• 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
Nov 162012

Handy information in your pocket. That’s what you want in a great travel app, isn’t it? Information to keep you moving, help make the most of an experience in a new place or assist with planning. I’m also a stickler for deriving the most value out of each dollar I spend on travel.

On my recent trip overseas I paid attention to the apps I used most often while on the go. The travel apps listed below are my top 5. These are the ones I referred to frequently for answers and tips, so you know these have been road-tested.

1. Evernote (free) – Okay, not travel specific but its versatility meant I could capture signs and directions to my iPhone, my immediate responses and reactions to experiences, which made for easier reflective writing later. After a day at the symposium, no doubt you’ll have invitations to social and networking opportunities in the evenings, so as soon as an idea strikes during the day, record it. You can return to it when you have the time. Rest easier knowing there’s no need to be distracted from your evening conversation because you’re too busy trying to remember what you thought about a discussion, a presentation or comment.

2. Urbanspoon (free) – By far the easiest way I found places to have brekky, lunch or dinner. (Recommendations from locals help also). But if you’re unfamiliar of a city and not sure what’s around the corner from your accommodation, Urbanspoon can help with places near to you, provide indications of price and what others thought about it.

3. Tripadvisor (free) – I don’t book accommodation without checking out reviews first on Tripadvisor. Get reviews and photos from real people on accommodation and attractions around the area. I used Tripadvisor to find popular attractions, and those in and around the neighbourhood I was staying. There’s also a website version, which I actually use most often. I tend to cross check reviews with another handy website – booking.com (there’s an app for that too!).

4. Lonely Planet City Guide ($4.49) – A small price but I wasn’t without a Lonely Planet City Guide on my recent trip. City Guides have essential information for your destination – information about getting around, as well as attractions and walking tours for exploring. I found the City Guide apps helped with ideas for what to do, where things were and planning my sight-seeing. Once downloaded, there are no additional data charges to access the content, great for roaming around.

5. Virgin Australia Flight Specials (free) – This one is probably the most useful airline app I’ve come across so far. Easy search for fares, you can even set up alerts to remind you to grab sale fares for the route to Brisbane or for your favourite destinations. Keep up to date with flight status, manage your booking and check-in for your flight. It’s one jam-packed app!

Other apps specific to Brisbane you can check out are: –

  • South Bank Pocket Guide (free)
  • Airtrain (free)
  • Black and White Cabs (free)
  • Yellow Cabs Brisbane (free)
  • QAGOMA – Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (free)

The Experience team are here to support your planning for your NLS6. Get to know our team members to spot them at the symposium!
And remember, if you have any questions for the Experience team, please send your emails to experience@newlibrarianssymposium.com.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 12:00 pm planning, travel, your nls6 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 312012

As a student or new graduate, there are some obvious personal benefits to attending NLS6 :

  • contribute to your own professional development
  • build your professional networks with other students, new graduates and potential managers (both Australians and Kiwis)
  • get enthused about your profession and have an amazing few days with the future faces of our industry

But how do you convince your boss? We have put together some resources to help you convince your employer that it is a worthwhile investment to support you to attend NLS6.

To secure funding from your employer you need first to do some research and put forward a watertight case that will prove it is in the interests of your organisation that you attend NLS6.

Mylee Joseph has some fantastic tips and leading questions to get you started Making a Case for Attending a Conference.

1. Research your organisation’s policies/procedures
What do you need to do to apply? Even if there isn’t a formal application process, you are more likely to succeed if you put in a formal application.

2. Research NLS
Look through the program and look for papers that are relevant to your role and/or your library.  Think about it from your managers perspective. Can you relate anything back to your own role/library.

3. What can you give back?
Few people are given Professional development funding without promising something in return. Don’t assume you can’t offer anything because you are in an entry level role – a fresh perspective can be invaluable.
Presentations to staff and reports on what you have learnt are often suggested or required, but think about what small project you could carry out that would have practical results:
– Build a wordpress site for your library after going to Kathryn Greenhill’s workshop
– Check your library’s copyright compliance after attending Ellen Broad’s workshop
– Investigate how your library could implement a virtual storytime with Michelle Collins and Regine Karantzas

4. Plan and budget
Draw up an approximate budget of what it will cost to attend NLS6: registration, accommodation, travel, food, taxis to/from airport. Check out the deals we have arranged and see if there are any sales online for nearby accommodation or travel.

ALA have provided a useful sample memo for attending conferences.  You can use this as inspiration or a base and amend this as needed to make your case to attend NLS6 (make sure you adjust it to NLS6 and to your own application). Access in Google Docs here.

See your application as a negotiation process. If your manager can’t justify funding your entire NLS6 application, see if they can pay a section or even just give you conference leave (instead of annual leave) while you fund yourself. Recognise that you may have to put in some extra work outside of work hours to get your application ready and on your return fulfilling all those promises you made to get funding/leave.

Give it a go!
Many libraries will have a budget for staff professional development and it is always worth trying, there might be a bit left over that needs to be spent before the end of 2012!

Don’t lose hope. Putting in an application to attend NLS6 shows your managers that you are eager to develop your career and attend events and the next time you apply for something you might be successful.

Check out our other posts on tips for self funding and other funding possibilities.

 October 31, 2012  Posted by at 11:00 am planning, 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 »
Sep 182012

Well we might have been quiet lately but rest assured we will be no longer! The NLS6 organising committee have been VERY busy behind the scene indeed. Let’s see, there’s the Proposal Team who have been overworked with the difficult job of choosing which speaker proposals are in or out; the Experience Team, preparing to create the best symposium experience ever for all of you potential delegates; and the Web Team, who are gearing up and getting the website ready for the opening of registrations – not long to go now! Oh, and we mustn’t forget the coming revelation of our awesome keynotes. We are very excited indeed! And we can’t wait to reveal them to you – very, very soon.


 September 18, 2012  Posted by at 1:11 pm committee, planning Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »