Tis the season to catch up with library folk!

Tis the season to catch up with library folk!

Join ALIA QLD for an end of year catch up at Eat Street Northshore!

https://eatstreetnorthshore.com.au/

Date: Friday 10 December

Time: We will meet at the door from 4:20 pm and go in at 4:30 pm. This is so we can find a spot to sit! If you arrive after this time, come on in and find us.

Wear: Red/White so we can find each other easily. Festive ALIA colours!

Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com

How to get there: Parking is available on site or you can catch the City Cat or bus. Visit translink.com.au for more information.

ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2021 – Presentations

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees who made the ALIA QLD Mini Conference Hack To The Future a success.

Here are the presentations from the Mini Conference if you would like to revisit them or if you missed a session.

Make a date for the Future – ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2021

UPDATE: PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!

Make a date for the future – Wednesday 10 November.

The ALIA QLD Mini Conference theme is Hack to the Future.

Join us to hear from speakers who are learning from the past and looking to the future. Network with your peers and be inspired by our line up of speakers.

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Time: 8.45 am – 4.30 pm

Venue: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

Registration:

Student/Retiree $50

Member $75

Non-member $100

Register now at https://tinyurl.com/ALIAMiniCon2021

View the ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2021 program here.

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Announcing the ALIA QLD 2021 Mini Conference!

Announcing the ALIA QLD 2021 Mini Conference!

UPDATED: SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER!

HACK TO THE FUTURE: How libraries are facilitating a better tomorrow.

This all day event will be held on Wednesday 10th November in Brisbane (location TBC) and will include the announcement of the 2021 Queensland Library Achiever of the Year.

Do you have a hack to the future you’d like to share? Can you envision a better tomorrow? EOIs are now open for submissions. This is an excellent opportunity if you have never presented at a conference before, or if you have a presentation you have been super keen to share during these COVID times.

Make your submission at https://tinyurl.com/aliaqld2021

Submissions close 5pm Friday 17 September.

Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award

It has been another year full of ups and downs! Do you know anybody who has done amazing things in Queensland libraries this year?

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award is maintained by the ALIA Queensland group.

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award is an annual merit prize aimed at:

  • Encouraging recognition of an individual working in any sector of the library and information profession in Queensland
  • Providing an opportunity to promote innovation and excellence within the library and information profession
  • Increasing the profile of the profession

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award was originally an initiative of the Queensland Library Promotion Council Inc. It was then administered by ALIA Quorum, a group which aimed to support and promote the interests of library and information professionals in Queensland.

Refer to the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award site for more information on who is eligible and how to submit a nomination:

https://tinyurl.com/aliaqldqlaoty

Applications close 31 October 2021

ALIA QLD TRIVIA NIGHT

ALIA QLD TRIVIA NIGHT

Trivia in Space and Time

UPDATE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Join ALIA QLD for our annual Trivia Night event. This year’s theme is Space and Time. It’s a great way to meet new library and information professionals!


Doors open at 6.00 pm for meals and drinks. Trivia kicks off at 6:30pm.

Get your team together, come up with a team name, dress up to the theme, then enter your team name at the registration desk on the night. If you don’t have a team yet—don’t worry, we’ll find you a team to join on the night. Eight (8) is the recommended number of people per team. We also have prizes up for grabs on the evening with our Raffle event.

Register now at https://membership.alia.org.au/events/event/alia-qld-trivia-night-2021

Librarians, Dragons and Zombies! Let the journey begin…

Librarians & Dragons presents, Dragons and Zombies, a day full of interactive fun with some sneaky professional development! With two workshops on offer you can choose to go on a quest for your transferable skills with Librarians and Dragons (the workshop) or fight in a zombie apocalypse in What’s Your Agenda. Or if you are feeling adventurous why not both?

When: Saturday 24th April 2021

10:30am – 12pm: Librarians and Dragons (the workshop)

1pm – 4:30pm: What’s Your Agenda

Where: Maida Lilley Community Centre, Fortitude Valley.

Registration: http://tiny.cc/DragonsAndZombiesBrisbane

Price: Full day-  student $65 adults $75

Librarians & Dragons – student $30 adults $35

What’s Your Agenda – student $40 adults $45

What:  Full descriptions of the workshops are below and more information about them is available at www.librariansanddragons.com. Morning tea & afternoon tea provided!

RSVP: EOIs close 14th March. 

Librarians and Dragons: A transferable skills workshop

Librarians & Dragons (the workshop) is an action packed transferable skills workshop. It brings together ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons and escape the rooms, to offer a different way of viewing our professional identity and professional development. It has has been designed to help identify skills you already have and how you can transfer these skills to your own profession. After wrangling dragons & ghosts each participant fills in their own character profile. This allows them to identify your their own current and future quests, legendary items and most importantly their own transferable skills. This workshop has been designed to be engaging and to give participants confidence in applying their own skills and knowledge to new areas of their profession and careers.

What’s Your Agenda: A guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse

This workshop teaches participants how to be resilient is a changing and/or disruptive environment. Participants can be at the start of their career path, mid-way through, or even nearing the end, whichever the case they will likely need to know how to be adaptable and flexible enough to survive uncertain work environments. Attendees learn about communication skills, conflict resolution, negotiation and persuasion, and about their own personal values. all in a bid to become more resilient. The workshop brings together classic teaching styles of presenting, BRAIN-storming, as well as incorporating role playing and gamification in order to create an engaging and highly interactive workshop.

For any enquiries about the event or workshops please contact librariansanddragons@gmail.com  

We hope to go adventuring with you at Dragons and Zombies!

Maddy & Michael

Librarians & Dragons

www.librariansanddragons.com 

Librarians and Dragons – are you keen?

Librarians & Dragons presents, Dragons and Zombies, a day full of interactive fun with some sneaky professional development! With two workshops on offer you can choose to go on a quest for your transferable skills with Librarians and Dragons (the workshop) or fight in a zombie apocalypse in What’s Your Agenda. Or if you are feeling adventurous why not both?

Please note this is an expression of interest only at this stage. The workshops will only go ahead if we get 6 registrations per session. Tickets will be available to purchase once registrations have been confirmed.

When: Saturday 10th April 2021

10:30am – 12pm: Librarians and Dragons (the workshop)

1pm – 4:30pm: What’s Your Agenda

Where: TBC 

Registration: Register your interest in either session or for the full day of PD fun! Simply email librariansanddragons@gmail.com to express your interest.

Price: Full day-  student $65 adults $75

Librarians & Dragons – student $30 adults $35

What’s Your Agenda – student $40 adults $45

What:  Full descriptions of the workshops are below and more information about them is available at www.librariansanddragons.com. Morning tea & afternoon tea provided!

RSVP: EOIs close 14th March. 

Librarians and Dragons: A transferable skills workshop

Librarians & Dragons (the workshop) is an action packed transferable skills workshop. It brings together ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons and escape the rooms, to offer a different way of viewing our professional identity and professional development. It has has been designed to help identify skills you already have and how you can transfer these skills to your own profession. After wrangling dragons & ghosts each participant fills in their own character profile. This allows them to identify your their own current and future quests, legendary items and most importantly their own transferable skills. This workshop has been designed to be engaging and to give participants confidence in applying their own skills and knowledge to new areas of their profession and careers.

What’s Your Agenda: A guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse

This workshop teaches participants how to be resilient is a changing and/or disruptive environment. Participants can be at the start of their career path, mid-way through, or even nearing the end, whichever the case they will likely need to know how to be adaptable and flexible enough to survive uncertain work environments. Attendees learn about communication skills, conflict resolution, negotiation and persuasion, and about their own personal values. all in a bid to become more resilient. The workshop brings together classic teaching styles of presenting, BRAIN-storming, as well as incorporating role playing and gamification in order to create an engaging and highly interactive workshop.

For any enquiries about the event or workshops please contact librariansanddragons@gmail.com  

We hope to go adventuring with you at Dragons and Zombies!

Maddy & Michael

Librarians & Dragons

www.librariansanddragons.com 

Queensland Library Achiever of the Year 2020

Queensland Library Achiever of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Stephen Harris for winning the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award 2020. Stephen is the Information Services Librarian at Bundaberg Regional Libraries and has worked on a number of projects this year to support the Bundaberg community such as partnering with Jabiru Aircraft to produce facemasks for QLD hospitals and creating an e-sports initiative with local high schools. Stephen advocated to create a robust and active online presence during a time when it was needed.

Thanks to Sage Publishing for sponsoring the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year 2020.

ALIA QLD Webinar Survivor Recordings

Webinar 1 – Outwit

Webinar 2 – Outplay

Webinar 3 – Outlast

Webinar 4 – Panel Discussion (Team Merge)

Webinar 1 – Outwit

Recorded on 26 August 2020 5 – 6.15 pm

Webinar 1 – Outwit featured the following guest speakers:

Guest speaker Peter Fiegehen, Australian Survivor
Peter Fiegehan was a contestant on the TV series Australian Survivor. Peter is a unique and quirky Australian with a tonne of life experience and a passion for aviation. He has 45 years of experience in Aviation Executive Management and Aviation Operations. This includes six years as a (current) Board Member and Regional Director for Australia, Asia and the Pacific for the Washington, USA based Air Traffic Control Association.
Peter lasted 17 days in the 2016 Survivor game, battled harsh conditions and in the end had to make a gut-wrenching decision. Peter will share his experiences in Survivor and how this helped him during COVID.
Raelee Lancaster &  Karen Tysoe, Griffith University
“Griffith Library Outwitting Isolation”
The Griffith Library Campus Services’ staff bring you a demonstration of the new ways they have connected with each other, other teams and clients during 2020.
The 15 minute webinar experience includes: Two staff members live presenting an overview of how Library campus services have outwitted isolation, followed by a pre-recorded montage of experiences from 15 team members (in the same virtual room).
Covering how we felt connected – across the campuses, working on site and working from home- the awesome client experiences we had (and not so awesome), and how we connected with our changing work, and other teams. 
Kaley Schelks, Ipswich Libraries
“Brisbane to Brooklyn via Wuthering Heights”
This is a story that needs to be shared with the Tribal Council at ALIA Queensland Webinar Survivor Series 2020. It demonstrates the important role Public Library Programming plays within its communities. I had accepted the challenge to outwit the COVID crisis! My tribe – Ipswich Libraries, needed to explore the unfamiliar terrain of online programming, including Book Clubs. So began my virtual global trek of Public Libraries.

Webinar 2 – Outplay

Recorded on 23 September 2020 5 -6.15 pm

Webinar 2 – Outplay featured the following guest speakers:

Steph Piper, University of Southern Queensland
“Face Shield Face Off:  Makerspace Fast Response”
Makers across the world have been responding to the shortage of PPE in new and creative ways. The University of Southern Queensland Library Makerspace lead the local community effort to provide over 350 3D printed face shields to local hospitals, aged care and healthcare providers. As well as the face shields project, hear about changes to the USQ Makerspace for online service delivery & pivots to existing service.
Bonnie Dixon & Michelle DuBroy, Griffith University
“Play their way: delivering an online literature search workshop asynchronously in Microsoft Teams”
When COVID disrupted the annual HDR Skills Week at Griffith University, we needed a new way to engage PhD candidates and researchers in learning to search for literature reviews. We needed an online teaching tool that would let us share information, let students ask questions and work anywhere, anytime.
Daniel Walker & Sue Hutley, Bond University
“Library Survivor – The Live Game”
Join an interactive live game experience and compete in virtual challenges while sharing your experiences on innovative responses to delivering services, meeting clients’ needs and changes to practices. In true Survivor style, there may be a few twists and hidden surprises along the way. Who will be crowned the ultimate Library Survivor?
Leanne Stockwell, Griffith University
“How’s that for timing?  The Introduction of TEAMS Online consultations at Griffith Library.”
In late 2019 a project to move all online consultations offered by Griffith Library to a single platform was commenced. Standardising online consultations through the consistent use of Microsoft TEAMS, supported by high-quality procedures and guidelines has fostered collaboration within AES around troubleshooting solutions, quality control and has identified areas for service improvements. It also proved to be EXTREMELY timely when all library services were forced moved online with the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. Hear about how the project came about, why it was needed and reflections in the wake of COVID-19.

Webinar 3 – Outlast

Recorded on 21 October 2020, 5 – 6.15 pm

Note: if you or anyone you know needs help now, please contact: https://qlife.org.au/ – for LGBTI people seeking peer support https://mensline.org.au/ – for people who identify as men seeking mental health support https://www.supportaftersuicide.org.au/ – for those affected by the suicide of another https://www.headsup.org.au/supporting

https://www.suicidecallbackservice.or

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

https://askizzy.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Further resources: http://www.integrativehealthpartners…. – The Valued Directions Worksheet (freely available online) http://www.mbsonline.gov.au/internet/… – The Factsheet for Practitioners around Mental Health Services

Webinar 3 featured the following guest speakers:

Rebecca S. Randall, University of Southern Queensland
“Sit in The Darkness with me: opening up about my mental health in the dumpster fire of 2020”
I’m a white Australian, cishet woman who might be autistic but definitely has generalised anxiety disorder. I am also an early career librarian, who’s desperately treading water like everyone else this year. Follow me on a terrible adventure through 2020, as I reflect on my mental health experience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in QLD, Australia. I’ll look at how one might balance being a successful librarian while surviving every new horror the days bring. I’ll pause for laughter breaks. I’ll even share my therapist’s advice with you, because nothing is better than free therapy. But most of all, I promise I will get ugly with it. I’m going to strip it all back and invite you to sit in The Darkness with me, because in doing so you might find a bit of your own experience staring back at you, without having to fully plunge into the void by yourself.
Jennifer Hall & Nicole Clark, QUT
“Developing a team PERMA-culture that outlasts the pandemic”
Using a scenario-based approach and applying a Positive Psychology lens, this paper will outline QUT Library’s response to COVID-19 in terms of strategies to continue and further develop connectedness with library staff, the lessons learnt, and opportunities for the future.
Christopher Hart, Kylie Pay, Julie Aslett, Alex Williams, Griffith University
“Rethinking ritual recruitment: What our tribulations, our resilience and our candidates taught us during COVID-19” 
In this celebration of library resilience during COVID-19, four library professionals present their experiences of the Recruitment Cycle, including hiring and induction, from the perspective of onboarders and onboardees. When libraries are closed, all services have moved online, and everyone is working from home, how have our people adapted to the challenges and uncertainties of the new normal in a critical human resources activity?

Webinar 4 – Panel Discussion (Team Merge)

Recorded on 18 November 2020, 5- 6.30 pm

Our panel discussion to talk about challenges and rewards for 2020 and the opportunities and hurdles faced beyond 2020 for the GLAM sector included the following panellists:

Anna Raunik

Anna Raunik is responsible for the development of State Library’s collection and client service offers online and onsite at South Bank. Anna has extensive experience in library services in Queensland. A significant component of Anna’s career at State Library has focused on the introduction and exploitation of technology to enable service delivery improvements and greater statewide reach. Key outcomes have included coordination of national initiatives including the National edeposit project and leading the development and delivery of State Library’s Digital StrategyQ ANZAC 100 Memories for a new Generation, First World War statewide commemoration activities and Anzac Square Memorial Galleries visitor services. In February 2020, Anna was awarded the VALA Robert D. Williamson Award for her outstanding contribution to the development of information technology usage in Australian libraries.

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard is the Acting Manager of Library Service (Kelvin Grove campus) at QUT Library. With many years of experience in academic libraries, she is responsible for the management, delivery and development of library services at Kelvin Grove.

Angela Orth

Angela Orth is the Manager of TAFE Queensland Library Network.

She is an experienced Library Manager within academic, public and special Libraries.

Angela takes pride in leading high-performing teams and delivering innovative Library and information services. 

Library Services as the ‘Trunk of the tree’ is her motto.  Armed with this byword and her ability to set a clear vision and sense of direction, has led to success in shaping the operations of TAFE Queensland Library Network. She successfully brought together six disparate regional library services and budgets to form one Network. When not busy leading Libraries you will find her chilling on the beach, shopping, reading, and organising.

Matt Pascoe

Matt Pascoe is the Customer Experience Manager for Ipswich Libraries. He has had a long, varied media and digital history as a journalist, film maker, web programmer, game developer, entrepreneur, digital media specialist, collections strategist and customer experience enthusiast.

Since joining Ipswich City Council Matt has been involved in several ground-breaking initiatives: including helping to establish the renowned “Marketplace” collection model; building an award-winning online Netflix-adjacent discovery experience for the Library collection; and recently helping to design and deploy the automated 24/7 Library Pod self-service project. Currently helping to design 3 new libraries, Matt believes in the use of data-driven policies, extensive customer feedback and iterative service design to build collections that truly respond to community need. Matt Pascoe remains convinced that the real potential of Library collections remain untapped and that paper-based books are the most important part of the future of Public Libraries. 

ALIA QLD Webinar Series: Survivor 2020

Library Survivor

There is no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year for us all! Our sector has demonstrated great resilience and swift adaptability to the way we support our communities during the pandemic. We have had to rethink and embrace new ways to deliver our services. While this crisis continues to challenge us, it also presents us with the unique opportunity to learn from our collective experiences faced in response to the COVID crisis.

ALIA QLD presents a webinar series in lieu of our annual conference this year under the Survivor theme – how we outwitted, outplayed and outlasted this challenging time! 

Webinar 1 – Outwit

Webinar 2 – Outplay

Webinar 3 – Outlast

Webinar 4 – Panel Discussion (Team Merge)

Registrations: To register for Webinar 3, held on 21 October, send an email to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com by 19 October. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Webinar 1 Outwit

When: 26 August, 5pm – 6.15pm

Program:

Guest speaker: Peter Fiegehen, Australian Survivor
Peter Fiegehen was a contestant on the TV series Australian Survivor. Peter is a unique and quirky Australian with a tonne of life experience and a passion for aviation. He has 45 years of experience in Aviation Executive Management and Aviation Operations. This includes six years as a (current) Board Member and Regional Director for Australia, Asia and the Pacific for the Washington, USA based Air Traffic Control Association.

Peter lasted 17 days in the 2016 Survivor game, battled harsh conditions and in the end had to make a gut-wrenching decision. Peter will share his experiences in Survivor and how this helped him during COVID.

Raelee Lancaster &  Karen Tysoe, Griffith University
“Griffith Library Outwitting Isolation”
The Griffith Library Campus Services’ staff bring you a demonstration of the new ways they have connected with each other, other teams and clients during 2020.
The 15 minute webinar experience will include: Two staff members live presenting an overview of how Library campus services have outwitted isolation, followed by a pre-recorded montage of experiences from 15 team members (in the same virtual room). Covering how we felt connected – across the campuses, working on site and working from home- the awesome client experiences we had (and not so awesome), and how we connected with our changing work, and other teams. 

Kaley Schelks, Ipswich Libraries
David Camar, Brooklyn Public Library
“Brisbane to Brooklyn via Wuthering Heights”
This is a story that needs to be shared with the Tribal Council at ALIA Queensland Webinar Survivor Series 2020. It demonstrates the important role Public Library Programming plays within its communities. I had accepted the challenge to outwit the COVID crisis! My tribe – Ipswich Libraries, needed to explore the unfamiliar terrain of online programming, including Book Clubs. So began my virtual global trek of Public Libraries.

Webinar 2 Outplay

Hear about experiences on innovative responses to delivering services, meeting clients needs and changes to practices.

When: 23 September, 5pm – 6.15pm

Program:

Steph Piper, University of Southern Queensland
“Face Shield Face Off:  Makerspace Fast Response”
Makers across the world have been responding to the shortage of PPE in new and creative ways. The University of Southern Queensland Library Makerspace lead the local community effort to provide over 350 3D printed face shields to local hospitals, aged care and healthcare providers. As well as the face shields project, hear about changes to the USQ Makerspace for online service delivery & pivots to existing service.
Bonnie Dixon & Michelle DuBroy, Griffith University
“Play their way: delivering an online literature search workshop asynchronously in Microsoft Teams”
When COVID disrupted the annual HDR Skills Week at Griffith University, we needed a new way to engage PhD candidates and researchers in learning to search for literature reviews. We needed an online teaching tool that would let us share information, let students ask questions and work anywhere, anytime.
Daniel Walker & Sue Hutley, Bond University
“Library Survivor – The Live Game”
Join an interactive live game experience and compete in virtual challenges while sharing your experiences on innovative responses to delivering services, meeting clients’ needs and changes to practices. In true Survivor style, there may be a few twists and hidden surprises along the way. Who will be crowned the ultimate Library Survivor?
Leanne Stockwell, Griffith University
“How’s that for timing?  The Introduction of TEAMS Online consultations at Griffith Library.”
In late 2019 a project to move all online consultations offered by Griffith Library to a single platform was commenced. Standardising online consultations through the consistent use of Microsoft TEAMS, supported by high-quality procedures and guidelines has fostered collaboration within AES around troubleshooting solutions, quality control and has identified areas for service improvements. It also proved to be EXTREMELY timely when all library services were forced moved online with the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. Hear about how the project came about, why it was needed and reflections in the wake of COVID-19.

Webinar 3 Outlast

Hear about experiences about the psychological challenges, managing uncertainty, caring for our clients and teams, celebrations of library resilience.

When: 21 October 5-6pm 5pm – 6.15pm

Program:

Rebecca S. Randall, University of Southern Queensland
“Sit in The Darkness with me: opening up about my mental health in the dumpster fire of 2020”
I’m a white Australian, cishet woman who might be autistic but definitely has generalised anxiety disorder. I am also an early career librarian, who’s desperately treading water like everyone else this year. Follow me on a terrible adventure through 2020, as I reflect on my mental health experience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in QLD, Australia. I’ll look at how one might balance being a successful librarian while surviving every new horror the days bring. I’ll pause for laughter breaks. I’ll even share my therapist’s advice with you, because nothing is better than free therapy. But most of all, I promise I will get ugly with it. I’m going to strip it all back and invite you to sit in The Darkness with me, because in doing so you might find a bit of your own experience staring back at you, without having to fully plunge into the void by yourself.
Jennifer Hall & Nicole Clark, QUT
“Developing a team PERMA-culture that outlasts the pandemic”
Using a scenario-based approach and applying a Positive Psychology lens, this paper will outline QUT Library’s response to COVID-19 in terms of strategies to continue and further develop connectedness with library staff, the lessons learnt, and opportunities for the future.
Christopher Hart, Kylie Pay, Julie Aslett, Alex Williams, Griffith University
“Rethinking ritual recruitment: What our tribulations, our resilience and our candidates taught us during COVID-19” 
In this celebration of library resilience during COVID-19, four library professionals present their experiences of the Recruitment Cycle, including hiring and induction, from the perspective of onboarders and onboardees. When libraries are closed, all services have moved online, and everyone is working from home, how have our people adapted to the challenges and uncertainties of the new normal in a critical human resources activity?

Webinar 4 Panel Discussion (Team Merge)

When: 18 November 5-6.30pm 

Be part of our panel discussion to talk about challenges and rewards for 2020 and the opportunities and hurdles faced beyond 2020 for the GLAM sector. Our panellists include:

Anna Raunik

Anna Raunik is responsible for the development of State Library’s collection and client service offers online and onsite at South Bank. Anna has extensive experience in library services in Queensland. A significant component of Anna’s career at State Library has focused on the introduction and exploitation of technology to enable service delivery improvements and greater statewide reach. Key outcomes have included coordination of national initiatives including the National edeposit project and leading the development and delivery of State Library’s Digital StrategyQ ANZAC 100 Memories for a new Generation, First World War statewide commemoration activities and Anzac Square Memorial Galleries visitor services. In February 2020, Anna was awarded the VALA Robert D. Williamson Award for her outstanding contribution to the development of information technology usage in Australian libraries.

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard is the Acting Manager of Library Service (Kelvin Grove campus) at QUT Library. With many years of experience in academic libraries, she is responsible for the management, delivery and development of library services at Kelvin Grove.

Angela Orth

Angela Orth is the Manager of TAFE Queensland Library Network.

She is an experienced Library Manager within academic, public and special Libraries.

Angela takes pride in leading high-performing teams and delivering innovative Library and information services. 

Library Services as the ‘Trunk of the tree’ is her motto.  Armed with this byword and her ability to set a clear vision and sense of direction, has led to success in shaping the operations of TAFE Queensland Library Network. She successfully brought together six disparate regional library services and budgets to form one Network. When not busy leading Libraries you will find her chilling on the beach, shopping, reading, and organising.

Matt Pascoe

Matt Pascoe is the Customer Experience Manager for Ipswich Libraries. He has had a long, varied media and digital history as a journalist, film maker, web programmer, game developer, entrepreneur, digital media specialist, collections strategist and customer experience enthusiast.

Since joining Ipswich City Council Matt has been involved in several ground-breaking initiatives: including helping to establish the renowned “Marketplace” collection model; building an award-winning online Netflix-adjacent discovery experience for the Library collection; and recently helping to design and deploy the automated 24/7 Library Pod self-service project. Currently helping to design 3 new libraries, Matt believes in the use of data-driven policies, extensive customer feedback and iterative service design to build collections that truly respond to community need. Matt Pascoe remains convinced that the real potential of Library collections remain untapped and that paper-based books are the most important part of the future of Public Libraries. 

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award is maintained by the ALIA Queensland group.

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award is an annual merit prize aimed at:

  • Encouraging recognition of an individual working in any sector of the library and information profession in Queensland
  • Providing an opportunity to promote innovation and excellence within the library and information profession
  • Increasing the profile of the profession

The Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award was originally an initiative of the Queensland Library Promotion Council Inc. It was then administered by ALIA Quorum, a group which aimed to support and promote the interests of library and information professionals in Queensland.

Refer to the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award site for more information on who is eligible and how to submit a nomination:

https://www.alia.org.au/about-alia/awards-and-grants/374/queensland-library-achiever-year-award

Applications close 31 October 2020

THANK YOU TO SAGE PUBLISHING FOR KINDLY SPONSORING THE 2020 AWARD.

We’re back!

We’re back!

It’s time to welcome people back to libraries! ALIA has prepared a “We’re Back” campaign to help you engage with your communities. How have your customers, students and patrons missed you while you have been closed? How have you missed them? Share your thoughts with #MissedMyLibrary.

CANCELLED: ALIA QLD Lawn Bowls Catch up

Lawn bowls ALIA cancelled

UPDATE: ALIA QLD LAWN BOWLS CATCH UP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

ALIA has advised ALIA Groups to postpone, cancel or run activities via videoconference as part of our response to COVID-19.

ALIA QLD Lawn Bowls Catch-up 

When: Saturday 21st March, 12 noon for lunch followed by bowls at 1 pm.

Where: Norman Park Bowls Club, 43 Norman Avenue, Norman Park

What: Purchase own lunch from the Club, then $10 per person for bowls

RSVP: aliaqldgroup@gmail.com

 

Librarians & Dragons + Zombies! Registrations now open

L&D&Z

Registrations are now open for Librarians & Dragons + Zombies, a day full of interactive fun with some sneaky professional development!
With two workshops on offer you can choose to go on a quest for your transferable skills with Librarians and Dragons (the workshop) or fight in a zombie apocalypse in What’s Your Agenda.
Or if you are feeling adventurous why not both?

Tickets now available! http://bit.ly/DragonsAndZombiesBrisbane

When: Saturday 21st March 2020
10:30am – 12pm: Librarians and Dragons (the workshop)
1pm – 4:30pm: What’s Your Agenda – A guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse and other disruptive environments

Where: QUT Gardens Point Library, Room v714, Brisbane City, 4001

Registration: Tickets are available for either session or for the full day of PD fun! They are available here – http://bit.ly/DragonsAndZombiesBrisbane

What: Full descriptions of the workshops are below and more information about them is available at www.librariansanddragons.com. Catering provided!

RSVP: Tickets are available until 18th March 2020

Librarians and Dragons: A transferable skills workshop

Librarians & Dragons (the workshop) is an action packed transferable skills workshop. It brings together ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons and escape the rooms, to offer a different way of viewing our professional identity and professional development. It has has been designed to help identify skills you already have and how you can transfer these skills to your own profession. After wrangling dragons & ghosts each participant fills in their own character profile. This allows them to identify your their own current and future quests, legendary items and most importantly their own transferable skills. This workshop has been designed to be engaging and to give participants confidence in applying their own skills and knowledge to new areas of their profession and careers.

What’s Your Agenda: A guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse

This workshop teaches participants how to be resilient is a changing and/or disruptive environment. Participants can be at the start of their career path, mid-way through, or even nearing the end, whichever the case they will likely need to know how to be adaptable and flexible enough to survive uncertain work environments. Attendees learn about communication skills, conflict resolution, negotiation and persuasion, and about their own personal values. all in a bid to become more resilient. The workshop brings together classic teaching styles of presenting, BRAIN-storming, as well as incorporating role playing and gamification in order to create an engaging and highly interactive workshop.

For any enquiries about the event or workshops please contact librariansanddragons@gmail.com

We hope to go adventuring with you soon!

Maddy & Michael

ALIA Queensland Conference 2019 – Presentations

Last November, the ALIA Queensland Conference hosted some great speakers. Check this out if you weren’t able to attend the conference or if you’d like to take another look at some of the presentations!

FAIL | DISCOVER | GROW

Revise and Resubmit: the peer review process – James Nicholson, University of Queensland, @JamesNicholson1

A pie in the sky idea can become reality! – Peter Main, Logan City Council, @Mainsey

Model Makeover: lessons learnt implementing a new teaching team approach – Jenny Hall and Emma Nelms, Queensland University of Technology, @tsundokumaster

Recognition of Australian Indigenous Culture through TAFE Queensland Library’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Referencing Guide – Marjorie Jeffers and Lisa Watson, TAFE Queensland, @metamarjorie

You can also find recordings of the conference proceedings at our Facebook page.

““If the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.” – Norman Vincent Peale” by brightdrops is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

ALIA Queensland Library Technicians’ Group Christmas Celebrations

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The ALIA Queensland Library Technicians’ Group invites all Library and Information Staff to join with us in celebrating Christmas.

The menu will be a plate drop of either

“Kiev Cut Crispy Skin Chicken fillet filled with basil pesto and cheddar cheese served with Parmesan Polenta cake and buttered green peas

and

Slow cooked beef cheek, also both are gluten free meals (GF).”

Please advise me as soon as possible if you need other dietary needs, please advise me when you respond.

Where:          The Ship Inn

                        Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets

                        Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

Website: http://www.theshipinn.com.au/

When: Saturday 30th November, 2019 at 12.00.

Parking is available.

RSVP: to ALIA Qld Library Technicians Group – Saturday 23rd November, 2019.

Email: RVSP are necessary for numbers, so please make sure you RSVP to: aliaqldlibtech@gmail.com

Hope to see you there.

Rowena, Troy, Joseph and Robyn.

ALIA QLD Conference 2019

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The ALIA QLD Conference is on again! We have dropped the “mini” from the title since the annual conference continues to grow year after year!

Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2019 (8.45am – 4.40pm)

Venue: The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland

The conference theme this year is Fail | Discover | Grow.

Sometimes failures or projects that don’t come to fruition make great stories.

Come and join us for an informative day and learn from the experiences of others! Register now!

Program 2019

ALIA Qld Conference 2019 presenters and abstracts

Registrations: $60 (ALIA members), $80 (non-members), $40 (students)

Register now!

ALIA Queensland Catch-Up October 2019

October Catchup 2019

As we head in to spring, what better way is there to catch-up with friends, make new
connections, and enjoy some yummy food than a picnic and games in the South Bank
Parklands for ALIA Queensland’s next catch-up! Open to both members and non-members of ALIA Queensland, join us for a relaxing and fun catch up in the beautiful parklands.

Please bring along a plate of food to share and any games you might like to play as a group. We will be providing some delicious baked goods and games including jenga and ring toss. Some picnic rugs will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring along your own to share.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: South Bank Parklands – Rainforest Green Area.
* A wet weather option can be scouted on the day in the event of rain.

Food and drinks: BYO – Please bring along a plate to share.
Cost: Free

RSVP: by Friday 4 October – email aliaqldgroup@gmail.com

Indigenous Matters Seminar (Cairns)

Indigenous Matters Seminar program-1Come along to enjoy a full day of presentations and networking based around the ALIA priority ‘Indigenous Matters’.

Throughout the seminar, we will cover topics relating to the wider Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (GLAM) sector.

This event coincides with the annual Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF)

When: Friday 12 July 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where: TAFE Queensland Cairns, S block, Gatton Street Entrance, Manunda QLD

  • Members (including Student/Retiree): $40
  • Non Member: $50

Register online: https://membership.alia.org.au/events/event/alia-qld-indigenous-matters-seminar

Registrations close on 10 July 2019

Please contact us at aliaqldgroup@gmail.com for any queries.

Disruptive Discussions: A day of critical librarianship

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Be part of the movement and join us for a day of conversation about critical librarianship. Collaborate with influencers who are bringing social justice principles into their work in libraries and are supporting marginalised communities.

We will explore the theory of critical librarianship and then break out into groups to discuss what library neutrality and social justice in our workplace means to us. We can then apply the theory to explore how we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, homelessness, LGBTQIA+, and refugee and asylum seeker communities to name a few.

When: Saturday 22 June 2019, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Where: Brisbane Square Library (The End Room), 266 George St Brisbane

Cost: Free

Register: Join the conversation and register now

Refreshments and lunch provided.

Contact us at aliaqldgroup@gmail.com for further information.

ALIA Queensland Trivia Night 2019

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Our Trivia Master returns this year for more exciting competitions and games at this year’s annual ALIA Trivia Night. With plenty of raffles and an assortment of prizes provided by our generous sponsors, put your team to the test! So, come along for a sociable and entertaining night with good food, new and old friends and a lot of laughs.

In conjunction with Library and Information Week, the theme of this years Trivia Night is ‘Truth, Integrity and Knowledge’.  So put on your thinking caps as a prize will be awarded to the best dressed table!

When: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Time: Doors open 5:30 for dinner and drinks – Trivia starts at 6:30pm

Where: Queensland Cricketers’ Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane.
Paid parking available, see the Queensland Cricketers’ Club website.

Teams:
Get your team together, come up with a team name, then enter your team name at the registration desk on the night. Eight is the recommended number per team.

If you don’t have a team yet – don’t worry, we’ll find you a team to join on the night. It’s a great way to meet new library and information people!

Entry fees:

  • $10 per person for ALIA members
    $20 per person for non-members.

Register online: https://membership.alia.org.au/events/event/alia-qld-trivia-night-2019

Please remember to register online prior to the close of registration at 11:59pm on Tuesday the 21st May, as cash payment for registration on the night will unfortunately not be available this year.

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Springfield Library Tours

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ALIA QLD and ALIA QLD Library Technicians Groups are pleased to host a trip to Springfield to visit the new Ipswich Libraries Springfield Central branch followed by the newly refurbished University of Southern Queensland Springfield campus library.

Saturday 9 March 2019

1.00pm – Ipswich Libraries tour begins (Cnr Main Street & Sirius Drive Orion Springfield Central, Springfield Central)

2.30pm – USQ tour begins

Afternoon tea will be provided.

Meet at Ipswich Libraries Springfield Central branch at 12.45pm. Alternatively, travel arrangements can be made so let us know when you RSVP if you would like a lift from Brisbane (Roma St pick up).

Please RSVP by emailing aliaqldgroup@gmail.com

ALIA Information Online 2019 Wrap-up

ALIA QLD would like to invite all library professionals to the ALIA Information Online 2019 wrap-up session! 

ALIA Information Online 2019 Wrap-Up Session

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Couldn’t make it to the ALIA Information Online 2019 conference? Join us at QUTs Garden Point Campus on Tuesday 26 February for a whirlwind overview of the conference highlights. Nibbles provided! 

Our first two guest speakers from Griffith University’s Library and Learning Services, (Chris Hart – Discipline Librarian, Sciences and Senada Ljukovac – Librarian, Sciences)  will share their highlights and lasting impressions from attending the conference as delegates.

James Nicholson (QLD State Manager for ALIA) will reminisce on his experiences with the Information Online TV (#iotv) project.

And special guest Sue Hutley (General Manager, Library Customer Services, Bond University), will provide a recap of her presentation “The Five Senses of GLAMR”.

 

Date: Tuesday 26 February

Time: 5.30pm-8pm

Venue:  Room 714 on level 7 of V Block, QUT Gardens Point campus

Cost:  Free. Wine and cheese provided

RSVP:  Please send an email to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com to RSVP. Please include the number of people that will be attending.

Library Lovers’ Day Breakfast

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Roses are red….

Violets are blue….

ALIA QLD is putting on a breakfast…. just for you!

Join us to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day and share your library love stories!

We are hosting a breakfast at Brisbane and Gold Coast locations:

Date: 14 February 2019

Time: 7am

Venues:

Cost: Food and drinks at own expense

RSVP: Please send an email to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com and let us know what location you will be attending.

We hope to see you there!

Mini Conference wrap up: Sarah Doecke

Sarah Doecke was awarded a conference grant to attend the ALIA QLD Mini Conference. Sarah, who lives in Bundaberg QLD, started studying a Master of Information Studies at the beginning of this year and has an Engineering background. Sarah also volunteers at the Bundaberg RSL Library. Here is what she thought of the Mini Conference, held on 7 November 2018!

I recently had the opportunity to attend the ALIA QLD Mini Conference for 2018 with the fun theme of Why fit in when you were born to stand out? As a current student and a new-comer to the industry, this was my first experience of a library conference. And *SPOILER ALERT* it was an awesome introduction!

The day consisted of presentations (each 10-20 minutes) from librarians in various locations and types of libraries across Queensland. They presented a wealth of innovative ideas and fresh approaches to issues faced in broad industry. The enthusiasm each presenter had for their work, their projects and the industry in general was contagious! It was eye opening for me to see the sheer variety of libraries and librarians, especially as I am still exploring my options for my future career path.

It was particularly interesting to see some of the theory I have started to learn in my studies tie back into other peoples’ real-life experiences. I enjoyed the mix of presentations, workshops and tours that were available on the day. They were all well-presented and seemed to show a cross-section of the types of work people are doing and problems they are facing and solving. I particularly enjoyed the evidence-based practise workshop where we spent time discussing various scenarios and ways of gathering information prior to implementing some sort of solution.

I also enjoyed the networking time that was built into the schedule over mealtimes – it was helpful to meet new people and hear their stories and what they are doing in their own libraries across Queensland.

For days after getting home from the conference, I felt like my mind was running in overdrive with all the new ideas to consider. It makes me excited to continue my studies next year and to be open to and actively pursue further opportunities down the road.

I would like to say thank you to the event organisers for putting on such an informative event, and to ALIA QLD for providing me with the opportunity to attend. I would also love to encourage anyone who might be thinking about applying for a bursary to have a go – you just never know 🙂

Make 2019 the year you join the ALIA Queensland Group Committee!

Join the ALIA QLD Committee!

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ALIA QLD is looking for enthusiastic new people to join our organising committee.

ALIA QLD is a cross-sectoral, state based group seeking to provide opportunities for ALIA members and non-members to participate in networking and professional development activities. The group aims to be representative of all ALIA members in Queensland.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team,  in particular a Social Media Coordinator, General member and a Secretary. Each role plays a critical role in organising annual ALIA QLD events and activities. Find out more about the roles below!

The Social Media Coordinator role responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate, maintain and actively increase engagement of our social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and our blog.
  • Create, manage and moderate content and access in accordance with ALIA Social Media Guidelines.
  • Respond to queries received via channels in a timely manner.
  • Promote ALIA QLD events and activities and encourage attendees to share their experiences on social media channels.
  • Support and advocate events and activities of other ALIA groups and GLAM institutions that align with ALIA QLD’s values.
  • Help plan and organise regular events and other activities targeted to our network including attending events to assist with social media duties.
  • Provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for the LIS community.
  • Attend regular meetings, either face-to-face or online.

The Secretary role responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for overall communication on behalf of the ALIA QLD Committee.
  • Receive and respond to correspondence in particular via the ALIA QLD email box.
  • Manage and moderate the ALIA QLD elist.
  • Ensure committee meetings are properly managed – schedule meetings, prepare agendas, organise minute taker and disseminate minutes to the group.
  • Manage records and documents for the Committee.
  • Update list of ALIA QLD Committee members and contact details.
  • Provide support to Convenor when recruiting for new committee members.
  • Help plan and organise regular events and other activities targeted to our network including attending events.
  • Provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for the LIS community.
  • Assist in the promotion of ALIA QLD events and activities.
  • Attend regular meetings.

You can also join as a general member and support the committee in your own special way to run different events and activities during the year.

The General committee member responsibilities include:

  • Help plan and organise regular events and other activities targeted to our network including attending events.
  • Provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for the LIS community.
  • Assist in the promotion of ALIA QLD events and activities.
  • Attend regular meetings.

Note: These are volunteer roles, and you need to be a current ALIA member (personal or student membership).

If you are interested in becoming part of the ALIA QLD Committee then send an email to aliaqldgroup@gmail.com and tell us why are are interested and how you will contribute to the group!

ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2018 – Registrations Open!

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The ALIA QLD Mini Conference will be held on 7 November 2018, 8.45am – 4.45pm, at The Edge, State Library of Queensland.

The ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2018 theme takes guidance from the beloved Dr Seuss Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

View the ALIA Mini Conference 2018 Program for what will be an informative and fun day! Note: a sign on sheet will be available on the morning of the conference at the registration desk for those wanting to attend the breakaway sessions (workshops and tours).

Registrations close 2 November 2018
$50 (ALIA members), $75 (non-members), $30 (students) Register here!

We are also pleased to offer a Regional Member Conference Grant and two Student Bursaries. Click here for more information.

EVENT: Blogging for LIS Professionals Discussion Panel

EVENT: Blogging for LIS Professionals Discussion Panel

Have you ever thought about writing a blog and weren’t sure how to get started? Perhaps you have too many thoughts going on and want to share these with others! Or maybe you already have a blog and want to add a little finesse to your writing or site. In conjunction with the Shut Up and Write Tuesday series,  ALIA QLD is pleased to host a panel discussion all about blogging with expert panel members to tell us how it’s done and why even blog at all.

Blogging can be creative, therapeutic and rewarding and just one way of giving back to the LIS sector. Join us and our fabulous panelists for an evening of blogging, cheese and wine.

 

Sam Searle is the Manager, Library Technology Services at Griffith University. She has worked previously in a variety of roles at Monash University Library, the Office of the Information Commissioner (Qld), Victoria University of Wellington, and the National Library of New Zealand. Sam started blogging in 2014 and has published over sixty posts. Sam sees publishing via her blog and more scholarly channels as a key part of her professional development. She enjoys the immediacy of blogging and the way posts can spark and be sparked by broader professional conversations taking place via social media like Twitter. LinkedIn |Twitter | www.samsearle.net

 

Alisa Howlett is the Coordinator, Evidence Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland Library. She has over eight years of industry experience in various sectors and information settings including special libraries, information management, government recordkeeping and academic libraries. Alisa was first introduced to blogging in 2010 and launched her own blog, Flight Path, in early 2011. The most enjoyable part of blogging for Alisa is seeing her posts help other LIS professionals in some way, either to better understand a concept, empathise with a situation or provide a way forward. You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn or at acrystelle.com

 

Amy Walduck is an Outreach Librarian at City of Gold Coast Libraries with previous roles in state, academic and public libraries. Amy is passionate about trying new things, getting involved and designing her own career. She is a librarian, an extrovert, a creative and her personal fashion style can be described as toddler-grandma. Her interests lie in entrepreneurship, community, professional development, social media and advocacy for libraries. You know where to find Amy! LinkedIn | Twitter | Pineapple GLAM

 

When: Monday 27 August, 2018, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Room 714, Level 7 of V block, QUT Library Gardens Point

Cost: Free

RSVP: aliaqldgroup@gmail.com

 

ALIA members and non-members are welcome!

Shut Up and Write Tuesdays – Brisbane sessions

Shut up and write.jpgEver heard the expression “put up or shut up”? With Shut up and Write, you can do both!

Shut Up and Write is exactly what it sounds like. For two 25 minute intervals you will put your head down and write. You can write whatever you like, giving total focus to any project you need to get done already. After 25 minutes, enjoy a 15 minute break. Stretch, have a drink…….. throw your draft in the bin and start again when the next 25 minutes starts if things are really dire. Whatever works!

Based on the Pomodoro Technique, this system of working steadily for a set time and enjoying short breaks has been proven to increase productivity. So no more excuses for procrastination. Shut up and Write provides the perfect opportunity for you to set aside time specifically for writing. And when you come along and do it with ALIA QLD, you can meet new friends and enjoy a drink as well.

BYO laptop, tablet, typewriter, paper and pen, quill, or similar writing instruments.

Shut up and Write will be held on the first Tuesday of every month.

 

NOTE: The Shut Up and Write Tuesday series has now ended. Thanks to those who participated!

 

Shut Up and Write Tuesdays – Gold Coast sessions

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In conjunction with the Brisbane Shut Up and Write Tuesdays, we are pleased to host Gold Coast sessions!

Need inspiration to get that journal article or conference abstract started, or finished? Need an environment to stop procrastinating about writing a report, an article, university assignment or your ALIA Professional Development reflections? Come along to this relaxed and welcoming environment. Talk with local mentors and colleagues about what you are writing, and seek inspiration and guidance. There will be a “Pomodoro Chief” to ensure that we get at least one 25 minute concentrated writing stretch. Snacks and refreshments also provided. The Libraries will also be offering tours prior to the session.

Gold Coasters and visitors are welcome to the ALIA GC Shut Up and Write evenings.

First Tuesday of the month, 5.30pm – 7pm

  • 5 June 2018 – Bond University Library Bond Library and Law Library Tour starts 4.45pm (including a brief Bond Art Tour). Meet at the Main Library Foyer. https://library.bond.edu.au/about-library/libraries-facilities/main-library
  • 3 July 2018 – Southern Cross University, Gold Coast  CANCELLED
  • 4 September 2018 – Griffith University, Gold Coast CANCELLED
  • 2 October 2018 – Gold Coast City Council Library (Branch Location TBC)

Contact : Sue Hutley, General Manager, Library Customer Services, Bond University Library shutley@bond.edu.au

With more background on Shut up and Write, from https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

ALIA QLD Trivia Night

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Our Trivia Master returns for more fun competitions and games and as usual plenty of raffles and prizes provided by our sponsors. Rest assured public dancing will not be encouraged this year so leave your leg warmers at home!

When: Monday 21 May 2018

Time: Doors open 5:30 for dinner and drinks – Trivia starts at 6:30pm

Where: Queensland Cricketers’ Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane.
The car park will be open for attendees on the night (40 spaces) free of charge. The car park location is shown on the Queensland Cricketers’ Club website.

Theme:
The theme for Library and Information Week is ‘Find Yourself in a Library’. There will be a prize for the best themed team on the night.

Teams:
Please organise into teams, eight is recommended, and enter your team name at the registration desk on the night. If you don’t have a team yet we will be happy to find you a team to join on the night.

Entry fees:

  • $10 per person for ALIA individual members, sponsors and affiliate associations [ALLA, PLAQ, SLAQ]
  • $20 per person if you are not in the above category

Register here

ALIA QLD Catch Up

ALIA QLD Catch Up

Has the build-up to the Commonwealth Games got you itching to try your hand at athleting? Well look no further than this year’s first ALIA Qld Catchup of the year, complete with… Lawn Bowls!

