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.

ALIA NGAC members share their story: apply now!

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee is currently recruiting new members! Over the last couple of weeks, our current members have been sharing what they’ve learned and gained in their professional development by contributing to NGAC and the broader, student and new graduates LIS community here in Australia.

We’ve collected the tweets and videos into a Storify….so don’t take just my word for it and hear what NGAC members have to say….

If you’re passionate about understanding the issues, trends and concerns of the student and new graduate LIS community, and driven to provide a voice directly to the ALIA Board, being an NGAC member is for you.

Applications close on Friday 10 November 2017.

If you have any questions or would like further information about our role or the recruitment process, please email aliangac [at]

Alisa Howlett
Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

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

5 reasons to apply for ALIA NGAC now!

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) is currently looking for two new members. Being a member of NGAC is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the LIS profession in Australia and your professional development.

Thank you to those who have already submitted expressions of interest. To those who are yet to decide, this post’s for you.

Expressions of interest are due this Friday, 4 March COB.

Be a part of a conversation in making difference to new information professionals’ experience.

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee is your direct link to the ALIA Board. Through our engagement with the professional community, online and face-to-face, we have our eyes and ears out for issues, trends and concerns related to new library and information professionals. We help raise and advise on these with the Association towards better services and initiatives, and in turn, strengthen the future of our profession.

Earn PD points towards becoming a ALIA Certified Practitioner.

Did you know you can earn up to 15 PD points per year as an NGAC member? Fast track your path to becoming a certified practitioner and gain valuable experience in shaping ALIA services and responses to new library and information professional issues. You will develop a better understanding of the profession, its pressures, influences and trends, and make connections between the bigger picture and your every day working context.

Grow your personal learning network and collaborate with some fabulous people from around Australia (if I may say so myself).

As a team, we are a vibrant lot who share a vision in developing opportunities for new library and information professionals to engage with ALIA and the wider profession. We come from a variety of backgrounds and working contexts and we share our experiences, skills and knowledge. Together, we can achieve some pretty awesome things this year.

Develop your skill set. Learn teamwork, organisational and project management skills.

The work NGAC does requires us to be open to others’ ideas and work collaboratively in a mostly online environment. We need to develop technological skills, both to engage with new library and information professionals in social media channels as well as the tools which help us work, like Google Drive, Skype, etc. We need to keep on top of our various projects and initiatives. Co-ordinating tasks and communicating well between each other is so important to achieving outcomes.

Bring out your awesome.

Being a part of ALIA NGAC is an opportunity to bring out the skills, special talents and knowledge you might not have a chance to use or develop in your current work. Step out of the every day and bring out your awesomeness by contributing to the profession. Being a part of ALIA NGAC fuels passion for this profession, as well as provides an avenue to express it and put it to work. This might be the professional development opportunity you’re looking for.

If you have any questions about the ALIA NGAC positions, I’d like to suggest you read the FAQs post first, then have a look at the position description and selection criteria. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me ( with the subject line NGAC Inquiry.

But you only have 4 days left! So get that expression of interest submitted now!

Oh, and did I mention expressions of interest are due this Friday, 4 March COB?


Alisa Howlett – Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee