• 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
Feb 252013
 

Hello library friends,

So, we’re back from NLS6, and I’ve managed to finally write this post. I could say it was the #NLS6plague that made me miss the 48 hour window of opportunity Garry Conroy-Cooper taught us about during the Librarians We Love panel, or the fact that I was busy creating a zombie horde for UTS Play Day  and teaching classes for the start of session… But those would just be excuses, and one of the things that I think we all learned from NLS6 was to stop talking, and start doing.

I’ve been asked to share how I “Do Different”. I’m going to be honest – this mostly involves doing sketchnotes while I’m at conferences.

Librarians We Love  [sketchnotes]

Ellen Forsyth, Garry Conroy-Cooper, Kathryn Greenhill, Kim Tairi, Mylee Joseph, Paul Brown & Sue Hutley panel

I do these for a couple of reasons. One is that when I used to type up my notes, I would never look at them again because they were boring, no matter how awesome the session was. Drawing my notes forces me to listen and makes me engage with the content more. Because there is such a limited space, I have to really listen to figure out what the key parts are, and how I’d like to represent them within one iPad screen. Ashley England, my partner in library crime helps when I’ve been distracted drawing a Delorean for 10 minutes and missed a really good point.

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Feb 212013
 

Wow, what a show! During the Symposium I tried to attend everything I could- if only I could defy space and time and attend everything.

I started off with the workshops. First with Show me the evidence! With Suzanne Lewis which was a great way to understand how libraries should be making decisions. I also attended the workshop Designing the future vision of librarians with Sarah Drummond and Zanna Howard- it was a laugh a minute.

The breakout sessions were so hard to choose ~ there were just so many sessions I was interested in. Some of my favourite sessions include Holger Amans session Inspiring the leap into law librarianship– sex, drugs and law reports and excellent presentations and workshops from Bonnie Heim, Freya Lucas and Erin Findlay.

The keynotes were also of particular excellence. I enjoyed Stuart Candy’s presentation on the future of the libraries looking 10,000 years into the future and Ruth Kneal‘s keynote on alternative librarian lifestyles that looked at exciting carers such as a beer or wine librarian.

One of the best things about attending the conference was meeting so many amazing people. It was great to meet new people from all different areas in the library world including people that has just started studying or looking into a library career. I’m so glad that I was able to attend the Symposium and learn how “to be different”.

 February 21, 2013  Posted by at 11:00 am get involved, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Feb 202013
 

Looking back over my notes from NLS6 I was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of quality speakers I got to experience within such a short space of time. So many people presented each with so much to offer. As a student relatively new to library studies this experience was both intimidating and inspiring. I learnt so much. However, there were a few things that really stood out.

Mistakes should be turned into learning experiences. To hear this from a number of people who have been in the industry for quite some time was liberating. As a new student who is about to start job hunting within the industry, it’s nice to know that the pressure is off, I don’t have to be perfect and know the best way things should be done immediately, rather I need to strive to do the right thing and be willing to learn from any failures along the way.

Actively seek out opportunities. Opportunities won’t always fall into my lap, sometimes I’ll have to actively look for them in order to grow my skill set and challenge myself. There are so many opportunities out there and the more I become involved in them the more new opportunities will open up to me.

Network like crazy. Networking is important, super important, and as it turns out, it’s also rather fun! Networking isn’t just a way to find new job opportunities, but it opens up the possibility of learning from other peoples’ experiences. By choosing to network I’m opening myself up to a whole wealth of knowledge. People have a lot to offer and I need to seek out what they can teach me. This way, I’ll be a better librarian and a better person from it.

Everyone has their own path to follow.  My own individual journey will be different from everyone else’s. I can learn from them, but I shouldn’t let anyone else’s experiences dictate how my own path pans out. Instead I should relish that I’m different and let my own individual path be a reflection of who I am as a person.

I’m sad NLS6 is over, but I’m so very glad I impulsively chose to go. I learnt so much and met so many wonderful people who encouraged me and inspired me to keep moving forward. This really was the perfect start to the year, it inspired me to go forward into the job hunt and BE BOLD (with bananas)*.

*Note: Be bold with bananas is a reference to one of the conference sessions, for further information I would suggest twitter #beboldwithbananas…you’re welcome.

 

 

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Feb 192013
 

I didn’t just do my job….I did my job right       Jenica Rogers @ the final keynote of NLS6

Of all the fabulous speakers I listened to over NLS6, it is this statement by Jenica Rogers that has stayed with me in the time that has passed since the conference finished. While I am still an LIS student I also have a day job and the simplicity of this idea, of doing my job right, really struck a chord. Am I just doing my job at work and in my study? Or am I doing my work and study “right”? Upon reflection, I think there is always room for improvement. It’s a matter of being aware, of questioning the way I go about my decision making and problem solving, whether working or studying, and being honest as to whether I am doing a job I can be proud of or whether I am just going through the motions. This was definitely a consciousness raising moment for me and will continue to be so as I move forward in 2013.

