthen the participation of recently graduated library and information professionals in the Association. The Committee provides advice to the ALIA Board of Directors on issues of relevance to students and new professionals. The Committee works to provide information to the Board and National Office staff to inform development and delivery of services for new professional and student members, with the aim of ensuring the Association’s relevance to these groups.” – ALIA NGAC Manual

Plainly speaking, I personally believe there are two main roles of NGAC – connector and facilitator. As a connector, NGAC is your direct link to the ALIA Board. Through our engagement with the professional community, online and face-to-face, we have our eyes and ears out for issues, trends and concerns related to new library and information professionals. We help raise and advise on these with the Association towards better services and initiatives, and in turn, strengthen the future of our profession.

As a profession, we need to be responsive to the constantly changing environment around us. And to do that, we need to talk to each other and share our experiences. So as a facilitator, NGAC contributes to keeping the conversation going. Not just with new library and information professional issues, but we also encourage conversation among our community and network about broader industry issues and trends. You may have participated in our recent #auslibchat!

What’s the difference between NGAC and the Students & New Graduates Group?

Having now been involved with both the Student and New Graduates Group and NGAC, I can say they are different experiences. NGAC has a strategic advisory role within the Association, looking at new library and information professional issues across the country, while Students and New Graduates Group are ‘on the ground’, actively providing opportunities for networking and professional development opportunities at a local level. So with these bases covered, NGAC and the Students and New Graduates Group are well positioned to work together in achieving a common objective – increase student and new graduate participation and engagement with the profession.

Do I need to be a librarian?

No, you don’t. In fact, we have committee members from a variety of information sectors. We’re keen to hear different perspectives, for example, archives, information and records management, museums, academic, government, corporate, etc.

And…what about GLAM connections?

There are certainly opportunities here to further build our relationships with similar groups in Australia, and abroad. We need to identify those opportunities and explore where we can potentially work together.

Do I need to include references in my resume?

Selection is based on the skills and experience you bring (as demonstrated on your resume) and your response to the criteria.

If you wish to consider applying for an NGAC position (and please do!), I strongly recommend having a look at the position description and selection criteria and if this seems like the opportunity your looking for in contributing to the profession, then get started on your application!

Expressions of interest are due Friday, 4 March COB.

If you have any questions about being an NGAC member please don’t hesitate to contact me (acrystelle@gmail.com) with the subject line NGAC Inquiry.

Alisa Howlett – Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

 

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).

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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:

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P.S. Barry the Libearian loved it!

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