Introducing CATS of APLIC

Cats of APLICIf you’re active on Twitter you might be wondering exactly what #CATSofAPLIC is all about.

We understand it can be hard to network at the best of times and even harder as a conference newbie! Often you’re attending conference alone, you’re in a new city, or even in a different country – we want to make it easier for you to connect with like-minded people.

So, after some thought, we came up with “CATS” – Connect Achieve Together Socially to help bring people together online and in-person.

What are we doing?

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group are creating a fun way to engage with each other at APLIC. We thought this would be a good way to build professional and social networks and make the conference experience less intimidating.

catsALIA SNGG national co-convenors Maddy Medlycott and Annette Messell will be at APLIC to facilitate a tweet-up discussion every afternoon at the conference. Questions will be posted throughout the day for you to think about, ready to tweet-up a storm at afternoon tea.

We will also have daily activities for you to participate in to make connections with other people.

How can you participate?

  • Get on Twitter and follow @ALIAnewgrads for regular updates about student and new graduate events in Australia.Cat
  • Follow the hashtags #APLIC18 and #CATSofAPLIC to keep up with all the clowder goss. Questions for each afternoon’s tweetup will be posted throughout the morning. Make sure to check them out so you are all ready for the tweetup in the afternoon #beprepared
  • To participate during the afternoon tweetups, have a read of State Library of Queensland’s blog post, How to partake in a live Twitter chat. This will tell you what you need to do to participate. ***Important note for all cats*** Don’t forget to use #CATSofAPLIC in every response, even if it is a retweet. We want all our cats meows to be heard!

But I can’t make it to APLIC….

You can still join the conversation by following the above hashtags. Tweet your questions, reach out to people online, and make some new connections.

Finally…Cat 2

We have a pre-APLIC meetup! If you’re at the Gold Coast early come and meet us for some frivolous fun at Pacific Fair iPlay. Find out all the fun details on our Facebook page.

See you soon!


New Librarians’ Symposium 2013

Sunday 10 & Monday 11 February 2013

Information Online 2013
Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 February 2013

Be different. Do different.

A different partnership

In 2012, NLS6 will be aligned with ALIA’s Information Online conference to bring you an action-packed week of professional development in Brisbane.

A different approach

We know NLS is an important event on the new graduate professional development calendar. Over the past few months, ALIA has undertaken extensive consultation with ALIA members, groups, the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee and the Information Online Program Committee. ALIA and the Board of Directors understand the needs of NLS delegates: NLS6 needs to be an affordable event with a strong focus on a high quality program.

A different model

With this in mind, the Board have endorsed a new model for NLS6. The 2013 Symposium will be organised by a committee of volunteers with support from ALIA National Office staff. Kate Davis of Queensland University of Technology has been appointed co-chair of the Organising Committee and she will be joined in the chairing role by Vanessa Warren of Macquarie University and current Chair of the New Generation Advisory Committee.

NLS6 will be an event in its own right – not a satellite of Information Online 2013 – but aligning the two events will allow them to complement each other in many ways. NLS6 delegates will be provided with free admission to the trade and exhibitions space at Online on Tuesday 12 February and have a unique opportunity to capitalise on the proximity of the two events to attend both with reduced travel costs.

Help us ‘do different’!

If you’re interested in finding out how you can help with organising NLS6, Vanessa and Kate invite you to attend an online information session next Thursday 8 March at 6pm AEST (Brisbane – please convert for other regions). This session will be recorded for those who are interested in getting involved but unable to attend at this time. A call for expressions of interest in joining the Organising Committee will be announced at this online session. Please RSVP to

If you have any questions regarding NLS6 or Information Online 2013, please contact Christina Granata, ALIA’s Events Manager at Watch out for updates on, and

Kate Davis and Vanessa Warren

NLS6 Co-chairs

Library Camp Australia 2012, Melbourne: 10th Feb 2012

Registrations are now open for Library Camp Australia

What is Library Camp?
Library Camp is an excellent free professional development opportunity; an unconference for anyone who works in, researches, uses or is interested in libraries. Attendees from a range of backgrounds, library types and experience levels are welcome.
Unconference session topics are decided on the day by everyone. Library Camp provides the opportunity to be an active participant in discussions and for participants to be challenged and stimulated. There is no audience – unconferences are interactive!

Nervous about participating? Don’t worry, no one will force you to do PowerPoint karaoke, but we will all be supportive if you do! Your contribution is valued whether you are contributing to discussion, chairing a session or cleaning up at the end of the day.

Where is Library Camp?

University of Melbourne has kindly offered to host Library Camp, it will be held at the Parkville Campus and is easily accessible by public transport, but parking will be available (more details on the Library Camp website).

When is Library Camp?
Friday 10 February 2012, from 9:30 to 4:30.
We have timed LibraryCamp Australia to be directly after the VALA2012 Conference in order to attract interstate and international guests but also so that people who are unable to attend VALA can gain the benefit of networking and collaborating with VALA delegates and feed off that conference buzz.

How much will it cost?

Thanks to our generous sponsors Library Camp is a free event!
The event will be catered so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when registering.

More information and registration at
Follow us on twitter at @LibCampOz and tweet about us using #libcampoz12

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th of February,

Library Camp Australia Unorganisers


Mel Chivers
National Convener
ALIA New Graduates Group

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.

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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