• 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
Jan 282013

So you’ve just qualified as a library technician – what now? Do you want to learn about career options? Take on some professional development? Network with others in the same situation as yourself?

The 6th New Librarians Symposium (NLS6) can help you do all of this, and the great thing is, the conference is not just for librarians (despite the misleading conference title). Library technicians are more than welcome to attend and I believe they should. Why? Library technicians often have a unique perspective on the industry, and it would be great to see their fresh ideas and energy at the symposium.

Being a new graduate can be tough no matter which course you have graduated from, and events like the NLS6 can help technicians in so many ways. You can find out about the issues that are confronting the libraries at large, get unique perspectives from industry leaders and attend workshops that give you important workplace skills. Who knows it might even give you an edge answering a question in an interview or taking on a new project at work.

I’d love to see lots of new graduates at the conference, whatever course you have graduated from, and it’s not too late to register (ends 8th February)! Look forward to seeing you all there!


Claire has always been passionate about libraries and library work. She qualified as a library technician after leaving high school in 1997. Claire has held library assistant and library technician positions in academic, public, special and school libraries.

In 2011 she was the Social and Tours co-ordinator for the Back to Basics National Library and Information Technicians conference held in September. After graduating at the end of 2011 with a Graduate Diploma of Science (Information Services), Claire is currently working as Assistant Branch Librarian at Osborne Park Public Library. Interests outside work include sailing, scrapbooking and barracking for the Dockers :). She is also delivering a presentation  titled: ‘Know thy technician: examining working relationships between librarians and library technicians’ on the NLS6 showcase session.

Jan 272013

I feel like a fraud. I’m presenting at NLS6 and I’m still in the process of studying my Grad Dip in Library and Information Studies. It may be that I’m a very convincing fraud or that the skills I gained from my previous industry had put me in good stead for my new career choice. I like to think it is the latter.

I came from the museum industry and to be honest the leap from museums to libraries wasn’t huge but if you have come from the police like my, “We’re not from around here” co-presenter Raylene Jensen, the leap was far greater. She probably has better conflict management skills than I do.  However, my project management skills have enabled me to step into a temporary role of program development officer for the Gold Coast Library Services. Furthermore, the network of contacts from the arts and cultural industries has meant that I have been able to co-ordinate exhibitions and performance in libraries.

So, if you are coming to NLS as an “outsider” or a new graduate be aware that there is a need for your skills, be they from business, sporting, arts or elsewhere. Raylene and I will be talking about the benefits of coming from other industries and not being afraid to take chances in your new career choice.


Sophie Gow has a background in museum curatorship and event organisation, working for not for profit arts organisations and the peak industry body for museums and galleries in Queensland.  After successfully getting a job as a library assistant for Gold Coast Libraries the natural progression was to take over the library service. Sophie is currently embarking on her Grad Dip in Library Studies, which in many ways is not such a leap from museum management.



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Jan 202013

Hmm…New Librarian Symposium that sounds like an interesting conference but wait I cannot attend because I am just a library technician…

Sounds familiar to you?  I am here to tell you that NLS6 is for everyone.  Who am I? I was a library technician and I really wish that I attended more conferences and symposiums earlier on in my career as an information professional instead of thinking I could not attend because I thought I was not a qualified librarian.

NLS6 is different to other conferences as it is not just focused on issues affecting libraries, it expands beyond that.   We have sessions on how to build a professional online identity, how to find balance in your life and how to make your dreams a reality.

Throughout the symposium, there will be networking opportunities. For example, there will be a game where all delegates are encouraged to meet new faces and then add the interaction to the butcher paper wall.  Sounds cool doesn’t it? Want to know more then come along to NLS6 and join in the fun. You’ll be surprised at how many library technicians you might actually meet!

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Jan 112013

So you think that NLS6 is only for “new” “librarians”? We’d like to dispel that myth.

We know the title is a bit misleading… But titles aside, NLS is relevant to you, regardless of whether or not you call yourself a librarian, a library technician, an archivist, a researcher, or something in between.

So you’re not a librarian?

In fact, you don’t even work in a library? Don’t panic, neither do we! The NLS6 organising committee is comprised of lecturers, students, research officers, teaching and learning specialists, as well as a few librarians. We represent the diversity of the information professions and we have all brought our diverse interests and expertise to the table in developing the NLS6 program.

You might also be interested to note that our keynote speakers aren’t all librarians. In fact, we deliberately selected keynote speakers from outside librarianship to challenge delegates to ‘be different’. Check out the bios of the keynote speakers to see who they are and a get a sense of what they will offer.

We reflected on this notion of non-librarian-ness in an earlier blog post, and we want to reiterate that NLS6 has a much broader reach than simply those who have librarian in their job title.

Libraries are only one context for information work, and librarians are only one type of information worker. NLS6 has something to offer all types of information workers: data managers, knowledge workers, information architects, archivists, learning officers, research specialists, as well as all the specialisations that exist within any of these branches and the countless others that make up the library and information professions. The lines between these roles are blurrier than ever and it is at the intersections and emergences – and all the glorious debate and messiness therein – of these paths that the really interesting questions about our fundamental professional goals, identities and practices lie.

There are plenty of people presenting and attending NLS6 who might not necessarily label themselves as a librarian. One of our workshop presenters, Kathryn Greenhill, reflected on this very topic in her August 2012 blog postDo I still consider myself to be a librarian?

So check out the presenters who are library technicians, people who’ve switched careers and retrained, and get ready to meet project coordinators, data curators and research officers, to name a few non-librarians in the program line-up.

So you aren’t ‘new’ to the profession?

You might be new to your role as a manager. You might be an emerging leader. You might have made a sideways shift into your current role, so are still feeling ‘new’ in that sense. Perhaps you’re a library technician who just qualified as a librarian and you’re looking forward to the next phase in your career. Or you might be reimagining your career and looking for inspiration. With our focus on leadership, the future, and being different, NLS has something for you.

If you are worried that you haven’t finished studying or haven’t got a job in a library yet – don’t be! There are a lot of students registered for NLS6 – after all, this is a great way to start building a strong network in the industry. We have special student rates and we think this will be a fantastic introduction (or initiation) into the ‘library’ world.

Historically NLS has been targeted at recent graduates, and we have developed a program that will appeal to new professionals and people who’ve been in the profession for a little while and are looking to step up to their next challenge. But one of the best things about NLS is that it’s a fabulous networking space because it attracts senior members of the information professions, too. NLS6 has had an unprecedented level of support from senior members of the professions, and we are seeing these people register for the Symposium. If you’re not a new graduate, come to NLS6 to be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our delegates, come to take advantage of our stellar program, and come to find out who the bright new stars of this profession are.

Not young enough?

NLS is not a conference for ‘bright young things’, it’s a conference for ‘bright information professionals’. You don’t have to be young to attend NLS – in fact, we value the diversity of the age profile NLS attracts. For many of us, ‘librarianship’  is not our first career, and people transitioning into a second or third career have something to offer the rest of us. While the average age of an NLS delegate might be younger than most ALIA or LIANZA conferences, the Symposium attracts a wide spectrum of ages and we love that!

Regardless of what your job title says, there’s plenty to delve into at NLS6

Learn about leadership. Discuss copyright. Find out about using social media effectively. Discover the secrets to successful networking. Investigate collaborative learning opportunities. Be inspired to publish. Think differently about your career, our profession, the world.

Register here to join us and spread your wings with other enthusiastic NLS6 participants.


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