ReImagine Recap: ALIA QLD’s Mini Conference

Photo by ALIAQLD

ALIA Queensland held their mini -conference, ReImagine, last week on the 2nd of November at the State Library of Queensland’s creative space, The Edge.

A jam-packed day of presentations, workshops, and lightning rounds featured keynote presentations, Reimagining Library Spaces from Kevin Hennah (Library Consultant & Speaker), and Thinking Strategically from Dr. Danny Kingsley (Director of Library Services, University of the Sunshine Coast). Dr.Kingsley’s presentation was streamed live and is still available to watch via ALIA QLD Facebook.

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year and ALIA Awards were presented during the mini-conference, so make sure to check out all of the videos on the ALIA Queensland Facebook page. You can also explore posts on Twitter from the mini-conference under #ALIAMiniCon22

#ALIAMiniCon22 #ALIAQLD #ProfessionalDevelopment


ALIAQLD. (2022,4 October). ALIA QLD mini conference 2022 – reImagine [blog]. ALIAQLD.


WA Students & New Grads – Escape Together!


Calling all WA Students & New Grads!

Escape together! ALIA & RIMPA New Grads and Curtin LIS Alumni networking event: Mystic Clue Cannington, 18 June 2016 at 4.45pm

The ALIA & RIMPA New Grads and Curtin LIS Alumni are hosting a networking event in June! It’s taken us a few months to organise our first event of 2016; we’ve been working to make our gatherings as exciting and worthwhile as ever.

The June event will be held at Mystic Clue, one of Perth’s real-life room escape puzzle adventures. We will be put inside a themed room, in groups of up to eight people, to follow a story, read clues and solve puzzles in order to get out of the room.

The event will be a great way for new library and records people to get to know each other, because team work will be vital for success!

What: Team work and puzzle solving to complete room escape game

Where: Mystic Clue, Unit 7/ 1451 Albany Highway Cannington WA 6107

When: 4.45pm, Saturday 18 June 2016 (the games start at 5pm, latecomers will not be able to join in)

Cost: $30 per person (to be paid on the day)

RSVP: (by Wednesday 15 June)

Each room escape game can take up to 90 minutes from 5pm. If any team gets really confused the owners will give them extra clues, it’s meant to be fun not frustrating! Make sure you eat before you come as no food or drink is allowed in the rooms.

It is very important that everyone arrives on time, as we will enter the rooms at 5pm and once we are in no one else can join in. We don’t want anyone to get left out!

Take a look at the website for more information:

Please RSVP if you would like to come. We look forward to seeing you all there.


#auslibchat feedback

Following NGAC’s third #auslibchat about ‘Innovative Outreach’, a super quick survey was promoted to gather feedback on how we’re doing so far. Feedback from this survey has helped NGAC with reflecting and reviewing how we do #auslibchat and what we might consider improving or changing in the future.

The results….

What are we doing well? Our top 3:

  • thought-provoking questions
  • the pace of the chats
  • moderating – interacting with participants; encouraging discussion and keeping the conversation going.

“Good questions. Well paced. Encouraging people to share ideas and chat. Fostering an enthusiastic environment – not sure if that’s even a thing but you seem to do it!” – participant feedback.

What do we need to improve or change? Our top 3 considerations:

  • publishing the questions in advance – you’ve asked and we’ve listened. Going forward, we will pre-publish questions so participants have time to ponder and prepare for the discussion (eg. get into the topic headspace).
  • providing a summary of the chats’ key points and/or better promote the Storify – as a lot of effort goes into organising, promoting, moderating and collating the chats on a regular basis, we will need to consider if we have the capacity to do a summary, or if we can work with others to achieve this.
  • an earlier time – I myself, am winding my brain down for bed from 9pm. So we’ll put our heads together and see what we can come up with.

“Posting questions beforehand would be helpful to prepare. Or a blurb describing what the chat will be, rather than just the theme.” – participant feedback.


“Put together a summary of the ideas that came out of a libchat so those who missed it can catch up. Maybe as a blog post so the conversation can continue in the comments?” – participant feedback.

There was one suggestion that I believe will enhance the chat experience, as well as provide opportunities for networking and discussion at a local level – physical meet-ups at the time of the chats, possibly even with a screen and projector set up to present the live chat feed. Definitely worth a discussion, hey SNGG? 🙂 Stay tuned!

Many thanks to the respondents of our #auslibchat survey. Your thoughts and ideas are appreciated. If you didn’t get a chance to respond to this survey, don’t worry. I’m sure there will be opportunities later down the track as part of our commitment to continuous improvement in our engagement.

Alisa Howlett, Chair ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

Come and join us for dinner in Melbourne, 16 May 2012

The library students from Charles Sturt University are coming to Melbourne for a study visit. The ALIA Victorian New Graduates Group is hosting an informal dinner to help them feel welcome, and we’d love you to come!

If you’re a local library student, a new librarian or you work in the industry and just want to meet people and have fun, come along and join us for an exciting night in the heart of Melbourne. This is a great chance to make friends in the community, mix with other students and learn about the industry from colleagues working in a range of different libraries.

When: Wednesday 16 May, from 6pm
Where: 3 degrees at QV Square: Corner of Swanston & Lonsdale Streets (table booked under ALIA)
Who: All welcome
Cost: At own cost.

Come for a drink or dinner: main meals range from $15 to $25, and vegetarian and gluten free options are available. For more information, see the website.

If you know in advance that you’re coming, please RSVP your attendance to Rebecca by Monday 14 May so we can have an idea of numbers. But feel free to drop in on the night if you find you have time.

Your ALIA Vic New Graduates Group Committee
Lesa, Nyss, Rebecca and Ryan

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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Photograph by: Flickr user atsuke,