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).


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:




P.S. Barry the Libearian loved it!


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


Vic event: Melbourne Makerspace workshop

Come visit Connected Community Hackerspace in Hawthorn with your fellow LIS students and new graduates!

Our fellow ALIA New Grad member Jennifer Strover is taking us on the tour. It’s a great chance to find out how a makerspace works, who’s involved and what people are creating (and get yourself educated for the future robot wars…..) 

Makerspaces are increasingly a hot topic for Australian public libraries, so this is the perfect time to find out what they are all about. Not sure what a makerspace is? Check out this quick intro from our friends in the USA! 

When: Tuesday 28th April, 2015 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Connected Community HackerSpace CCHS, 5 Kent Lane, Hawthorn 3122
(google maps directions available)

It’s a small space for only 10 people: get in early! Book now via eventbrite! 


Melbourne event: hackerspace for students & new graduates


Come visit Connected Community Hackerspace in Hawthorn with your fellow ALIA New Grads!

It’s a great chance to find out what a hacker/maker space is, who’s involved and what people are creating!

Makerspaces are increasingly a hot topic for Australian public libraries so this is the perfect time to find out what they are all about. Our fellow ALIA New Grad member Jennifer Strover is taking us on the tour. 

It’s a small space so only 10 ALIA New Grad & Student Members can attend. Register now to reserve your spot! 


Library folk in the pub – Melbourne

Come and enjoy the first meet up for 2015 with the Victorian students and new graduates group in Melbourne on Tuesday,  10th February.

Where: The Standard Hotel, 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy
When: Tuesday 10th February 2015 from 7pm onwards
Who: Library people, future library people, people who like library people

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Victorian regional group via facebook, twitter, or the numbers on the info sheet.

Thanks to Anna and Ellen for their FABULOUS event poster! 🙂


2014 ALIA conference – SNGG tweetup & cardi party!

photo credit: Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis Okay folks, the other event of the year is arriving. The ALIA conference in Melbourne is just around the corner, and we wanted to combine our love of social networking and libraries with our love of knitwear. It’s time to break out your Librarian Toolkit Standard Issue cardigan, because we’re hosting the 2014 students and new graduates tweetup – the ALIA Cardi Party!

The rules are simple: be in town on Tuesday 16th September. Head to the Atrium Bar at the Pullman Hotel, Melbourne. Grab your favourite/most hideous/most spectacular cardigan, and your (insert amazing smartphone/table device here) and start tweeting! It’s your chance to connect with students, new graduates, librarians and information professionals that you might not meet on a regular basis. Share ideas, swap stories, and start networking!

Be conservative, be classic, be crafty or be crazy: we want you to feel comfortable so if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration, head over to our super cool Pinterest board for some cardi ideas. We’ve got everything, from Whovians, cats , and Neville Longbottom, to rockabilly girls, James Bond, and (quite frankly), some of the most terrifying knits to ever find themselves gracing the front pages of craft patterns.

ADD THESE DETAILS TO YOUR ALIA CONFERENCE CALENDAR:menswear dog approves. found on imgur.com

Date: Tuesday, 16th September (first full day of the conference)
Time: 7:15-7:30pm approx, just after the Welcome Reception
Location: Pullman Hotel, Atrium Bar. Look for the cardigans
Who’s invited: everyone! Students, new graduates, professionals, and library lovers.

Important: you do not need to be attending the conference to join in this event: it is completely open access, so if you can’t make the main event, don’t fret!

Follow us on twitter, and start using the hashtag #ALIAcardiganparty. Show us your cable knits!