Networking – How do I even do it? A Panel Discussion

Networking panel discussionWe all know networking is key in the GLAMR industry. However, the word networking often brings feelings of anxiety with it. Queensland’s Regional Coordinators are taking networking down a notch to make it a little bit easier to swallow. Join us and our awesome panel to hear about what networking is all about and pick up some tips to make networking seem not as bad! And to test your new found networking knowledge there will be time to network with cheese & wine after the panel discussion.

Here are the specifics of the night –

When – Monday 16th July, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where – Room 714, Level 7 of V block, QUT Library Gardens Point

How – RSVP to

What to bring – just bring yourself and be ready to enjoy some cheese, wine and networking!

We are excited to announce our panelist for the evening and what they think about networking –

Kylie Burgess – QUT Library & ALIA SNGG

Kylie is a newly minted librarian who works as the AIRS Library Adviser at QUT and volunteers as a Queensland Regional Coordinator with the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group.  As a self-confessed introvert, Kylie has always found networking a bit overwhelming – but with practice, she’s gotten much better at it in recent years and she is keen is share her tips and tricks!

Sarah Howard – QUT Library

Sarah Howard is a QUT Liaison Librarian for the Schools of Nursing and Optometry & Vision Science.  With over ten years’ experience in Academic Libraries, Sarah has had the opportunity to attend a few conferences throughout her career. Would you believe that she carries a Virtual Reality headset to initiate conversations at conferences!

Anne Reddacliff – State Library Queensland

Anne Reddacliff is a librarian with experience working in public, academic, clinical and state libraries. She is on the Board of Directors for ALIA and a Convenor for IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group. Her favourite networking tool is coffee!

Ryan Weymouth – Griffith University Library

Ryan is currently the Discipline Librarian for Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Ryan is an experienced academic research librarian, with strengths in information discovery, customer service, training and support of academics, higher degree research candidates and undergraduate students and in the creation of IT applications for the workplace.  Ryan is also the Secretary for the Australian Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centres and has attended many conferences, presented at a few of them and also has organised a couple of conferences as well.

Networking is essential in today’s workplace and especially in the library world. Conferences represent an interesting place to learn new ideas, meet other professionals from all different levels of library, publishing and vendor organisations and experience the wonders of the conference dinner.

To get all the best tips and tricks for networking make sure to RSVP and come along! You can find all the details about the event on our Facebook page. And if you can’t make it, the event will be streamed live via ALIA Students and New Graduates Facebook page.

Now Available: National Regional Coordinator Positions

Here is an opportunity to be actively involved in the profession by contributing to what matters most to students and new graduates. ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is happy to announce that it has several Regional Coordinators positions available in:

  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Australian Capitol Territory
  • New South Wales

ALIA SNGG is looking for enthusiastic students and new graduates of an information studies course, who are bursting to contribute to the profession and new graduates community. As a ALIA Student and New Graduates Regional Coordinator, you will:

  • Have an active interest in professional development in the Library & Information sector.
  • Establish and widen your professional network by liaising with the professional community in organising and facilitating events;
  • Become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • Develop an awareness of key issues and trends in different information sectors throughout your experience as a Regional Coordinator;
  • Build on and diversify your transferrable skills by providing input to regular reports, promoting events, displaying leadership for your peers.
  • Report on events to the NGG using the appropriate Google Docs, and at NGG teleconferences.
  • Pass on to the NGG Convener any issues that the New Generation Advisory Committee might need to know about
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills

Being a Regional Coordinator is a professional development opportunity and a fantastic opportunity to grow your personal learning networks. Points may be gained as part of the ALIA PD Scheme or may form part of a professional practice component of your information studies course.

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/ CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!: Note: You need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate!

To apply, just tell us in 200 words or less why you’d like to be a Regional Coordinator and what you think the New Graduates Group means to the profession and newbies.

Please email your application to National Convener Hiba Kanj:

Applications close Friday 31st October 2014.