• 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
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  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6
May 142012

The NLS6 Organising Committee met last week to kick off our planning. Here’s what we’re working on at the moment.

Budget and administration

Venues, catering and contracts are being locked down. We’ve been balancing the books to bring you the best possible symposium experience at the lowest possible cost. NLS6 will not cost you the earth, but we will have an earth-shattering program!


Jess and Fiona are looking after the Proposals and Speaker Liaison crew, who are busily preparing a draft call for contributions and working to refine the program model. We have something seriously different in store for you. Start thinking about what you might like to contribute to the NLS6 program!


The Experience team, lead by Alisa and Michelle, are working out the nitty gritty of how they can help you to have a smooth experience as you prepare for your trip to Brisbane, and an awesome time once you get here. They’re going to be bringing you helpful travel information, tips and advice. And they’re also putting together a range of free workshops for NLS6 delegates that will take place the day before the symposium kicks off.


Our Marketing lead Karina is working hard on a marketing plan for the event. She’ll be the one making sure we have good visibility so we can attract a wide range of delegates from different parts of the information professions.


Zaana is working on our sponsorship prospectus and will soon be talking to organisations who’ve already expressed an interest in supporting NLS6.


Our self-proclaimed web monkey Matthias and his co-chair Lisa are working on the symposium website, our proposal submission site and a collaborative space for the committee. They have some pretty cool stuff in the makings so make sure you visit here often.

What’s next?

In keeping with our aim to deliver a very different NLS, in the next few days, you’ll have your first opportunity to input into the direction of the program. Stay tuned for details!

Mar 122012

We’ve had a few people ask about various committee roles so we thought we’d blog about a few of the roles and how we envisage them working.

Proposals and speaker liaison

This role will involve coordinating the proposal submission and review process. This is quite a big job so we’ll need to make sure there is a great team in place to help with it. This role will also involve coordinating a mentoring program for first time presenters – basically, linking them up with someone more experienced and providing them with some resources to help them through the process from proposal to presentation. This will also be the ‘zen person’ who coordinates speakers on the day – making sure they have everything they need and generally keeping them calm and grounded. This might be a two person role, because it’s quite a big portfolio. In this role, you’ll work closely with co-chair Vanessa Warren, who will be coordinating the program.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be an administrative ninja with great communication skills. You’ll also need to be the kind of person who is calm under pressure and a great problem solver. Existing connections in the librarian and information field would help you set up the mentoring program, but if you don’t have those connections, confidence and being unafraid to ask people for what you need will serve you just as well.


This is an enormously important role! Securing sponsorship for NLS6 will help to ease budgetary pressures and ensure we can meet our aim of delivering an affordable professional development opportunity for new graduates. Every sponsorship dollar we secure will help us to add something to the NLS experience. In this role, you’ll work closely with co-chair Kate Davis, who’ll be coordinating the event budget.

This role needs someone who is confident enough to cold call potential sponsors, persistent enough to keep asking even when you’re not having a lot of success, and who can talk the sales talk.


A successful marketing plan will help us attract delegates to the event. In this role, you’ll develop the marketing plan, work with the marketing budget, liaise with designers, coordinate social media marketing and generally ensure that key messages about the event are consistently pushed out in the lead up. You’ll have a team to help you with all this, particularly with disseminating messages and keeping the social media buzz happening.

You’ll need to be creative, strategic and organised. You’ll also need to have strong writing skills and experience with social media.


This role is about making sure delegates have the best posible experience at NLS6. In this role, you’ll be responsible for helping delegates work out how to get to Brisbane for NLS, as well as where to stay and what to do once they’re here. You’ll do things like monitor airline sales and make sure potential NLS delegates know about them; maintain a space full of information about accommodation options and that provides an opportunity for people to connect if they want to organise home stays or accommodation sharing; facilitate information sharing about informal social events; essentially, anything that can help our delegates have a great experience.

We’re also keen to make sure NLS6 is a great value event for delegates. This means that we want to run a range of free or low cost workshops and tours the day before NLS kicks off. Your job will be to coordinate this.

Of course, you won’t have to do all of this on your own! You’ll have a team working with you. We’re also open to the idea of splitting this role in two: experience as one role, and tours and workshops as another.

If you’re interested in the experience role, you’ll probably be based in Brisbane (because you’ll need to know this city!) and you’ll be the kind of person who enjoys travel (and you won’t mind your inbox being full of alerts from airlines and accommodation providers!). Coordinating the tours and workshops will require great organisation skills and a willingness to approach potential speakers.


This one is pretty self explanatory: you’ll be a code monkey with great writing skills and a flair for producing and curating multimedia content. Our site is currently running on WordPress, so experience with WordPress would be advantageous (although you’re welcome to move the site to another CMS if you have something different in mind). You won’t be solely responsible for the site content, but you will be the one who coordinates the whole thing. This role will involve lots of liaison: you’ll work with the marketing team to make the most of social media; you’ll work on the proposal submission site; and you’ll generally come up with options for other Organising Committee members and their website needs.


This role will be really important in the couple of months before the event and during the event itself. You’ll look after volunteer recruitment, roster volunteers, troubleshoot and, essentially, keep everything ticking along. You will be an awesome communicator with great interpersonal skills and a flair for solving problems. This is an enormously important role.

Need more info?

You’re welcome to email us at nls6.alia@gmail.com if you’d like any more information. But really, we want you to tell us how this Organising Committee should run. If you think of a role that’s not in our list – suggest it and express your interest! If you think a function should be managed in a different way than we’ve suggested, we’d like to hear about that, too.

All of these roles need someone to shape them. These are our thoughts about what needs to be done – it’s up to you to add your personal style, highlight what we’ve missed, and bring NLS6 to life!

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.