Humans of NLS8

Ever wondered who your peers really are? What makes them tick, who inspires them, what it their favourite ice cream flavour? As new GLAMR professionals there are so many interesting people within our own profession to meet.

To officially launch our new Instagram account, @ALIAnewgrads, we are bringing the GLAMR people to you! Introducing to you Humans of NLS8, affectionately called HONLS8. In the style of Humans of New York, the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group will be walking around the New Librarians Symposium taking pictures and asking NLS8 delegates, volunteers and presenters about their experience at the symposium. Also discovering their views on the GLAM industry in general and a quirky fact here and there. All photos will be posted (with permission) to our brand new @ALIAnewgrads Instagram account!

This mini project will run throughout NLS8 and will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about some new LIS faces plus give our HONLS8 their well deserved 15 minutes of Instagram fame! Not only this but it will provide a snapshot of NLS8 and GLAMR professionals today that we can look back on in another 80 years, #ALIA80.

To get involved with HONLS8 make sure to follow @ALIAnewgrads on Instagram and keep an eye out for #HONLS8. Plus for all your NLS8 shots don’t forget to find @ALIAnls and follow #NLS8!


#auslibchat follow up: notes from Anne Reddacliff

Last week the New Generation Advisory Committee hosted a different sort of #auslibchat where we asked this year’s ALIA Board candidates questions from our student and new graduates community. We, and I’m sure the participants too, very much appreciated the candidates’ time and input to the discussion.

The committee recognises that Twitter chats can be fast-paced and not all our answers fit into 140 characters. So in thanking our candidates, we extended an invitation to post any further thoughts or longer answers that the candidates may have prepared.

Take it away, Anne!

In more than 140 characters I’d like to address two key questions from our Twitter chat last week:

What would you do to champion new gen professionals & new grads in an environment that is increasingly difficult to find a job?


I’d like to see ALIA introduce a mentoring scheme that pairs ALIA members as mentors with students/new grads. The aim is to provide support, guidance and encouragement with applying for jobs as well as to utilise one person’s networks to help another. ALIA has done great work hosting resume cafes/workshops for students, new grads and those affected by redundancies. As a mental health advocate I am particularly interested in how ALIA can help students/new grads to build resilience. I welcome the opportunity to play a larger role in this and would like to develop an online resilience toolkit or infographic to help students and new grads bounce back!

What role does ALIA have to play in the critical librarianship movement? How does this relate to future strategy and action?


As our national association ALIA has an important role to play in critical librarianship. Critical librarianship is about valuing diversity and critiquing the power structures we work within. Groups like ALIA LGBTQ and ATSILIRN provide diverse perspectives to ALIA but there is always more work that can be done. I would welcome input on how ALIA can address some of the issues that are raised in critical librarianship, particularly from external groups like Librarians for Refugees. The ALIA Strategic Plan states that ALIA’s object is to “respect the diversity and individuality of all people.” ALIA is also commencing vital action around the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which advocate for women and technology, the environment and providing affordable access to the internet. This action is powered by many of the same ideas that drive critical librarianship.

As a final statement I nominated for the ALIA Board because I work in frontline client service and I get direct feedback from clients on how libraries are or aren’t meeting their needs. I am in a sound position to help ALIA devise policies that are responsive to diverse communities and the changing expectations of library clientele. I have a broad professional network and I actively listen to ALIA members and non-members about what they want from our professional association.

If you missed last week’s chat, here is the Storify.

Here are the candidates’ Twitter handles to look out for:

Alicia Cohen – @Alicia_Cohen

Jonathon Guppy – @JonnyGup

Clare O’Dwyer – @MrsChurchill1

Anne Reddacliff – @AMoodiLibrarian

Don’t forget that if you’re an ALIA member, there’s still time to vote! Get to know your candidates and hop to it!


Alisa Howlett

on behalf of the New Generation Advisory Commitee

ALIA New Grads Job Help Wiki!

Yes, we know that ALIA already has “Early Career Connect” but we thought it might also be fun to have a wiki. For me, it’s a place to put all the job links that I regularly access when I’m looking for a new position.

Do you wanna participate? Check it out!

Keeping in touch: the way you want

Librarians have a long tradition of communicating via email lists. We’re one of the oldest professions (but not the oldest!), and we’ve been on the internet for longer than most. The rise of social media has just served to add to the number of ways we like to talk to each other, and we’re keen to explore all of them.

Ahead of the New Librarians Symposium in September, we asked you how you like to keep in touch with ALIA new graduates. Here’s what you said:

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We asked this question on the blog and Facebook, so it’s hardly surprising that many of you preferred using those media in which you answered the question. But it’s important to remember that many of you also chose more than one option, so really a range of communication methods seems to suit you best.

Across both surveys, about 15 percent of respondents mentioned an interest in communicating with us via Twitter. We don’t have our own Twitter stream at the moment, but given the overwhelming success of new librarians tweeting for #tweetaugust, we’ll keep it in mind. Don’t forget that ALIA has its own Twitter stream to keep you up to date with both national and international library news.

Online communication is really just a placeholder for when we can’t interact in person. We’re holding more and more face-to-face events each year across the nation. If you’re in Brisbane, next up is the Queensland Newgrads event on 24 August. And in September, new librarians will flock to Perth for the exciting experience of NLS5. Don’t miss out!