• 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 062013

Haven’t tweeted at a professional event before? Or just in need of a re-cap? Here’s your social media guide to NLS6.

Okay, the basics first.


Key information and updates will be shared via @alianls6. Make sure you’re following us and we’d love to hear about your experience at NLS6!

The ‘conversation’

Engage with others in the sharing of ideas and content by using the hashtags #nls6sun and #nls6mon. These hashtags will be used throughout the 6th New Librarians’ Symposium, across all social media. You can even follow along by saving a search for #nls6 in your Twitter app. If you plan on live tweeting during NLS6, we’ve found these helpful tips.


Now for the super cool bits….

Capturing the #nls6 story

The #nls6 story will be captured at the end of each day using Storify. A link to the story will be provided via Twitter and embedded into blog posts so you can catch up on all the #nls6 shenanigans. So that makes it doubly important you use the #nls6 hashtag to be part of the story. Make your mark!

Snap and share your #nls6 experience

Get together, meet new people and share your pics of your #nls6 experience. Don’t forget to tag them with #nls6 when you post them online. Each afternoon, we’ll be selecting a ‘pic of the day’.

There will be plenty of Twitter folk handy at NLS6, no shortage willing to help others out with using Twitter. Here are a selection of folks to get you started – follow them to see what they’re up to at NLS6. Kick off a conversation, say ‘hi!’

Keynote speakers

Stuart Candy @futuryst

Ryan Donahue @RyanD

Marcus Foth @sunday9pm

Sue Gardner @SuePGardner

Ruth Kneale @desertlibrarian

Ingrid Parent @ingrid_parent

Jenica Rogers @jenica26

Workshop Presenters & Panelists

Katherine Howard @K1Howard

Eleanor Whitworth  @elewhitworth

Kathryn Greenhill @libsmatter

Kim Tairi @haikugirloz

Ellen Forsyth @ellenforsyth

Sue Hutley @suehutley

Mylee Joseph @myleejoseph

Margaret Warren @mawarre


And just in case you missed it, the hashtag is #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 162013

Last year we asked you to put your thinking caps on for questions for your keynote speakers. We received a range of interesting & thought-provoking questions, and here’s what our fabulous keynote speaker Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, had to say in response. You’d be better ready for some interesting conversations with her at NLS6, she wants to know more from you as well!

What do you know about the LIS scene in Australia? What are you keen to find out?

To be brutally honest, I know very, very little about libraries and librarianship in Australia, and intend to spend the next month doing some research and asking questions of a few of my online friends. That means that I’m seriously eager to learn everything about you all — what’s the same, and what’s different? I’m looking forward to conversations that make me think about divergent perspectives, and interactions that make me think it’s a very small world after all.

Did being named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009 change your life in any way?

2009 was a hell of a year for me. I got the Mover & Shaker award, I applied for and was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Librarian rank, I applied for, interviewed for, and accepted the position of Director of Libraries, I had shoulder surgery and took 5 weeks off work, I went on my first European vacation as an adult, and I divorced my first husband. Given that pile of eventful change and disruption, it’s very hard for me to figure out which pieces affected me in which ways. It was simply a year of change, a year of growth, and a year of strong emotions. Looking back at the last three years, though, I’d say that my job title has far more professional impact than the M&S award does, for librarians — but the M&S award means more to non-librarians who may not understand our professional structures as clearly. I think it signals accomplishment to external audiences in an interesting way.

Were you offered different opportunities as a result?

I was already doggedly chasing the opportunities I wanted when the award came through, and it may be that it was a factor in getting them. I don’t know how to separate my own choices and impacts from what the award added, but I haven’t ever regretted that my friends and colleagues nominated me.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you as a student/new grad?

You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be good. Good is good enough to put yourself out there, and good is enough to start with, and good is enough build on. Just because we as a profession tend toward perfect — perfectly designed policies, systems that do precisely what we expect them to, MARC — doesn’t mean every thing and every person has to be perfect.

Good is good enough. If I’d realized that sooner, I’d have tried more things more often and more quickly, and I would have worried less about my own qualifications for things I wanted to do or be.

What role have mentors played in your professional development?

I’ve learned so very much from my mentors. In my experience, librarianship is a career in which you get educational training that teaches the basic principles of the field and the culture of the profession, and then you take that framework and learn absolutely everything you really need to know on the job. And you learn from your colleagues, from your supervisors, from your employees, from your users… and you learn both good and bad. All of those people are mentors, some explicit and some implicit, but they’re crucial.

In my experience, we learn by watching, we learn by listening, and we learn by being told. Explicit mentors are people who are willing to tell while you watch and listen, and implicit ones are those you just watch and listen to, who don’t know they’re telling. And there’s also amazing learning to be had from watching things go badly, people act thoughtlessly, respond poorly, so while we might not want to call that a mentoring relationship, it’s certainly an avenue for learning.

I also had the astounding luck of having three different supervisors who knew I wanted a leadership role and were willing to help me work at building that skill set — but I also know that my choice to tell them I wanted a leadership role gave them the opportunity to mentor me toward one.

How has career planning made a difference in your professional life?

My friend Jason Griffey once said to me that my career skyrocketed as it did because of the career choices I made, and he’s absolutely right. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I was planning — but I was choosing.

My first job was a holistic technical services librarian position at a very small library. There, straight out of grad school, I learned cataloging, acquisitions, collection development, serials, and weeding — as well as staff management — because in a very small library your job is a lot of things.

I also worked part time as a consultant for a local regional library system that served public as well as academic libraries, and I learned about how different kinds and sizes of libraries really functioned in the world, which was incredibly useful for me to know.

All of that positioned me very well for my first job at SUNY Potsdam — cataloging and collection development librarian — and for my changing job responsibilities as I became Coordinator of Collection Development.  My choice to move to a small regional SUNY school (instead of somewhere larger, more prestigious, more geographically advantageous, etc) meant that I was a solid and known candidate when our Director retired in 2008.

If I’d chosen a different route for myself, I would certainly not have been a library director at age 33. But planning? That’s overstating my forethought. More important, I think, is knowing what I wanted out of my career and putting myself in places where I could get that.  (Griffey’s also right when he says that giving me organizational power is like giving Galadriel the One Ring, but that’s another story.)

What advice can you give for a new grad wanting to stand out from all the other job applicants?

DO STUFF, and then write about it meaningfully.

Every applicant in our job pools in the US has an undergraduate and graduate degree. Some have other advanced degrees, and certificates, and those are interesting — they tell us something about who the candidate is — but what I like more is evidence of success and skill. Library internships. Volunteer work and part time jobs in libraries. Do that stuff, and list it all in meaningful ways. And if your circumstances prevent you from doing more than getting the degree, tell me about those circumstances, too. Did you work at a book store? Describe it in library terms — were you assisting customers with reader’s advisory, or buying materials to suit the local population? Or maybe you built the schedule for the 23 part time employees at the store — tell us that, because, trust me, we know what kind of skill goes into doing a job like that. Have you worked in marketing? Teaching? Copyediting? Science lab assistant? Human resources? Graphic design? Accounting? Any customer service job?

Whatever it is that you’ve done in your life, spin it toward the skills you learned there and how you hope to bring them (along with your education, interest, and library experience) to the table as a new professional.

You are more than your degree — everyone has that — so tell me about you, and why we want to hire you. But remember: always be professional about it. I’m sure there’s a professionally appropriate way to write about any job… find it, and impress me.

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Jan 152013

Last year we asked for your curly questions for our keynotes, and we’re launching ourselves back into the build-up to NLS6 with their answers. We put your questions to Ruth Kneale, our wonderful keynote who wrote You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! based on her original blog started in 2002. Here’s what she had to say. You might just find yourselves with a raft more questions to ask her when you meet her in Brisbane in February 2013, as it is not long to go now.

What do you know about the LIS scene in Australia? What are you keen to find out?

Not very much, and what I do know is through the eyes of my friends who live here. I’d love to find out more about how special libraries are handled (I know there’s a chapter in SLA for the area but not much more – at least not yet!) and I’d love to learn more about how ALIA deals with a geographically dispersed membership.

Do you still get told that “you don’t look like a librarian”?

Oh, yeah. Recently (December 21st) at a postal service store, as a matter of fact. I was shipping a box of signed copies of my book out, and the guy behind the counter saw the label. He asked about it, I told him it was a book I had written, and he then said “can’t be – you don’t….hang on a second…” I had to laugh!

What is your favourite response to the statement “but you don’t look like a librarian”?

To be honest, I like to turn it around to the asker – “so what does a librarian look like, then?”  it often leads to a follow-on statement, “well, I didn’t know that!” It can really be a great lead-in to a conversation that changes that person’s perspective of libraries and librarians. (Educate and inform, I always say!)

What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you as a student/new grad?

That library school would not teach you everything you need to know to be a good librarian.

What role have mentors played in your professional development?

My grad school adviser and mentor, Dr. Charley Seavey, convinced me to stay in grad school when I ran up against some philosophy classes that were difficult for me. He kept me grounded and sane throughout library school, letting me vent and discuss and learn in his office, and I am forever grateful to him for it. We’ve stayed in touch over the intervening years.

A couple of years after I graduated, I met someone who became my mentor within SLA, Stephen Abram. He encouraged me to get more involved with the association, and pursue my interest in the portrayal of librarians in popular culture. He also reminded me that it’s OK – even encouraged – to have fun at a conference!

Thanks to these two (and a host of others), I took the book-writing plunge, got more involved with SLA, and am now a Fellow pondering another book.

How has career planning made a difference in your professional life?

Well, the quick answer is, it got me where I am today, and I love my job, so it made a pretty big difference!

A longer answer is that it will definitely be an advantage to your career if you know what you want to be when you grow up. I’m not saying you have to know right now this very instant, but having some idea will allow you to take those steps when they appear in front of you. Early on is a good time to try things, and I do recommend that if you’re not sure that a particular path is the right one for you – but it’s always good to have “where do I want to be in five years?” lurking in the back of your mind. Talk to folks as you go along – never be afraid to ask “If I want to get into this branch/field/job, what would you recommend I do?” Take advantage of your professors in school, your bosses at your workplace, and fellow members of your associations. They are invaluable sources of career advice!

What advice can you give for a new grad wanting to stand out from all the other job applicants?

Be confident in yourself. Don’t be arrogant, but be confident. And keep trying! You will fail. Accept it, learn from it, and try again.


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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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Dec 172012

In addition to Jenica Rogers, Ruth Kneale, Ingrid Parent, and Marcus Foth, we’re pleased to be introducing our fifth keynote for NLS6 – Stuart Candy.

Dr Stuart Candy is a professional futurist with a design twist. He helps people engage more creatively and systematically with the worlds they could find themselves in, and generate ways to shape them. He currently works as regional Foresight and Innovation Leader for the global design and engineering firm Arup.

Stuart holds a Ph.D. in political science for pioneering work on ‘experiential futures’, designed immersions as a catalyst for more effective strategic conversation. His writing on this and other topics can be found at The Sceptical Futuryst.

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

It has been said that all we know about the future is that it will be different. A futurist’s practice of stretching into that difference means having the courage to transition from the known, the comfortable and the familiar into something else – and helping others find a way to do likewise.

Read up on Stuart’s blog, follow him on Twitter (you’ll find him online @futuryst), and start planning all the questions you want to ask him.

Stuart, we’re really looking forward to seeing you at NLS6 in Brisbane in February 2013.

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Nov 222012

The NLS6 Committee has been hard at work inviting inspirational speakers to Brisbane, and we’re very pleased to share another keynote with you.

Ingrid Parent is the current president of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), beginning her term in August 2011.

