• 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
Aug 232012

Well we now have received all your proposals and EOI’s. Wow, what a bunch of awesome submissions! Thank you everyone.

There are so many submissions, on a diverse range of topics, from a whole range of sectors, that we will be spoilt for choice.  We are really looking forwarding to getting to the programming!  It will not be difficult to “be different”!

Our reviewers have now each been allocated a number of reviews and their comments have started coming in.  They are almost as excited as we are!

Keep an eye on the blog posts for updates.  We will be contacting all submitters via email once the reviews have all been received.

Now the fun begins!

 August 23, 2012  Posted by at 12:33 pm news, program, proposals Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Aug 102012

Great news – due to popular demand we have decided to extend our call for proposals by one week! In order to ensure the best program for our delegates, we are extending the call to enable all of you out there who still have ideas jumping around in your head, but just haven’t had the chance to get them down on ‘paper’ yet.

You now have until Aug 19 to submit your proposal that will inspire the next generation of information professionals.

For more information and all the details, visit the Call for proposals page on the NLS6 website. Please email proposals@newlibrarianssymposium.com with any questions.



 August 10, 2012  Posted by at 8:11 am news, program, proposals Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Aug 022012

There are many reasons to speak at NLS6:

  • experience for your CV
  • get work to fund your conference registration
  • public speaking experience
  • help getting you over the line for that job/promotion
  • professional development

Speaking at NLS6 will help you with all this, but it will also be so much more. It will be something you are proud of; it will help you meet amazing people and make ongoing connections, and you might actually find that you enjoy it!

The 4th New Librarians Symposium (2008)

NLS4 coincided with my graduation as a librarian at the end of 2008. As I had attended a graduation ceremony for a previous degree, I decided along with some classmates, to spend the money attending NLS instead of the graduation ceremony. This was a decision I did not regret.

I worked for a conference organiser as a teenager so I have seen a lot of conferences from many professions. I was not expecting NLS to be the best conference I had seen. NLS is not a high budget event, you won’t get expensive goodie bags or fireworks or free champagne all night. What you will get is the most excited and engaged people in your profession all in one room. The people you meet and listen to present at NLS will be the future leaders of the industry inAustralia, and faster than you think.

NLS4 was a fantastic learning and social initiation and by the time NLS5 rolled around I thought I could attempt to present myself.

The 5th New Librarians Symposium (2011)

But what to talk about? I didn’t feel like an expert in anything, but as Alisa explained so eloquently you don’t need to know it all to teach others something.

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel if you can find a point of difference or a new perspective on an old problem. To take the pressure off I co-authored and co-presented a paper with colleagues but once I was there I realised that this was the most forgiving and interested audience. The audience wants you to succeed and wants to hear what you have to say and they will say nice things on twitter!


The 6th New Librarians’ Symposium (2013)

So what is my advice? Read the call for proposals carefully and brainstorm what you can offer that matches the theme: from work, research or personal professional experience. Talk to people about your ideas, talk to peers and mentors/managers. Get work on board if you can, if you make them see the benefit they may give you time release and/or support in your proposal.

And lastly, have fun! NLS6 isn’t a boring stuffy conference, so enjoy yourself and show your personality.  This is your future, this is an opportunity to give something back to your peers and your profession and whatever you give you will get back with interest: the professional experience and by creating a name for yourself and forging connections with the movers and shakers of Australia (and beyond)!

You have almost two weeks to get your initial proposal in.  You don’t need to have your talk perfectly planned by the 12th August, you need just up to 500 words or 3 minutes recorded to sell us the idea. What are you waiting for?!

 August 2, 2012  Posted by at 3:08 pm get involved, proposals Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 202012
Seize this opportunity. Go for it.
For some people, just reading that top line will be enough for them to submit a proposal for the 6th New Librarians Symposium. I can tell you now I’m not one of those people. And I presented at last year’s New Librarians’ Symposium in Perth. If you’re a student or new graduate reading this, please read on. It may be the boost (or convincing) you need. Chances are you’re wondering “Can my idea really be accepted….?” Well, I’m here to tell you why you should submit.

First, let me tell you a story. I was in the same position in December 2010. Presenting wasn’t in my immediate plans. I thought I had nothing to say. Who would listen to me? But I had an idea and wondered, “How can I share this?” With some encouragement, okay it was more like a boot in the rear end, I submitted. I was stoked I even put together an abstract.

You only have to start, take the first step and the rest will follow.

Being a first-time presenter at an event like the New Librarians’ Symposium is like having training wheels on a bike as well as having a cheer squad behind you. The people who organise and attend the event create a buzzing atmosphere that only makes you want to jump onto that stage and give them your all. Such support and the connections you make in the friendliest of spaces on the national conference circuit are priceless and will probably become the most important to you during the course of your career.

Of course I was nervous, to be honest there’s not much that will change that…..did I look nervous?

Sure, I screwed up in the first few minutes when I had the wrong slide up on the screen. S*** happens. I laughed it off and kept going. And guess what? I wasn’t ready to come off the stage by the time I finished! On a serious note, presenting at a New Librarians’ Symposium is one of the few opportunities to start putting your name and ideas out there, to share and add to the knowledge of this profession, not to mention a shiny piece for your CV.


You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Thinking I’m an established professional? Nope. I’m a LIS masters student and only embarked on this career path a few years ago.

Following my experience at last year’s NLS, it’s time to pay it forward. I’m a Brissy local and co-chair of the Experience sub-committee on a mission to maximise your experience at the 6th New Librarians’ Symposium.

Not only can you expect a supportive Organising Committee, but the Experience team are also here to provide you with information about getting to Brisbane – you know, the “nitty-gritty, how do I get to the city from the airport?” kind of things to make your planning and participation experience to be as smooth and of best value as possible to you as a budding information professional.

The Experience team will have you revved up for NLS6 with an engaging and inspiring program of workshops on the Saturday, the day before NLS6 begins. In the lead up, we’ll be passing on travel deals, provide restaurant and accommodation reviews, and create opportunities to make connections with others and participate in discussions well before the event. Need to workout while you’re here? We’ve got you covered. We’ll find you the gyms in and around the CBD. Need gluten free options? No problem. The team will suss out catering restaurants. Need some help getting around QUT and the symposium program? We’ll have a team of volunteers you can approach. But what about drinks and tweet ups, you ask? Definitely no issues there. Social events will be planned closer to and during the event.

An “Ask the Experience team” mailbox will be set up shortly for you to start emailing your questions through.

So go on, have a crack. Who knows, right?

 July 20, 2012  Posted by at 10:54 am get involved, proposals Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 182012

The NLS6 proposal submission system is now open! We will be accepting proposal submissions until August 12, so it is time to get your skates on.

We need content from both first-timers and more experienced types, so if you think that you could inspire, delight and/or challenge our audience of new and emerging information professionals we need to hear from you! In case you haven’t heard, proposals can be for presentations in just about any format you can think of – your only limit is how far outside the square you can think.

For all the details, go to the Call for Proposals page on our website. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Be Different!

 July 18, 2012  Posted by at 4:36 pm get involved, program, proposals Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 092012

The 6th New Librarians Symposium is going to challenge you to Be Different in more ways than one! We’re developing an action and ideas-packed program filled with a range of speakers from across the industry (and outside it), and with all levels of experience: why not be one of them?

We are very excited to announce that we have now opened the call for proposals for NLS6!

Who can submit a proposal? Anyone!

If you can see gaps or issues unaddressed in debates around our profession(s), if you have experiences or wisdom to share, if you want to connect and share ideas, we want your proposal!

I’m not a new graduate – can I still present? YES!

You don’t need to be ‘new’ to have passion, energy and drive, that’s for sure. We are increasing the balance of content between experienced and new professionals in our program, to make sure that delegates have the chance to benefit from the perspectives and experiences of recently transitioned and experienced professionals with valuable insight to share!

I am a very new graduate (or student) – would my proposal even be considered? YES!

Short years but big on ideas? NLS6 is not just about providing content for new librarians – it’s also a space for new librarians to produce and share their own! Presenting at a national symposium is amazing PD experience (not to mention CV bling), and first-time speakers will have the option of working with a mentor: why not take the plunge in the friendliest atmosphere on the national circuit?

I’m not in a ‘traditional’ library role – will my insights and questions be relevant? YES!

NLS6 is for ALL professionals (aspiring, recent, transitioning or other) from ALL corners of the profession, even – or perhaps especially –  those that don’t use the ‘L’ word. The lines are blurring as the complex and rapidly shifting library and information landscape evolves – we’d love to hear what you have to say!

What can I contribute?

We are looking at putting together a program that provokes debate, inspires action, questions assumptions, and shares experiences to arm delegates with the strategies and confidence to be different.

How you want to do this is up to you; this is why we are asking for presentation proposals, not abstracts for a paper. A paper might not be the best form for expressing your idea! Papers are very welcome of course, but don’t limit your thinking to this format; if you can see another way, go for it!

We are offering 20 or 40 minute slots (including questions) in the program. Your proposal should address one of our six sub-theme areas:

  • Inspire: opening minds, expanding horizons
  • Imagine: the future of the information professions
  • Create: creativity, innovation and risk taking
  • Lead: in our profession and beyond
  • Climb: professional development opportunities, gaps, strategies
  • Leap: diverse career options for information professionals

Sounds great!  What do I need to do?

All the nitty-gritty can be found on our official call for proposals. Any questions can be sent to proposals@newlibrarianssymposium.com.

Make sure you submit your idea by 12 August.

 July 9, 2012  Posted by at 1:54 pm get involved, planning, program, proposals Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »