• 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
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 142012

Thinking of heading to NLS6 and want to be sure that it is the right place for you? Are you heading to Brisbane from out-of-state or even from overseas (head nod to New Zealand & the Pacific Islands-based folks) and need a good reason to convince people to fund you to attend?

I’ve asked two Kiwi New Librarians’ Symposium attendees about their NLS experiences to give you some inspiration. Hana W is based in Wellington (New Zealand). Kim T is based in Melbourne (Australia). Both attended NLS5 in Perth (2011).

What advantages for new librarians do you see from attending a focussed New Grads events such as NLS?

Kim : NLS feels inclusive. It think it is a valuable symposium and it offers something a bit different from conferences like LIANZA or ALIA which are a bit more mainstream. The good thing is that events like NLS are evolving. They look at new ways of getting people involved, such as offering different ways of presenting.

Hana : A networking opportunity! Meeting new people, meeting colleagues in real life and making new friends at these events is what it’s all about. The primary reason I attend conferences is to catch up with friends and meet new ones, secondary being the actual content and speakers.  Perhaps I’m alone in this admittance, but I’m happy to say it.

Kim : I like that fact that the symposium creates a safe, nurturing space for many of the speakers to present for the first time.

Hana : For NLS in particular, it is more of an unhinged sharing opportunity as your manager isn’t likely to be there and everyone is pretty open and up front.  Most people attending NLS are on a similar wave length to you so discussion and ideas for collaboration are all fairly energetic and positive.

Kim : It’s just great to hang out with a bunch of people who are new to the profession, who offer fresh perspectives, openness and an enthusiasm for the job. There is a lot of peer mentoring that goes on at NLS. It’s possible to meet other people a bit like you, facing similar challenges and form alliances to support each other.

What were your highlights from NLS5?

Kim : My highlights included the keynote from Mal Booth (UTS University Librarian) who talked about design thinking and libraries of the future, and meeting David Lee King from Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. They were both engaging, forward thinking and inspirational.

Making connections – a.k.a. meeting tweeps in real life (IRL)

Hana : A big highlight was meeting many of the people that I had been communicating with on Twitter for a couple of years, and just hanging out with them all. It felt so good to be connecting with like minded individuals who are all on the same wave length at NLS.  I really enjoy making connections with other LIS professionals and going to NLS was even more like hanging out with a bunch of mates.

Kim : People from my PLN (personal learning network) were attending NLS5 and it was the chance to catch up with them. It was also the opportunity to meet “in real life” people whose blogs I follow or that I follow on Twitter.

But I am not a new graduate …

Kim : I am not a new graduate any longer but NLS5 was a great conference for me to attend as a library manager because I got to hear new graduates talk about their experiences/perceptions of the profession. Many of my new grad friends and colleagues rave about the conference. I expected it to be good and it was.

Hana : Don’t think about the title new graduate! I enjoyed NLS because it is not limited to new graduates. I attended and I don’t yet have a degree or postgraduate library and information qualification but I found it really helpful, and all the content and presentations relevant to me.

What was the most important lesson you took away from NLS?

Kim : Libraries are changing and librarians need to keep learning and evolving to remain relevant. And your professional association needs you!

Hana : Making connections with our friends in Australia is invaluable.

And a last word from Hana …

Hana : For the Kiwis reading this, I’m encouraging you to go to NLS6, as there has been so few New Zealanders attending NLS (we’ve only found two examples so far). Go on guys, it’s fun hanging out with Aussies, I promise. Bridge the gap, lead the way and get into it so more can follow!

Image of Kim T Kim 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.



Image of Hana W

Hana 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.

 October 14, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am program Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 092012

Interested in helping organise a spectacular New Librarians Symposium? Expressions of interest are now open!

How will the committee work?
The core Organising Committee will be a small group of no more than eight members, with specific roles for each member. We are looking for motivated, creative and collaborative people to lead in the following roles:

  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Website
  • Experience (tours, workshops, travel and social coordination)
  • Proposals and speaker liaison
  • Volunteers

Each member of the Organising Committee will be responsible for chairing a sub-committee related to their role. Sub-committee chairs will be responsible for managing particular aspects of the event organisation and will report regularly to the wider Organising Committee.

Other opportunities to get involved
Not sure about joining the Organising Committee in a leadership role? We’re also looking for people to participate in sub-committees in each area.

In addition to roles on the Organising Committee and sub-committees, there will be numerous opportunities to get involved in shaping the direction of NLS6. We’ll be seeking input from potential delegates throughout the process, and delegates will even have the opportunity to help choose the content for the event.

Do I need to live in Brisbane?
No, the Organising Committee will be a virtual committee. Some roles may be better carried out by someone based in Brisbane, but there are plenty of ways for out-of-towners to contribute.

Who are you looking for?
New graduates, students, and others with an interest in new graduate issues. Members of the Organising Committee must also be personal members of ALIA or another related association.

We are looking for people who have the time and energy to commit to helping organise the event. If you’re interested in a role on the Organising Committee, it is important that you understand the nature of the role and that you will need to invest several hours each week in NLS6 activities.

What do I need to do?
Tell us how you’d like to help! We’re looking for expressions of interest for leadership roles in the Organising Committee and support roles in the sub-committees.

If you’re interested in taking part, we’d like you to identify a specific role on the Organising Committee or a particular sub-committee you’d like to join. Please submit an expression of interest related to your particular area of interest.

If you think of a key role we’ve left off the list, please let us know and express your interest in that role.

You are welcome to express interest in more than one role but please be aware that, due to the workload involved in organising an event like this, it is unlikely that you’ll be allocated more than one area of responsibility.

What do I include in my expression of interest?

Please include:

  • a short CV (no more than two pages)
  • one of the following:
    • a statement of interest in a particular role on the Organising Committee, including an outline of why you are interested in this position and an overview of the skills, knowledge and experience you will bring to the position (no more than one page) OR
    • a statement of interest in joining a particular sub-committee, including an outline of why you are interested in this sub-committee and an overview of the skills, knowledge and experience you will bring to the committee (no more than one page)
  • one of the following:
    • a statement of employer support for your participation on the Organising Committee or sub-committee, including an indication that you will be allowed to undertake some activities on work time OR
    • a statement indicating that you are willing and able to commit your personal time to committee duties over the next 12 months
  • a 100 word statement in response to the question “What would your ideal NLS look like?”

We encourage you to think beyond your experience working in the library and information professions when preparing your expression of interest. Draw on previous careers, committee involvement and any other relevant experience.

Submit your expression of interest by email to nls6.alia@gmail.com.nospam (remove .nospam) by midnight Friday 30 March (UPDATED).

Expressions of interest will be considered by a panel comprised of:

  • Kate Davis (NLS6 co-chair)
  • Vanessa Warren (NLS6 co-chair and NGAC chair)
  • Mel Chivers (NGG coordinator)
  • Christina Granata (ALIA Events Manager)

We’ll let you know the outcome of the process by the end of March.