• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6

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Nov 162012
 

Handy information in your pocket. That’s what you want in a great travel app, isn’t it? Information to keep you moving, help make the most of an experience in a new place or assist with planning. I’m also a stickler for deriving the most value out of each dollar I spend on travel.

On my recent trip overseas I paid attention to the apps I used most often while on the go. The travel apps listed below are my top 5. These are the ones I referred to frequently for answers and tips, so you know these have been road-tested.

1. Evernote (free) – Okay, not travel specific but its versatility meant I could capture signs and directions to my iPhone, my immediate responses and reactions to experiences, which made for easier reflective writing later. After a day at the symposium, no doubt you’ll have invitations to social and networking opportunities in the evenings, so as soon as an idea strikes during the day, record it. You can return to it when you have the time. Rest easier knowing there’s no need to be distracted from your evening conversation because you’re too busy trying to remember what you thought about a discussion, a presentation or comment.

2. Urbanspoon (free) – By far the easiest way I found places to have brekky, lunch or dinner. (Recommendations from locals help also). But if you’re unfamiliar of a city and not sure what’s around the corner from your accommodation, Urbanspoon can help with places near to you, provide indications of price and what others thought about it.

3. Tripadvisor (free) – I don’t book accommodation without checking out reviews first on Tripadvisor. Get reviews and photos from real people on accommodation and attractions around the area. I used Tripadvisor to find popular attractions, and those in and around the neighbourhood I was staying. There’s also a website version, which I actually use most often. I tend to cross check reviews with another handy website – booking.com (there’s an app for that too!).

4. Lonely Planet City Guide ($4.49) – A small price but I wasn’t without a Lonely Planet City Guide on my recent trip. City Guides have essential information for your destination – information about getting around, as well as attractions and walking tours for exploring. I found the City Guide apps helped with ideas for what to do, where things were and planning my sight-seeing. Once downloaded, there are no additional data charges to access the content, great for roaming around.

5. Virgin Australia Flight Specials (free) – This one is probably the most useful airline app I’ve come across so far. Easy search for fares, you can even set up alerts to remind you to grab sale fares for the route to Brisbane or for your favourite destinations. Keep up to date with flight status, manage your booking and check-in for your flight. It’s one jam-packed app!

Other apps specific to Brisbane you can check out are: –

  • South Bank Pocket Guide (free)
  • Airtrain (free)
  • Black and White Cabs (free)
  • Yellow Cabs Brisbane (free)
  • QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (free)

The Experience team are here to support your planning for your NLS6. Get to know our team members to spot them at the symposium!
And remember, if you have any questions for the Experience team, please send your emails to experience@newlibrarianssymposium.com.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 12:00 pm planning, travel, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 202012
 
Seize this opportunity. Go for it.
For some people, just reading that top line will be enough for them to submit a proposal for the 6th New Librarians Symposium. I can tell you now I’m not one of those people. And I presented at last year’s New Librarians’ Symposium in Perth. If you’re a student or new graduate reading this, please read on. It may be the boost (or convincing) you need. Chances are you’re wondering “Can my idea really be accepted….?” Well, I’m here to tell you why you should submit.

First, let me tell you a story. I was in the same position in December 2010. Presenting wasn’t in my immediate plans. I thought I had nothing to say. Who would listen to me? But I had an idea and wondered, “How can I share this?” With some encouragement, okay it was more like a boot in the rear end, I submitted. I was stoked I even put together an abstract.

You only have to start, take the first step and the rest will follow.

Being a first-time presenter at an event like the New Librarians’ Symposium is like having training wheels on a bike as well as having a cheer squad behind you. The people who organise and attend the event create a buzzing atmosphere that only makes you want to jump onto that stage and give them your all. Such support and the connections you make in the friendliest of spaces on the national conference circuit are priceless and will probably become the most important to you during the course of your career.

Of course I was nervous, to be honest there’s not much that will change that…..did I look nervous?

Sure, I screwed up in the first few minutes when I had the wrong slide up on the screen. S*** happens. I laughed it off and kept going. And guess what? I wasn’t ready to come off the stage by the time I finished! On a serious note, presenting at a New Librarians’ Symposium is one of the few opportunities to start putting your name and ideas out there, to share and add to the knowledge of this profession, not to mention a shiny piece for your CV.

 

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Thinking I’m an established professional? Nope. I’m a LIS masters student and only embarked on this career path a few years ago.

Following my experience at last year’s NLS, it’s time to pay it forward. I’m a Brissy local and co-chair of the Experience sub-committee on a mission to maximise your experience at the 6th New Librarians’ Symposium.

Not only can you expect a supportive Organising Committee, but the Experience team are also here to provide you with information about getting to Brisbane – you know, the “nitty-gritty, how do I get to the city from the airport?” kind of things to make your planning and participation experience to be as smooth and of best value as possible to you as a budding information professional.

The Experience team will have you revved up for NLS6 with an engaging and inspiring program of workshops on the Saturday, the day before NLS6 begins. In the lead up, we’ll be passing on travel deals, provide restaurant and accommodation reviews, and create opportunities to make connections with others and participate in discussions well before the event. Need to workout while you’re here? We’ve got you covered. We’ll find you the gyms in and around the CBD. Need gluten free options? No problem. The team will suss out catering restaurants. Need some help getting around QUT and the symposium program? We’ll have a team of volunteers you can approach. But what about drinks and tweet ups, you ask? Definitely no issues there. Social events will be planned closer to and during the event.

An “Ask the Experience team” mailbox will be set up shortly for you to start emailing your questions through.

So go on, have a crack. Who knows, right?

 July 20, 2012  Posted by at 10:54 am get involved, proposals Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »