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  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
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  • NLS6 NLS6
Jan 122013

1/2/3/ Days like these / Happy Days.

NGAC book spine poem

There’s only 1-2-3 days left to enter our competition to win up to $1000 for your NLS6 travel and accommodation!

Did you see our last post which had an example entry using a book spine poem? Missed it? We’re shocked! Refresh your mind and spark your creativity by re-reading the post and then quickly get entering!

Enter by expressing how the bursary would help you to  “be different”. Remember to check out the terms and conditions below.

These funds are generously offered by the New Librarians Symposium (NLS6), and the competition is being run by New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC).

Terms and conditions

You can enter if you’re an ALIA personal member who has graduated from an ALIA recognised course in the past 5 years, or if you’re currently studying an ALIA recognised course. This bursary is for people who wouldn’t otherwise receive funding from their organisation to attend the conference. If you have assisted in the organisation of the conference unfortunately you’re ineligible to enter.

Remember to confirm your entry by filling in the form! (apologies for the incorrect date on the form – you really do have till 15 January 2013 to enter).

Extended deadline

The extended deadline gives you till 15 January 2013 to enter. If you have any questions feel free to contact the New Generation Advisory Committee via @aliangac or aliangac [AT] gmail.com

Happy creating!

Sonja Barfoed, @SonjaBarfoed and Danielle Johanesen, @librarynerdD Committee members of ALIA NGAC @aliangac

 January 12, 2013  Posted by at 11:00 am accommodation, travel, your nls6 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Nov 012012

By now you have most likely seen our awesome keynotes and workshops and are really getting excited about attending NLS6 in February next year! But wait, what is that you say? You haven’t got two bobs to rub together to go to Brisbane and to pay for your own registration? So have you read about our helpful hints in putting a case for your employer and getting your organisation to pay for your attendance? How about the one about self-funding ideas? Got it all but still want more ideas? Well luckily we do have a few more up our sleeves:

The NGAC Travel Bursary – A competition

The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) is offering travel financial support to students of ALIA-recognised LIS course and new graduates (ALIA members) who would otherwise not receive funding from their organisations. The competition is open to everyone except members of the NLS6 organising committee and NGAC. For more information, please download the NGAC_NLS6 Competition Application. Competition ends 10 December 2012.

The QUT Information Professional Alumni Bursary – A competition

The Ian Maddox Memorial Bursary is awarded to QUT alumni or current QUT students of library and information studies; information management; or teacher librarianship courses. More information on eligibility and how to apply is contained in the Nomination form (505KB, PDF) and on QUT’s Information Professional Alumni Chapter website. Competition ends 28 November 2012.

LINC Tasmania – The Sir John Morris Memorial Trust Fund

For those information professionals living in Tasmania you may be eligible to get funding from LINC Tasmania via the Sir John Morris Memorial Trust Fund. I have applied for this last year to attend NLS5 and was lucky enough to be granted part of my costs (airfare, registration and accommodation). Submit application by 29 November 2012.

Do you know of any other grants, competitions or awards in your State or Territory? Let us know in the comments!


 November 1, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am accommodation, planning, travel Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 302012

So you’ve made the call to attend NLS6, and now you’re looking for creative ways to find funding to help out with costs. To help you on your way, I’ve asked previous NLS attendees for their ideas about how to make your NLS6 happen if funds are the only things standing in your way. Hana W is based in Wellington (New Zealand). Kim T is based in Melbourne (Australia). Both attended NLS5 in Perth (2011).

Hana : I attended one day of NLS5 after I attended & presented at ALIA Libtec in 2011. I used funding awarded from my regional LIANZA committee, Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, and to get to Perth I received funding from my employer.

Kim : I was already attending ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference and was fortunate that my workplace allowed me to stay for both. It is worth considering sharing accommodation with someone you know who is attending if possible.

Hana : If you are funding yourself, I’d suggest staying at a backpackers close to the conference venue (I stayed at a local backpackers down the road from NLS5 venue).

For the Australian-based folks, here’s some ideas for keeping your costs low :

  • Keep in touch with other new grads in the ALIA New Graduates Group, to find out who else is going to NLS6 from your region to share travel and/or accommodation with.
  • Find out if you are eligible for one of the ALIA Awards.
  • If you are currently working, then approach your employer about partially paying for some of your costs. Be creative with your pitch, and maybe they could cover your accommodation, or your flights, or your registration costs.

For the New Zealand-based folks, here’s some suggestions about sourcing funding from Hana :

  • Apply to your employer. Yes, it means crafting a well written and convincing application, but it is worth it.
  • Apply to your local LIANZA regional committee for the Hydestor award.
  • Check with your local LIANZA committee if they have any discretionary funding for professional development opportunities.
  • Apply for the Ada Fache fund if applicable.

You might also find that there are funding sources outside of your library sphere. Do you belong to other groups that have funding grants?  Are you a student of an institution that offers travel grants? Does anyone in your family belong to Lions or Rotary groups? Are you an member of another professional body that offers professional development grants? Now is the time to cast your net wide so that you can join us at NLS6.

Image of Hana WHana W is based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a self confessed library geek, as proven by her blog, Library.Geek. She’s @thewhaanga. She’s the former editor of LIANZA’s Library Life.




Image of Kim TKim T is a crafter, maker and runner based in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Manager, Hawthorn Campus Library at Swinburne University. She’s @haikugirlOz and an Aurora alumni.

 October 30, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am accommodation, travel, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 192012

The NLS6 team is committed to helping you keep your costs down so that you can maximise your symposium experience. That’s why we have created a space on the website where you connect with other delegates for the purpose of sharing accommodation.  Not only will you save money, you will also have the opportunity to make a new professional connection.

So –  Are you an NLS6 delegate looking for somewhere to stay during the symposium? Or perhaps you are planning to book a hotel room or holiday apartment and want to find someone to share accommodation and costs? Or what about those of you who are lucky enough to live in Brisbane – do you have accommodation to offer an NLS6 delegate?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then the homestay classifieds system is for you!  You can get started right away or, if you prefer, you can check out the info and tips first.

 October 19, 2012  Posted by at 1:00 pm accommodation, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 082012

The Experience team is pleased to announce the Oaks Hotels & Resorts group as the ‘preferred’ apartment option for NLS6. All Oaks Brisbane properties offer 4 ½ star, one and two bedroom fully self contained apartments with private balconies, separate lounge, dining, full kitchen and laundry facilities. Rooms include broadband connectivity, DVD / stereo, telephones, fitness room /gymnasium, lap pool, sauna, spa and BBQ facilities. The properties are in ideal locations situated just minutes from all that Brisbane has to offer.

I have stayed at iStay River City and our very own Kate Davis has stayed at 212 Margaret and we are both confident that you will feel right at home in any of the Oaks properties.

All NLS6 delegates are eligible for a 5% discount on accommodation at Brisbane Oaks Hotels & Resorts for the duration of the symposium.  To ensure that you receive the discount place your booking through the NLS6 booking portal.  The rooms will be subject to availability and the rates will fluctuate based on demand.  Delegates should also be aware of the website’s terms and conditions.

 October 8, 2012  Posted by at 9:00 am accommodation, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 052012

The experience team knows that accommodation will be an important part of your overall symposium experience. We know that a lot of you will be unfamiliar with Brisbane and you probably won’t have time to come up here to check things out for yourself before hand. We also know that a lot of you won’t know anyone else who is attending and will be looking forward to meeting and socialising with new people.

That’s why the experience team are choosing ‘preferred’ accommodation venues: one backpackers’ hostel and one hotel/apartment. I, on behalf of the experience team, have popped in to a couple of venues and had a look around for you. I’ve also been working hard to arrange great discounts for NLS6 delegates. My aim is to streamline the booking process for you and maximize the potential for you to socialize and meet other delegates at your accommodation site.

Brisbane City YHA street viewNow, without further adieu, myself and the NLS6 experience team is proud to announce the symposium’s preferred backpacker accommodation venue* – the Brisbane City YHA. Chosen as ‘Best Backpacker Accommodation’ at the 2011 Queensland Tourism Awards and newly renovated in 2009, the YHA is the ideal home-away-from-home for budget savvy travellers.

The Brisbane City YHA offers a mix of four- and six-share dorms, some with ensuite and some with shared bathrooms. Private twin and double rooms (again, some with ensuite and some with shared bathrooms) can also be booked. Disabled facilities are available – please contact the YHA directly for details.

While staying at the YHA, guests can enjoy a barista style coffee and cooked breakfast at the Drifter’s Café in the morning and return in the evening for happy hour drink discounts between 5-6 pm. Or if you prefer to self-cater, there is a fully ‘kitted-out’ commercial-style kitchen with outdoor patio and city views. The Coles grocery store is a short walk away in The Barracks shopping centre on Petrie Terrace.

The Brisbane City YHA is located about 600m from Roma Street Station and about 2km from QUT Gardens Point. It is about a 20 minute walk to QUT or, if you prefer, a 10 minute bus ride from Roma Street Station. Alternatively, if you’re feeling energetic, you could hire a push bike at the hostel and pedal your way to the symposium!

All symposium delegates are eligible for the YHA discount and Groups Coordinator, Sarah Schatz, is holding 80 beds and several private rooms (both ensuite and with shared bathroom) exclusively for NLS6. However, she is only able to hold these beds for six weeks from when registrations open.

So what are you waiting for? Ring Sarah on 07 3236 1004 or email brisbanecitygroups@yha.com.au to secure your accommodation today. Make sure you advise Sarah that you are with NLS6 so that she can offer you the YHA discount.

Please note that delegates are responsible for their own booking and payment. Anyone booking at the YHA should ensure that they are familiar with the cancellation policy and any other terms and conditions.

Sarah Schatz, Groups Coordinator
BrisbaneCity YHA
392 Upper Roma StBrisbaneQLD 4000
Phone: 07 3236 1004


* Don’t worry – for those of you who are not interested in staying in a backpackers’ hostel, the preferred hotel/apartment venue is coming soon!

 October 5, 2012  Posted by at 9:00 am accommodation, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »