• 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
Sep 122013

Keynote libraries go global – Ingrid Parent

Being seen and heard: a workshop across two conferences– Kathyrn Greenhill, Molly Tebo

Many are called to follow but few are choosing to lead–  Grace Saw, Heather Todd, Janine Schmidt, Vicki McDonald

Young leadership: coming up from underneath – Lenore O’Connor, Reenah Lampert

We’re not from around here! – Raylene Jensen, Sophie Gow

Good guessing: predicting the future for librarians– Anneleise Allcock, Kathryn Frame

Inspiring the leap into law librarianship – sex, drugs and law reports– Holger Aman

Embracing change in libraries– Karen Beath

5 reasons why you should consider becoming a health librarian – Suzanne Lewis

Engaging clients with social media: updating your relationship status – Tegan Darnell


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Feb 132013

Chess, releasing a fear of failure, endless possibilities and defining success. Our keynotes this afternoon certainly made us think…..and think real hard about our future and the future of the profession. Don’t wait for a hero. Be the hero.

Catch up or re-live the adventure that was embracing change, embracing the future and believing in ourselves to do what’s right.

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Feb 082013

You are invited to participate in a very brief survey aimed at collecting some anecdotal information from people who feel passionate about the information profession. It is aimed at people already working in, or at students wishing to work in, libraries or related organisations. Further, more in depth, research into this topic is likely to be conducted at a later stage.

It is anticipated that the survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Please go to the link below to participate BEFORE FEBRUARY 13, 2013.


Thankyou in anticipation,

Sue Reynolds (RMIT University), Bernadette Welch (RMIT University) and Mary Carroll (CSU).

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Feb 032013

Thank you to Elsevier who are a Premium Sponsor for NLS6, generously supporting our social barbecue. This sponsor guest post is authored by Linda Dunne, Senior Account Manager and edited by David Stammers, Account Manager and Macy Lee, Customer Development Executive from Elsevier.

Greetings my fellow librarians, we are really excited to have the opportunity to meet and interact with you all at the upcoming library symposium being held at QUT.

I was asked by my colleagues to create a ‘blog’ which for me is a first I have to say! What I thought might interest you, as you enter into your library careers, is a snippet of my personal experience and insights from quite a few years in the industry both as a librarian and also as a vendor.

For me it all started during high school in NZ at the local public library mending children’s picture books. It then became a job during varsity long vacations and how I remember the joys of shelving and issuing books at the circulation desk and filing into the card catalogue! How things have changed since then!

To set the scene following several years as a Science Librarian, I’m now firmly entrenched in vendor land. Did she move across to the dark side I hear you say? Well I don’t see it that way and will explain why ….

Firstly I am passionate about my chosen profession and the service we provide to our readers, students, and academics, really whoever it is we serve. In short, it’s in my DNA and I am passionate about it.

I see working for Elsevier as really just an extension of my previous library roles in that we serve not just end users but the librarians and researchers themselves. These days most institutions are heading, if they aren’t already there, to an ‘e’ preferred policy so my role involves keeping up with technology and being able to talk the talk not just externally but internally with our product development teams who need to know what our clients are thinking, where they are heading and what we can do to assist them. Personally, and please don’t tell my product development colleagues, I still enjoy picking up an old fashioned book, that’s me but times are a changing! Books are no longer physical but electronic and the world of ‘e’ is also changing classroom style. ScienceDirect no longer offer only just journals and eBooks but it is expanding the product to eTextbooks and the latest legacy collection to continue to meet the needs of our market.

Words of advice…

So as you enter into your library careers, and how I envy the journey you are about to begin, my advice is to think outside the box and explore opportunities not just within the library itself but in those professions that work alongside or support the library. Eight years down the track I’m still firmly entrenched in the industry I love, regularly meet up with both old and new friends and am constantly amazed at the technological developments driving us into 2013 and beyond.

Jan 292013

Thank you to the National Library of Australia who are a Premium Sponsor for NLS6, generously supporting our fantastic day of Workshops. This sponsor guest post is authored by Sarah Schindeler, Digital Services Librarian, National Library of Australia.

Innovation is something that librarians know they need. We talk about it, sometimes in almost hallowed terms, as if it is magical or miraculous. Of course it’s neither of these things but it is as challenging as it is rewarding. Innovating as an early career librarian means:

  • dealing with uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of failure.
  • making a case for doing something differently and framing it in the context of culture, practical realities and timing.
  • being conscious of change management and helping others see how things could be done differently.

When author Rajiv Malhotra’s pitched his book ‘Being Different’ to his publishers, they told him that it would be far more successful if he named it ‘Being same’.  Innovation goes hand-in-hand with change and a willingness to be different in the face of opposition, both of which are quite terrifying concepts.

Last year the National Library decided to be a little bit different by using stop-motion animation in a series of instructional web videos. Our team loved them but they were rather cheeky and a definite departure from our previous YouTube content. Some of us were quietly nervous. What if nobody watched them? (they did) Worse, what if they hated them? (they didn’t).

There’s always a certain degree of risk. Take the success story that is the Trove discovery service as an example. There have been other discovery services in the past that were also innovative but never really took off. Trove’s success can be attributed, in part, to a somewhat risky venture into crowd-sourcing. Librarians don’t find it easy to relinquish control and trust our patrons. However, the initial fears of widespread spamming were never realized and today, Trove is an award-winning free discovery service that is used and enhanced by millions of people.

