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

Reflection on ALIA #National16 Conference Wrap Up, Canberra

Thanks to our regional coordinators ALIA SNGG (Student and New Graduate Group) will be republishing stories and reflections of ALIA SNGG events hosted around Australia. We hope that you enjoy these, and we also encourage you to visit the individual blogs of our regional coordinators as they have some useful insights to share.

Today’s reflection is from Jade Koekoe, ALIA SNGG regional coordinator in ACT.

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Are you coming to ALIA Access? Roll Call!

Conferences are a great place for networking, but it can all be a little daunting if you’re new on the “scene”, especially as a new graduate.

So, here’s a chance for you to let everybody else know that you’re coming, and give them an excuse to come and find you and say “hi” at some point during the conference.

Also, don’t forget that there will be New Graduate drinks on Wednesday 1st of September, at 6:30pm (after the Welcome Reception). We’ll be gathering at the Plough Inn, which is only a short walk from the Convention Centre on South Bank. If you can, please RSVP here.

If you’re coming along to ALIA Access, leave a comment below, letting us know who you are, where you work, and what you hope to get out of attending ALIA Access!


I’m Andrew Finegan. I’m the convenor of the ALIA New Graduates Group, and I currently manage a school library at Princes Hill Secondary College, a government school in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. I hope to do lots of networking, and meet plenty of new faces, with whom I can form future professional collaborations with, as well as catch up with a lot of familiar faces from Australian Libraryland.

Your turn! 🙂

ALIA Access 2010 New Grad Resume Reviews

As part of the ‘What Next! Practical Information to Enhance the Career of New Graduates’ stream, recent library graduates and students can have their resume reviewed at no cost.

Reviews will be held on Thursday 2 September, during the morning and afternoon sessions of the conference.

* You have registered to attend the ALIA Access 2010 Conference
* You are a recent library graduate (last 5 years) or currently studying for your qualifications
* You can provide a copy of your resume before the event

Contact: to register your interest. Please attach a copy of your resume and indicate if you prefer a morning or afternoon session

Apply ASAP, spots are limited