Ms Parent is recognized nationally & internationally for her outstanding contributions to libraries and to the library profession. She has been involved with several international information associations including UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the ISSN International Network, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Association of Research Libraries. She has played an active role in developing policies & best practices for libraries, particularly in the areas of resource access and digital activities. In 2009, she received the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

Once again NLS6 attendees, you’re invited to follow @ingrid_parent on Twitter, along with our other keynotes.

Ingrid, we’re excited that you’ll be joining Jenica Rogers, Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth as a keynote speaker at NLS6, and we’re really looking forward to meeting you in Brisbane in February 2013.

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Nov 132012

We’ve launched three keynotes so far, Ruth Kneale, Jenica Rogers and Marcus Foth. We’ll be announcing other keynotes over the coming weeks. You’ll get to meet them all in Brisbane next February.

In the meantime, are there any questions you’d like to have answered by our first three keynotes before February 2013? Here’s your chance to let us know what you want to find out.

Do you want to know how Marcus felt when he was inducted into Planetizen as one of the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology?

Do want to know about Jenica’s reaction to being named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2009?

Do you want to know what it’s like for Ruth to work with astronomers across the United States of America as the Systems Librarian for ATST?

Want to know how they began their careers? Want to know why Ruth & Jenica chose to become librarians? Want to know why Marcus chose urban planning? Want to know their views on mentors? Want to know what they think about the future of scholarly publishing? Want to know if they still get nervous before public speaking?

My question is : What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you as a student/new grad?

Send us your questions via Twitter (@alianls6) or leave a comment below. We’ll collate your questions, and find out the answers from our keynotes later this month.




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Oct 102012
Jenica Rogers

With early bird registration now open, we know that you’ll be keen to know more about our NLS6 keynote speakers. In addition to Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth, please put your hands together (*waves* on Twitter) for… Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. Jenica’s already excited to be coming to Australia in 2013, as she enthused on her blog, Attempting Elegance.

We’re thrilled to have Jenica joining us in February 2013, to inspire us and to encourage us to be different. When we asked Jenica what it means to be different, she shared this with us:

I’ve always been fascinated by the firsts of human history and culture, from the mundane to the monumental. I’m just as interested in how we first began cultivating grasses until they became maize as I am in how we put a human into orbit around the Earth as I am in how we figured out that mold could cure disease.

And since I’m so intrigued by those firsts, those changes, those next and new steps, I can’t help but see that those firsts came about because someone decided to try something new. To move against the steady stream of humanity around them. To challenge the status quo. To improve on current reality. To be different.

It’s not easy making those changes and being different; you hold yourself up to your peers, your community, your culture as an object of attention when you flout convention, and that scrutiny isn’t always comfortable. But I think a willingness to be different and to challenge our base assumptions is what allows us to innovate.

I think it’s the root of most of the remarkable things we’ve accomplished.

I think it’s worth the risk.

Jenica, we’re excited that you’ll be joining Ruth Kneale and Marcus Foth as a keynote speaker at NLS6, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane in February 2013.

Again, your challenge now folks is to follow all of our keynotes on Twitter (@sunday9pm, @jenica26, @desertlibrarian), read their blogs and think about how you want to share your ‘be different’ enthusiasm.

Jenica Rogers

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Oct 042012

We are excited to announce that speaker proposals have been chosen, keynotes have been confirmed and the sessions for this awesome symposium program have been decided and scheduled. You can check out the exciting line up here (as this is a draft, please note that times may get shuffled around before we announce the final program). Below is a snapshot of the sessions and speakers.

  • The embedded librarian : is this your future? – Jennifer Osborn
  • Balance! WTF? –  Ghylene Palmer and Tamara Capper
  • Presentations: the good, the bad, and the interpretive dance – Kate Freedman
  • I liked librarianship before it went mainstream: the rise of the hipster librarian – Romany Manuell

If you’ve missed our first two keynote announcements – here they are again — We are lucky to have Marcus Foth and Ruth Kneale joining us at NLS6. Watch this space for more awesome keynote announcements in the coming weeks!

So what are you waiting for? C’mon and join us – be inspired, be connected and be different!

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