I feel for early career librarians who are keen to innovate but are held back not only fear of failure but by a lack of resourcing and lack of support. There are particular challenges around innovating from the bottom upwards but whenever I hear ‘my boss won’t let me’ I’m reminded of some excellent advice Seth Godin wrote in the Guardian a few years ago. The following quote gets to the heart of the matter:

“But wait!” I hear you say. “My boss won’t let me. I want to do something great, but she won’t let me.”

This is, of course, nonsense. Your boss won’t let you because what you’re really asking is: “May I do something silly and fun and, if it doesn’t work, will you take the blame – but if it does work, I get the credit?” What would you say to an offer like that?

The alternative sounds scary, but I don’t think it is. The alternative is to just be remarkable. Go all the way to the edge. Not in a big thing, perhaps, but in a little one. Find some area where you have a tiny bit of authority and run with it. After you succeed, you’ll discover you’ve got more leeway for next time. And if you fail? Don’t worry. Your organisation secretly wants employees willing to push hard even if it means failing every so often.

Innovating as a new librarian may be difficult but it doesn’t require creative genius, just patience, persistence, a tolerance for risk, and a willingness to lead from the ground up and invest in helping others see your point of view. As the proverb says, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If we remain rigid and unwilling to work to make our ideas happen, then we are disadvantaging ourselves from meeting and exceeding the needs of our patrons now and into the future.


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Dec 242012

Sometimes there are opportunities for you to ‘give back’ to your profession.  It might be volunteering your time and expertise on a committee or a board, it might be mentoring a colleague, it might mean attending an event or just sharing the experience.

In late November, fellow senior professionals from the Brisbane region along with accompanying new professionals shared in a special anniversary, celebrating with a small gathering on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the ALIA New Librarian’s Symposium (the first was held 6-7 December 2002).

The generous donations from that evening has meant that we have been able to fund three registration scholarships for NLS6 in February 2013 for self-funding delegates (through the ALIA Queensland Group).

I encourage you all to be generous to the profession whenever you can.  I am very much looking forward to meeting NLS6 delegates in beautiful Brisbane very soon.

Sue Hutley  @suehutley
1st NLS Convenor

….and so after much deliberation, the panel couldn’t decide on just three so we managed to squeeze in four deserving recipients of these registration scholarships. The winners are:

  • Lyndelle Gunton
  • Julie Rankin
  • Tegan Darnell
  • Ashleigh McKergow

Winners will be contacted by the committee chairs in the next few days to make arrangements.

Congratulations to these lucky ducks! And many thanks to all those who applied. We know it’s sometimes tough to self-fund to conferences and the like, however you only need to see the program and workshops on offer to know that this New Librarians’ Symposium is insanely value for money. How often do you get this good of a deal? Think of this as an investment, make the most of the experience and continue building yourself as an information professional.

Save yourself some $$, buy yourself that well-deserved end of year pressie and invest in your future before early bird registrations close at the end of December!

Jun 252012

What does NLS mean to me?

I still vividly remember the feeling I had walking into the conference room at the very first NLS in Brisbane in 2002.  The energy, enthusiasm and passion in the room was HIGH and SO different to any other professional event I’d been to.  This was back in the days before Twitter, Facebook or PLNs, and at that point there wasn’t even an ALIA New Graduates Group – no way for new graduates to easily connect and share experiences across the country.  So for me, NLS was initially all about the real personal value of connecting with a wide professional peer group, to share ideas, goals, questions & inspiration (and of course, a cocktail or two!)

Later, when I convened the 2nd NLS in Adelaide in 2004, NLS was also a great learning experience in how to put up my hand and take risks, work within a national organisation like ALIA, work with a large committee, manage a significant budget, source international speakers and collaborate with some amazing and dynamic colleagues.  It gave me a depth of experience which I never would have gained in my day-job, and I think helped me step up to a management role more quickly than I otherwise would.  10 years later, I look back and realise that it was through NLS that I formed really valuable professional relationships, networks and friendships that are still important today and will last me throughout my career.

Why did I get involved in NLS?

Well, I am someone who likes to volunteer for things – I’m not sure you could have stopped me! 😉 It was a frustrating time to be a new graduate employment-wise, but rather than complaining, I wanted to do something positive.  I was really excited to be involved at a time where there were a lot of new developments at ALIA for new graduates – NGAC had just been established, work was just beginning on a New Graduates Group, and ALIA leadership were extremely supporting and encouraging of new grads. It was immensely satisfying to be involved in all of these initiatives and now, years later, it’s great to see new grads are now strongly represented on local groups, committees and advisory committees throughout the Association.  There are lots of possibilities to make a difference by getting involved, and it is rewarding to see the end results.

How would I like to see NLS develop?

I think it is up to each generation of new grads to define where they want NLS to go and what role they need it to play.  The environment has changed a lot from 2002, and there are more ways a new graduate can feel connected and engaged with their peers now than were available to us ten years ago.  However, I’d hope that NLS continues to offer a space where new grads can get together, share ideas, contribute and feel welcomed into the wider profession.  I think it’s also a fantastic supportive place where new grads can test out their budding presentation skills among peers.  I would note that it is important to see NLS as just an entrance, not the whole professional experience! The NLS vibe is often so enjoyable that some people would rather stay in the “new graduate” zone when in fact it can be the first of many steps into the profession as a whole and all that it can offer.


Kate (second from the left in both photos) with other NLS convenors and committee members


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