If 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.
ALIA 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.
- 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.
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!
Following NGAC’s third #auslibchat about ‘Innovative Outreach’, a super quick survey was promoted to gather feedback on how we’re doing so far. Feedback from this survey has helped NGAC with reflecting and reviewing how we do #auslibchat and what we might consider improving or changing in the future.
What are we doing well? Our top 3:
- thought-provoking questions
- the pace of the chats
- moderating – interacting with participants; encouraging discussion and keeping the conversation going.
“Good questions. Well paced. Encouraging people to share ideas and chat. Fostering an enthusiastic environment – not sure if that’s even a thing but you seem to do it!” – participant feedback.
What do we need to improve or change? Our top 3 considerations:
- publishing the questions in advance – you’ve asked and we’ve listened. Going forward, we will pre-publish questions so participants have time to ponder and prepare for the discussion (eg. get into the topic headspace).
- providing a summary of the chats’ key points and/or better promote the Storify – as a lot of effort goes into organising, promoting, moderating and collating the chats on a regular basis, we will need to consider if we have the capacity to do a summary, or if we can work with others to achieve this.
- an earlier time – I myself, am winding my brain down for bed from 9pm. So we’ll put our heads together and see what we can come up with.
“Posting questions beforehand would be helpful to prepare. Or a blurb describing what the chat will be, rather than just the theme.” – participant feedback.
“Put together a summary of the ideas that came out of a libchat so those who missed it can catch up. Maybe as a blog post so the conversation can continue in the comments?” – participant feedback.
There was one suggestion that I believe will enhance the chat experience, as well as provide opportunities for networking and discussion at a local level – physical meet-ups at the time of the chats, possibly even with a screen and projector set up to present the live chat feed. Definitely worth a discussion, hey SNGG? 🙂 Stay tuned!
Many thanks to the respondents of our #auslibchat survey. Your thoughts and ideas are appreciated. If you didn’t get a chance to respond to this survey, don’t worry. I’m sure there will be opportunities later down the track as part of our commitment to continuous improvement in our engagement.
Alisa Howlett, Chair ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee
NLS6 and ALIA Info Online are taking over Brisbane! Delegates and non-delegates are invited to a celebratory tweetup on Saturday night during NLS. You don’t need to be a Twitter user or attend the conferences to come along. This is a great chance to meet new grads from around the country and see what all the fuss is about.
What: Joint event with NLS6 and QLD ALIA NewGrads group
Who: Everyone welcome – delegates and non-delegates of NLS6 and Info Online, Twitter and non-Twitter folk
Why: Meet new contacts, old ones, see Twitter peeps in real life
Where: The Ship Inn, Southbank
When: Saturday 9 February, from 6.30pm
Cost: Free event, just pay for own drinks and dinner
RSVP by Friday 8 February: email@example.com
Tweet up (n). A social gathering of Twitter folk usually, but not always, accompanied with alcoholic or equally refreshing beverages.
Did you have to complete a course unit which you created a Twitter account, tweeted and connected with others?
Would you like to strengthen new and/or established connections?
Or perhaps wish to simply catch up with professional peers?
Come join us for a tweet up!
Where: Ship Inn, Southbank.
When: Thursday 15th November, 6pm
RSVP to Alisa and Kelly via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by Twitter.
Alisa – @acrystelle
Kelly – @bibliokel