There were plenty of other inspirational moments. Ellen Broad’s amazing workshop on copyright in our swiftly changing digital landscape was not just impressive because of her ability to impart gallons of relevant, thought-provoking information. It also meant I can no longer look at any image anywhere and wonder whether there is a copyright infringement happening. If that isn’t a consciousness-raising exercise then I don’t know what is. Similarly, Sue Gardner’s elegant keynote on Wikimedia and the responsibility we have as future LIS professionals to create the Wikipedia we deserve again made me reflect on how much responsibility I actually take for the circulation of information and the creation of knowledge. I returned to my day job and talked the ears off anyone who would listen about the value of Wikipedia and its underlying philosophy of social justice and access to information for all. Once again, something that hadn’t been on my radar was now front and centre. I resolved to explore the possibility of becoming a Wikipedian. Consciousness. Raised.

Apart from the speakers and their presentations there was one other aspect of NLS6 that struck me. Warmth. Now, those of you who attended will know I’m not talking about the temperature in the lecture theatres. That was icy and I was glad I took a cardigan. But the people – from the delegates, to the speakers, to the amazingly hard-working organizing committee – managed to create an atmosphere so welcoming it was almost overwhelming. Meeting and talking with people face to face, most of whom I had only interacted with online, was a privilege and a joy. And even though I’m not yet working in the LIS sector, I felt a sense of belonging that I haven’t experienced for some time. As a result I returned to my daily life resolved to work hard at my studies and to be braver in my personal and professional life. In short, at NLS6 I found the inspiration that I had been looking for to make a concerted effort to start doing things “right”.

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Feb 012013
 

The web team has been busy, behind the scenes, to put together a web app for you to use during the Symposium.

The app lets you access:

  • A customisable schedule
  • Speaker bios and Twitter feeds
  • The NLs6 Twitter stream
  • Other handy information

Customising the schedule is super easy. Simply tap the star on the top-right of the screen when you’re viewing a session and it will be added to your custom schedule. Then, when you’re viewing the whole schedule, you can tap the star on the top right to display only your starred sessions.

  

How awesome is that?

To access the app, scan the QR code below or, visit bit.ly/nls6app on your mobile device (Safari or Chrome on iOS or Android devices. Sorry, Windows Phone users, but Internet Explorer is not supported).

We’re still making some tweaks here and there, but the schedule is in its final form and good to go!

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Jan 312013
 

Hi- Kate from NGAC here.  Today we introduce Emily, and her $500 runner-up winning entry.  We loved her creativity and sense of humour.  Have a look below at her entry- we think she should invent a real (drinkable) version!  On behalf of ALIA, NGAC and the NLS6 committee, a well deserved congratulations.

-Kate Freedman, NGAC Chair.

 Here’s to the Symposium

When I initially saw the call for entries to NGAC’s travel bursary competition I was hesitant. My student brain was in full holiday swing and the thought of creatively responding to the theme ‘be different’ was daunting, I promptly forgot about it. Sometime later I saw a reminder and with impending car registration the idea of financial aid of any kind was very appealing. Nothing I thought of seemed particularly inspired or “different”. The evening following I happened to be spending the night with three close friends (my pseudo housemates). Between discussing my upcoming trip and their good humoured mocking of my insistence in calling it a ‘Symposium’ we found ourselves on Wikipedia (the final, if not somewhat iffy destination of many a modern discussion). To our delight we discovered that in Ancient Greece a Symposium was, among other things, a drinking party! It was from this that my idea evolved… I would create a cocktail, the unofficial beverage of the NLS6!

INTRODUCING FRUIT SYMPOSIA

http://spoonforkladle.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/fruitsymposia.jpg

Although creating a cocktail was rather a light-hearted approach to the competition it enabled me to allude to key elements of the upcoming NLS6, especially the coming together of individuals to share ideas and inspire one another to move forward into the future of librarianship, consequently the Symposium is still to this day like a drinking party (albeit with less alcohol…). As individuals we come together and share a little part of ourselves with one another. Through the Symposium this sharing will encourage and inspire us to move forward, to take what we learned, combine it creatively with our own unique approaches and as a result we will ‘be different’.

As a student relatively new to the information profession (I’m just about to commence my second semester of a Master of Information Management) I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to attend an event full of individuals who care about the information profession, who understand the industry and who are willing to engage with others in looking optimistically towards the future. I hope to learn more about what the future might look like for librarians and what my individual role in that future may be. I am eager to hear stories of the different approaches to embrace the information chaos of the modern world. I want to learn from others, and through learning from others I hope and trust that I will in turn be inspired to ‘be different’.

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Jan 252013
 

You’ve registered for the symposium and you are excited about it.  Three whole days of learning and discovering the issues that affect information professionals.  But you’re also nervous, because you have never been to a symposium before. What to expect? Who will I meet?

It sounds overwhelming but it is vital to network when attending professional events such as the New Librarians’ Symposium.  It’s a tough time in the job market.  However networking opens the door to jobs and sectors you never knew existed.  You can meet people who can become lifelong friends or even your future employer.  The possibilities are endless, and with social media, it has never been easier to keep in contact with people.

Not convinced? Picture this – being in a room where everyone knows each other except you.  The feeling of being the odd one out does not sit well.  That is how I felt when I attended a professional development session.  Fortunately, I received some wise words from a liaison librarian based in Saskatchewan, Canada who helped me overcome this situation.  She advised me to become more involved in my profession and industry. She told me to NETWORK.

This is what I did:

  • I opened up a Twitter account and started following random people in my industry.
  • I created a Linkedin profile and joined some of the Information and Knowledge Management groups such as CILIP and IFLA.   
  • Created a business card highlighting my qualifications and my skills and handed these out to conference delegates and keynotes. Be confident – know who you are and what you can offer.

You have done all that and are at the symposium and you are surrounded by people you have never met before. Anxiety hits and thoughts such as these may rush through your head:

‘What happens if I don’t know anyone?’

‘Why would anyone want to listen to me?’

‘I’m not important.’

My advice is to take a deep breath, then approach people and introduce yourself.  Sure it will be awkward, but it is better than missing the opportunity.  If in the first few minutes of introducing yourself, the person does not say much, feel free to excuse yourself.  It is not rude to walk away politely if the conversation is forced and the answers you receive are short.

And if you’re stuck, here are some icebreakers to think about:

  • After introductions, ask them (if you are at the symposium) what sessions they will be attending
  • Follow on with the question – what kind of services do your organisation offer?
  • If they are wearing something interesting, comment on it.  You just never know where it will take you.

So there you go. Just some networking strategies to think about. Maybe you have your own, why not share these with us! I’m really excited and can’t wait to meet you all at NLS6!

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Jan 182013
 

With just a few weeks to go before we kick-start our awesome Symposium, we are very excited to announce our final keynote speaker – Sue Gardner.

Sue is the current Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia. She joined the foundation in 2007 and since then has increased the foundation’s readership and has raised $23 million in revenue. She was especially noted in the Forbes magazine as the person who “led the Wikipedia blackout in protest against SOPA” in 2012. Furthermore, in that year she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world!

A veteran journalist, she previously led the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation‘s website and online news outlets before joining Wikimedia.

So NLS6 delegates and attendees, start thinking about all the questions you want to ask Sue. In the meantime, we invite you to read her blog and follow her on Twitter @SuePGardner.

Sue, we are looking forward to meeting you at NLS6 in Brisbane in February 2013.

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Jan 142013
 

Ryan Donahue image We’re thrilled to begin the new year off with the introduction of our sixth keynote speaker for NLS6 – Ryan Donahue, senior information systems developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ryan Donahue is super interested in messy cultural data. In his present role at the Met, Ryan is working on heaps of messy data problems, including enterprise data integration, linked data, emerging cultural heritage data standards, and standardized data for scholarly publications.

Previously, Ryan worked for the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York, where he managed the George Eastman House website, collections management system, digital asset management system and various in-gallery interactives. He was also involved in crafting strategies for digital collecting, collection dissemination and the overall IT infrastructure.

When we asked Ryan, what does it mean to you to ‘be different’, this was his response :

Being different is about taking full advantage of the paradigm shift of the digital turn. It’s an opportunity to take an objective look back at the cultural sector and assess our actual successes and failures. It’s also about reassessing the boundaries between Museums, Libraries and Archives in the digital world, and how we can best position ourselves in collaboration to tackle the mighty challenges of digital preservation looming on the horizon.

So folks, your mission now is to follow Ryan on Twitter (you’ll find him online @RyanD), and start planning all the questions you want to ask him, like what the heck is “messy cultural data” and how do we make sense of it.

Ryan, we’re really looking forward to seeing you next month at NLS6 in Brisbane.

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Jan 132013
 

Can’t make it to NLS6? You can still come to a workshop and the Symposium barbecue!

Workshops

We have opened up registrations for half and full day workshops for people who are not attending NLS6. These workshops will take place on Saturday 9 February (the day before the Symposium starts). While our workshops are geared towards new graduates, the topics are of broader appeal. Our facilitators are experts in their fields, both in Australia and abroad, and the workshops focus on some of the key issues for the information professions right now. Whether you’re a new grad who can’t make it to the whole Symposium or a more experienced information professional looking to kick start your professional development for 2013, we have something to offer you!

Our workshops will cover topics such as leadership, resilience, copyright, research in practice, and professional identity. Check out the full program to see what’s on offer.

Tickets to NLS6 workshops are a steal! We have priced these workshops to sell out and you simply won’t get access to this calibre of speakers anywhere else at these prices.

Half day workshop:

  • Student: $35
  • Standard: $45

Full day workshop:

  • Student: $65
  • Standard: $95

If you are finding it hard to choose a topic, we have a few tips to help you make that right decision.

Made your decision? Then register now! The number of workshop places available to people not attending the full Symposium are extremely limited, so get in quick!

Barbecue

Are you coming to Brisbane for Information Online? Are you a local who would like to take advantage of a great networking opportunity? You can buy a ticket to the NLS6 barbecue (our version of the traditional conference dinner) for just $18. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with new graduates, seasoned professionals, and our awesome speakers. The BBQ will be held from 5.30pm on Monday 11 February at QUT Gardens Point campus. Register now!

 January 13, 2013  Posted by at 11:00 am program, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »