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!

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 newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com

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.

Humans of NLS8

During the New Librarians Symposium in Canberra, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group were busy meeting all of the Humans of NLS8 and sharing them with everyone via our Instagram account. Check out the Humans of NLS8 that we managed to meet and find out all about them.

MichaelMeet Michael Hawks [@mikeyh177] our first #HONLS8 who we interviewed over breakfast ☕️ Where have you come from? 🎶where did you go? Where did you come from Cotton Eye Joe🎶 But seriously, I’m originally from Perth but have spent the last three & a bit years in #Brisbane. What are looking forward to at #NLS8?@netty_mess 😍 Also seeing other guys too [other LIS students & graduates]. Also what other GLAMRzons have put together. Plus my own workshop #librariansanddragons with @_its_levioosa make sure to check it out on Sunday #plugging What their ideas & thoughts are for the future of the industry. What pop culture character do you think would make a good librarian? Kermit the Frog 🐸 because he has a Doctorate of Amphibious Letters (and if that doesn’t qualify for membership to ALIA, then I don’t know what will…), he is #inquisitive, #innovative, a natural born leader & is great at bringing together a ragtag group of misfits to follow their dreams! #sngg #alia #alia80 #GLAMR#coffeechats

JamesMeet James! He is a regional Coordinator for #ALIASNGG and a #HONLS8. Here is more about James in his own words: I hail from Adelaide and work as a Graduate Library Officer (GLO) at University of South Australia. A DIY career means to me that I have to put in the work to develop ny skills. This also means understanding what my weaknesses are and finding ways to fill those skill gaps. What excites me the most about starting a GLAM career is that I finally feel at home. Libraries are where I want to be and I’m so happy to be part of NLS8! #nls8 #sngg#ALIA #ALIA80

AnnaOur next #HONLS8 is Anna Rubinowski, National Co-convenor of ALIA SNGG.Here is a little more from Anna: Where have you come from? I’m currently living in Melbourne, where I have lived for the last few years after leaving Germany to do my Master of Information Management in Melbourne. Networking tips? I’m an introvert at heart, but there is lots of us introverts at the conference! Just start by asking someone where they are from, what they are currently doing, and it will go from there. If that’s not working for you, look out for someone with an ALIA SNGG badge – they are part of the ALIA Students & New Graduates Group and will happily introduce you to someone. Favourite item from the NLS8 pack? The ALIA SNGG bookmarks of course! If NLS8 was an ice cream flavor what would it be and why? Salted caramel – GLAMR people are all so different and should not get along so well, but NLS8 shows us that together we are great! #ALIA80 #ALIA #sngg #nls8

TraceyOur next #HONLS8 Tracey Allen [@traceymaree83] one of our delegates! Why did you choose to pursue a career in #GLAM? I knew that my position as a nanny wouldn’t last forever and so I looked into future proof careers and as “Information is power” I started my journey to become an Information Professional. What is your favourite #book and why would you recommend it to people? My favourite book is Jane Eyre. Jane went through so much in her life and yet she never gave up. She was also a #Governess (the original #nanny).Do you think #librarians have one common personality trait? Yes, we’re all very encouraging people. What do you like about attending #conferences? Getting to know more library peeps and learning new #skills and #techniques #HONLS8 #NLS8 #sngg #alia80 #nannyturnedlibrarian #meettracey

StephanieOur first #honls8 for the morning is Stephanie Simon. Steph and Wayne are presenting today in the Ferguson room on Transforming the library’s fixed service point to proactive virtual services. Here is what Steph had to say: Where have you come from? Adelaide, University of South Australia. Why did you choose to pursue a career in GLAM? I started working casually in libraries during my undergrad degree, I loved it and decided that was where I wanted to build my career. Which pop-culture character do you think would be a good librarian? Wonder Woman as she wields the Lasso of Truth. That would be handy for a Librarian #nls8 #sngg #alia

EmilyOur next #HONLS8 is Emily Wilson who works at the State Library of South Australia and is the State Manager for ALIA SA (its also her birthday today). Here is what she had to say. Where have you come from? Adelaide. City of Champions. Favourite item in the swag bag? Bookmarks. Love a good bookmark. D.I.Y Tip? Read widely, think critically and challenge yourself. #nls8 #sngg#alia

KimberleyKimberley Dye is our next #HONLS8 Kimberley works at the State Library of South Australia. Favourite book? Killing Joke by Alan Moore. Which pop-culture character would make a good librarian ? Batgirl/oracle as she is already a librarian and would make a great digital curator. Biggest fear about starting a GLAM career ? For me its about there not being enough jobs for new librarians. Kimberley is presenting today on increasing digital preservation skills in libraries. #nls8 #sngg #alia #alia80 #aliasngg

ElizabethMeet Elizabeth one of the committee members our next #HONLS8. Here is what she had to say: I work in a drama school and my fave classic play is The Tempest by Shakespeare. I like it so much I tattooed the DDC number for it on my arm! Yes I’m a nerd. DIY career to me means working together, pulling up other people behind you – like our ILN keynotes said this morning, do it together! My DIY tip for new librarians is – give it a go. You’ll never never know if you never never give it a go… #nls8 #alia #sngg

ClareOur next #HONLS8 is the lovely Clare, a home-town Canberra girl! Here is a bit more about Clare, in her own words: I think librarians are curious. About people and information, we see this as a puzzle to be solved, not a scary challenge. And that’s why I like libraries, I love research, but in libraries I get to combine that with helping people, which is brilliant (especially as it avoids sales targets I had in previous jobs). At #nls8 I’m hoping to meet people, give out my business cards (I forget too!), and find inspiring to find a new (hopefully but not necessarily) library job! #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG #ALIA80

NathanHave you met Nathan? He’s our next #HONLS8. Here is a bit more about Nathan, in his own words: I’m Wiradjuri man, I work at the Australian Museum in First Nations programming, but have a library degree (finished my last assignment a few weeks ago). My goal in GLAM is to provide and promote access to to the First Nations cultural heritage in memory institutions to First Nations communities through outreach and advocacy, as well as help capture and preserve First Nations voices and rectify Western biases in memory institutions. #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG#ALIA80 #HONLS8

NicolletteMeet our next #HONLS8 Nicollette Suttor an #NLS8 delegate😄 What does DIY mean to you? It means working out what you want, who to talk to about it to give you feedback, more ideas and how to pursue it. How did you get here? Applied for the Federal Public Service program and was offered a placement at the Australian National Library, National Museum and other places. And I chose the Australian National Library 😄 #HONLS8 #nls8 #sngg #alia #alia80#librariansrock #anlforthewin

JoHave you met Jo Hare [@maybe__sparrow] yet at #NLS8? Well now you can because she is our next #HONLS8 😄 Where have you come from? I’ve come from City University of Hong Kong in… Hong Kong 🇭🇰! But I was previously on the far north coast of NSW. I’m here at NLS with my colleague Chris to talk about Hong Kong Libraries Connect, an independent library network seeking to connect library professionals in Hong Kong. We are brand new and having fun! Check out our presentation today in the #theatre Why did you choose to pursue a career in #GLAM? My deep dark secret is I initially did the LIS MA so I could work overseas, & I’m just really lucky that I ended up in a really supportive workplace where I learned to love the profession! Any #DIY tips for new #librarians? My DIY tip is just bloody go for it this is a great bunch of people to practice your #networking skills on (Please say hello to me I’m not that good at networking myself! 😁) If #NLS8 was an ice cream flavour what would it be and why? …it would be boysenberry for selfish reasons because I haven’t had boysenberry ice cream in ages and I love it 😊🍦 #aliasngg #sngg #alia #alia80 #nls8icecream #funpose #saycheese 😄

JessMeet Jess [@balcairn], our next #HONLS8: My favourite thing about #nls8 has been meeting like minded people when online studying has been a tiny bit more isolating. I pursued a career in GLAMR because I want to preserve cultural heritage and organise information, and contribute to community and meaning building. My favourite book is The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman because it helps through some tough mental health days and gives good support that pop psychology might leave out or gloss over in the name of positivity. My DIY tip is just to get started, take the first step and try, because that’s the only way to succeed, and failure is only temporary. #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG #sngg #ALIA80

SueMeet Sue, our next #HONLS8. She thinks having R. David Lankes as a keynote speaker via Skype is a bit brilliant (so do we!) and she is a #HONLS8 fan. Here’s more about Sue: I am from RMIT in Melbourne and keen to take in the very cool things #NLS8 has on offer. Great sessions but I specially like the breakout room. Very quirky. I am GLAMRous because my mother said I liked books and I would like being a librarian! What do mothers know? I do like books and being an LIS academic after being a TL but the two aren’t really linked as we all know. I like conferences too because of the people you catch up with and meet. I love seeing my students and ex students and hearing about the fabulous things they are doing. They make me proud. Whatever you see in the mirror is what a librarian is. #ALIA80 #sngg #ALIASNGG #ALIA #nls8

LibbyMeet Libby [@ladyvelmacass] a #nls8 speaker, delegate and our next #HONLS8 😁 What has been the most memorable thing so far at #NLS8? Getting up early catching a bus through a thick fog to get to Albert Hall for the the recreation of the historic photo for ALIA’s 80th birthday #alia80 Relief after the completion of my workshop and panel discussion and the sense of #satisfaction when people told me afterwards that they learnt something and are #inspired to learn more. What is your favourite book and why would you recommend it to people? Possession AS Byatt. A riff on detective novels the book is a clever and funny. Two academics use their skills to unravel a mystery about poetry. (I think I want to read this now!) Name one thing you were surprised to learn this weekend? How many participants self funded What is your best #DIY asset and why? Sense of curiosity and my #ALIA membership. Both provide lots of opportunity to learn new things and get involved. #powerpose #sngg #powerful #yayforlibby

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Meet Tess, one of the @utslibrary Engagement Gange members a #HONLS8 😁What has been the most memorable thing so far at #NLS8? All of the sessions have been amazing, but my favourite parts of NLS8 so far have been the bits in between the – I’ve talked to some incredibly #smart and #talented #librarians and it’s been great to hear their ideas (and borrow some for my library!) What is your best #DIY asset and why? I always want to try something new, which is my best DIY asset. I say yes to every opportunity that comes up – that’s how I got here! I’ve gotten so much experience by doing this, which has helped me become a better #librarian #sngg #alia #alia80 #engagmentgang #networking #sayyes #therobot

RebekahMeet Rebekah from Penrith City Library in NSW. For her a DIY career means following your own path wherever it takes you + doing what you enjoy. She also reckons if #nls8 was an ice cream flavour it would be coffee because its stimulating and awesome #honls8 #honls #nls8 #DIY #sngg @alianls

CindyLet me introduce you to Cindy Nguyen. An ACT Region Coordinator for ALIA SNGG. She moved from Melbourne and came to Canberra for study. For networking, she recommends lots of smiling, an approachable nature and the telling of lots of lame puns. She is excited about becoming a GLAMR professional because she wants to help people and do something she loves and she believes Doctor Who would make a great librarian as he is full of knowledge, passion and adventure. The ultimate librarian! #honls #honls8 #nls8 #sngg @alianls

#NLS8 is over and it has been #amazing! Thank you to all of the HONLS8 that attended NLS8. And if you haven’t already, make sure to follow our ALIA Students and New Graduates on Instagram 😁

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Brisbane – Resume Review Cafe is on again!

 

We know what you’re thinking, another resume review? But we just had one! The QLD ALIA SNGG team has decided to plan things a little differently this year with the feedback we’ve received from students and new grads from past events.

In 2017 our plan is to follow loosely the stages for preparing for a job interview. The events this year will begin with the Resume Review Cafe, followed by a Selection Criteria workshop, and then an Interview Panel. More details for these events will be announced later this year.

Come along to our Resume Review Cafe and take the opportunity to get advice and feedback on your resume from an experienced library and information professional.

Where: Brisbane – State Library Cafe, Southbank.

When: Saturday, 18 March from 9:00am (Appointments will run for approximately 30 minutes each)

Cost: ALIA members – Gold Coin donation, non-ALIA members $5.00

Here’s what you do: –

  1. Submit your RSVP with your resume to us via email by Tuesday 28 February (your resume will be treated with the strictest confidence).
  2. Receive your appointment time.
  3. Meet with your reviewer at your appointed time and receive valuable feedback and advice!
  4. Apply feedback and have more confidence in your resume.

Last year’s Resume Review Cafe was a great success, and it was fantastic to see an exchange of enthusiasm between reviewers and participants.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – newgradsqld.alia@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Annette, Maddy, and Shirin

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group QLD
Website: https://alianewgrads.wordpress.com/category/qld/
Twitter: @ALIANewGrads