It takes a true athlete to juggle a plate of food and/or drink while bowling. If you’re keen to show off your skills, spend an evening laughing with some mates, or even meet a few new people in a whacky situation, come along to a night of fun and games.

Date: 11 April 2018 (The night of the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls final!)

Time: 4.30-9pm (bowls kick off at 5.pm)

Venue: Norman Park Bowls Club, 43 Norman Ave, Norman Park QLD 4170

Cost: $5 per person. Pay on the night.

RSVP: 4 April – email aliaqldgroup@gmail.com

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented on the night, along with a special prize for best dressed. So don your lawn bowl best and join us on the green!

VALA Soundbites from QLD Event

VALA Soundbites from QLD Event

Did you miss VALA2018? Want to hear two local VALA presenters share their presentations? Come to VALA Soundbites from QLD and hear our engaging speakers deliver a shortened version of their presentation.

Speakers: Kylie Poulton from Griffith University (“Text and data mining: librarians as catalysts for new discoveries”) and Sarah Howard from QUT (“Virtual reality content for higher education curriculum”).

Date: Monday 5 March 2018

Time: 5pm for a 5.30 start. Event will conclude at 7pm.

Location: QUT Gardens Point Library, Level 7 room 714

Cost: Free

Join us for light refreshments from 5pm. Speakers will commence at 5.30pm.

No need to book, just come along!

Can’t make it in-person? Check out our Facebook page for the livestream.

ALIA Qld Mini Conference 2017

The ALIA Queensland Group would like to thank all presenters who helped make the Mini Conference 2017 such a great success! Attendees were treated to a variety of presentations addressing the theme: “From Little Things Big Things Grow.”

If you were unable to attend, or would like to refresh your memory, we have provided some of the links to the presentations below. The recordings of the conference are also available on the ALIA Queensland Facebook page.

Program

Abstracts

Sharee Cordes
Art and Children’s literacy – a critical partnership

Many people think of children’s art as simple drawing and craft activities,  but in fact art can be so much more than this.  Through well designed art activities children can develop essential life skills such as imaginative thinking, risk taking, experimentation, resilience and problem solving.  This is very important to us as librarians because these are the same skills that are crucial to a child’s developing literacy and future love of books.   Further to this, creative thinking is now seen as an important aspect of science and technology programs (STEAM) and recognised as a necessary skill for jobs of the future.  This presentation will discuss the importance of art and the skills that children learn through art and how these connect to the role of our libraries.  Strategies for developing fun art activities that promote these higher learnings will be shared.  Practical ideas and tips will be given which will enable librarians to take their children’s craft activities to the next level as a valuable partner to our literacy and technology programs.  Participants will leave this workshop feeling inspired by the artistic possibilities for their library.

Ryan Weymouth, Conservatorium of Music
Preparation for recitals and auditions: A curated information guide for tertiary performance students

Scott Stone’s 2013 article in the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centre’s journal, Fontes Artis Musicae, 2013 60(3), 222-226, is entitled “Instruct Library Patrons through Recital Performances”. Stone’s article documented his novel recital based solution to specifically and actively engage with music performance students. Stone’s solution saw him putting on a recital of euphonium and piano repertoire interspersed with a bibliographic instruction narrative, for the student and faculty audience, outlining how he used library services and resources to obtain music and inform his musical preparations for the recital. Stone’s article concluded with a call to action for librarians to embrace their nervous energy and try something new to engage with music library patrons.

In early 2016 while considering the possibilities and implications of Stone’s engagement approach, Ryan Weymouth a trumpet player and current Music Librarian at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University became aware of a set of old print orchestral excerpt course readers behind the information desk. It was this small discovery and perceiving the importance of the readers to Conservatorium music performance students, and inspiration from Stone’s article that Ryan was able to grow and enact his own engagement project. A project that resulted in the production of a discipline specific recital and audition preparation guide featuring digitised orchestral excerpts, subscription resources, and testimonials from some of Griffith’s most talented academics, higher degree research candidates and internationally successful alumni.

Rebecca S. Randall
History a mouse-click away: Turning cultural heritage collection items into digital 3D models

The process of 3D scanning has evolved over the past decade. Previously, academic libraries could only explore the technology with the help of expensive grants. Now, thanks to advancements in 3D scanning technology, an academic librarian could produce their own 3D models using a smart phone camera and easily accessible online cloud software (such as ReCap Pro).

It is the lowering of these costly barriers to access that has prompted staff at the University of Queensland Library into action. The Centre for Digital Scholarship has generated a small collection of 3D modelling files, using photographs from a digital SLR camera and AutoDesk ReMake. The subjects chosen to be transformed into 3D modelling files include four grotesques situated around the University’s Great Court, and a cowbell that forms part of the Fryer Library’s Edward Leo Hayes Collection.

Currently, these five 3D models are available on the Library’s digital repository, eSpace. These digital cultural heritage items are listed in the repository under Creative Commons licenses, and are accessible to all repository users. University of Queensland Library staff are faced with a question: should they continue to add more 3D modelling files to the repository?

To explore this question, a comprehensive literature review has been undertaken. Academic libraries, galleries and museums have published case studies focused on 3D modelling file collections within their institutions. These case studies explore such salient issues as the ability to improve patron accessibility to cultural heritage items, while simultaneously ensuring the preservation of vulnerable ephemera.

There is ample evidence that 3D scanning technology can improve patron interactions with collection items in new and exciting ways. Knowing this, academic librarians may now have justification for their own exploratory efforts. Likewise, other institutions may continue to confidently develop their modest 3D collections, allowing them to grow into something much larger.

Tracey Swann, Aaron Trenorden, Rose Van de Weternigh, Redland City Council
The little robot that couldn’t…

A few years ago we came across a little 8 session workshop to build a Javascript Arduino robot in the basement at the Edge, after enquiring for a little time off, we were overjoyed to find that we were supported by libraries for the cost of the program and the time it took to complete.

8 weeks later, whilst we didn’t actually set them on fire, we did fail completely. Unperturbed and several grants later, we have traversed a range of coding and robotics platforms, from Arduino, to mBots, to Spheros and currently Lego Mindstorms.

From one little robot that couldn’t we are now running robotics in 3 branches and have taken them on the road to our island branches as well.

We have introduced approximately 500 kids to circuits, resistors, coding and computational thinking.  We would love to share our journey with you.

Kate Davis & Matt Finch, USQ
Where are Queensland’s public libraries headed next?

Dr Kate Davis and Dr Matt Finch of the University of Southern Queensland are currently completing a statewide consultation for the draft document to replace Vision 2017, the outgoing vision statement for Queensland’s public libraries.

Through workshops, interviews, and questionnaires across the state, Kate and Matt have discussed future trends, ambitions, needs, and opportunities with staff at all levels, as well as other key stakeholders. Their research consolidates these discussions with diverse communities and interest groups, leading towards a common vision for the library services we are yet to become.

From little things – a turn of phrase, an anecdote from the library desk, a word on a Post-It, a comment on the state of play for today’s libraries – big things grow: collective visions, workable strategies, plans for the future we want to see.

Join Kate and Matt for a session outlining initial findings from the consultation, exploring opportunities for rollout of the finished vision, and a chance to contribute to the ongoing discussion about where Queensland’s public libraries are headed next.

Natasha Ratajczek, SLQ
Summer Reading Club

This presentation aims to demonstrate the collective impact libraries are making in their communities, through a review of the annual Summer Reading Club report and data collection process which is then used to tell the summer reading club story.  It is through the sharing of individual success and outcomes across the network of libraries as they work with children, young people that we are all able to demonstrate and substantiate the impact that library programming is having on communities across Australia; from little things big things grow.

Led by State Library of Queensland (SLQ), in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), Libraries ACT, LINC Tasmania, Northern Territory Library, NSW Public Libraries Association, Public Libraries Australia, Public Libraries South Australia, Public Libraries Victoria Network and Public Libraries Western Australia, the Summer Reading Club program is delivered annually from 1 December to 31 January , both online and in 1,066 (74%) public library branches (includes mobile libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres) across Australia.

APLA’s continued commitment to the delivery of this national, highly successful literacy campaign encourages libraries to use their library spaces, resources and collections to enrich the lives of children, young people and families; engage, connect, inform and inspire a love of recreational reading and the library habit; and places libraries as ‘active connectors’ in building literacy, language and learning in their communities.

When mapped against APLA’s Guidelines, Standards and Outcome Measures for Australian Public Libraries, 2016, library responses collected in 2016 demonstrate that the delivery of the Summer Reading Club not only assists libraries in sustaining literacy in their communities, it is also helping libraries to achieve, operational,  strategic community focus, service offering and service delivery objectives.   As we look toward Summer Reading Club 2017/18 we have the opportunity to reflect on all we have achieved so far and what we can do to grow this success in the future.

Robyn Hamilton, SLQ
Soldier portraits in The Queenslander: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen of the First World War

The QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation project is a 4-year program of commemorative initiatives around the centenary of the First World War. Since 2014, State Library of Queensland has been undertaking a range of collection building and engagement activities to discover and highlight Queensland stories of WWI, and to promote greater access to digitised content. One of the major outcomes of the project so far has been the digitisation of over 30,000 soldier portraits, which were published in The Queenslander Pictorial Supplement over the course of the war. Among these images are portraits of Indigenous Queenslanders, whose stories of service have been largely untold. Working with independent researchers and the Australian War Memorial, and using the soldier portraits as our starting point, we have compiled a data set of Indigenous soldiers of the First World War who are connected to Queensland. The digitised portraits have proved an invaluable means of connecting to communities and descendants, as has sharing stories as we discover them on platforms such as HistoryPin and our own WWI Centenary Blog. These activities have facilitated further research to uncover family stories, and at 30 September we have verified 279 soldiers, 157 of whom have a soldier portrait in The Queenslander. What began as a handful of portraits hidden among many thousands will, by the end of 2018, be a unique open data set and a definitive list of Queensland’s Indigenous First World War servicemen. This session will provide participants with an overview of research into Queensland’s Indigenous soldiers, and discuss the potential of community engagement for their own collections and local stories.

Ellen Thompson & Helen McMahon, QUT
Take a Virtual Lunch Break

While you’re at the Mini Conference, drop by and try out an Oculus Rift VR headset, powered by a brand new Alienware laptop. QUT Library has recently purchased a Rift, as part of its arsenal of gaming and VR/AR equipment, and is in the process of making it available for use by QUT staff and students. How we finesse this might be influenced by YOU! What we want is to test the equipment, observe how it is used, and share ideas and learn from colleagues about how they are making VR and AR technologies available in their spaces. The Rift will be set up between 12:30 and 1:30pm – drop in, have a go. VR is definitely a big thing that is rapidly growing!

Jacinta Sutton & Thom Browning, SLQ
Picture it – Post it 

SLQ project officers Jacinta Sutton and Thom Browning will deliver a workshop based on their successful ‘Picture it, Post it’ activity held during the 2017 Fun Palace event at SLQ. Jacinta and Thom collaborated to produce a public programming activity for all ages, engaging external stakeholders including artist Rachael Bartram and HP to deliver this workshop that remixed curated content from SLQ’s digitised collection, playfully manipulating positive imagery from postcards sent home by Queensland Anzacs during WW1. Participants will create a digital collage from a selection of digitised postcards, and then use an online postcard app to write a message and send a physical copy of their postcards on to their family or friends, which they will receive in the mail 3-4 days later.   The workshop will provide an opportunity for people to engage with past and present notions of family and home, to digitally reuse and remix significant Q ANZAC 100 library collection content, and create contemporary interpretations of this classic form of communication with emerging technology of today.

Michael Hawks & Madelin Medlycott, QUT
Librarians & Dragons – A transferable skills workshop demonstration

Librarians & Dragons helps LIS professionals identify skills they already have and how they can transfer these skills to the job they aspire to have in the library world – but in a fun way! It uses gamification to promote professional development for librarians, and to encourage a different way of thinking about the skills that we can bring to the table to enter the industry or progress within it. The workshop brings in ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons, to offer a different way of viewing our professional development. The workshop takes participants on a quest through a library experience, using predeveloped characters, before tasking everyone to develop their own character profiles, focusing on their abilities (transferable skills), legendary items (qualifications) and completed trials (experience), and to begin thinking about other ‘quests’ we, as members of the LIS community, can go on  to ‘level up’ our careers. This 30 minute demonstration will include what Librarians and Dragons is all about, how we developed the game and why it is relevant to LIS professionals. This is followed by a mini demonstration of the game to give you a taste of what it is like to play Librarians & Dragons!

Rachelle Nofz, USQ 
Destination Darwin: Professional library placement with a tropical twist!

This presentation will highlight the benefits of professional placements and study visits, as a professional development opportunity. The decision to step outside my comfort zone and current library role at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to complete professional placement in Darwin has had a profound impact on my growth and development as an information professional.

Whether you are a qualified, seasoned professional or a student at the beginning of your career, I would encourage you to take well-considered small steps (or big ones) beyond traditional, or easy pathways to venture outside your comfort zone. By following a different path you can develop new interests, skills and a deeper understanding of the profession. The benefits are clear: you will return to your current role with new ideas; or decide to explore a new direction. Whatever the case, you will grow!

Kristie Jones, Endeavour College of Natural Health
Growing a National Information Literacy Program

Endeavour College of Natural Health was ranked the top performer in the 2015 InSync Library client survey with a new benchmark high. The top performance factors related to Library staff assistance. How did we achieve this? By increasing the visibility of library staff via a national information literacy program.

When I started working with Endeavour College in 2009, information literacy classes consisted of generic presentations held at the start of semester in the main campus libraries. These were poorly attended with the same presentations held for students regardless of year level or subject area.

As the Library Manager for the Brisbane campus, some of my main challenges were improving the content of information literacy sessions and liaising with lecturers to hold sessions during classes. When I was successful in achieving this, I was then asked to take on the role of coordinating an information literacy program across all six campuses.

This presentation will run through the methods used to implement and improve a national information literacy program at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. These methods include subject integration, incorporating interactive tools and activities, evaluating the effectiveness of sessions and analysing class content against the Research Skills Development Framework.

Mandy Swingle & Kellie Ashley, UQ
Hidden gems: Discovering and digitising the archives of Dorothy Hill for an online exhibition

In 2015, it was proposed that the University of Queensland Library digitise the extensive set of archival materials related to the life and work of the late Professor Dorothy Hill. After the death of Professor Hill in 1997, ninety boxes of her papers were donated to UQ Library, representing professional and personal correspondence, photographs, manuscript and research from her celebrated career. Dorothy Hill had been the first woman promoted to a Professorial position in Australia, and was the first woman to be admitted to the Australian Academy of Science, among many other honours.

Library staff assessed the material from this collection for digitisation. Digitisation would enable online access through the university’s digital repository UQ eSpace as well as preserve the collection. Thus, a little project about exploring one woman’s legacy became an 18 month project to digitise over 300 resources, create metadata, provide context and develop an online photographic and biographical exhibition suitable for a wide audience.

The online exhibition was launched this year to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Professor Hill. It features photographs, letters, unpublished reports and theses. An event coincided with the launch of the online exhibition and featured a panel discussion about Dorothy Hill’s career and her inspiration to women in science. The online exhibition enables the library to open up the digital materials to a wider scientific audience. Dorothy Hill had been a generous donor to the Library during her lifetime, and it was agreed that this celebration of her life would serve to add value to the library’s digital collection, provide greater access to the resources of the Fryer Library and show appreciation for a true advocate for UQ Library.

Daniel Flood & Mick Byrne, SLQ
The Edge’s journey over 7 years

This presentation looks at SLQ The Edge’s journey over 7 years of activating and building engaged communities. It will show the journey from 2010 where the library was a space to engage in programs and a facility to visit, use and meet likeminded people. Then, how the library explored the idea of engaging a community as a whole by developing a series of creative thinking role playing challenges called the Zombie Climate Apocalypse. This explorative process engaged local community and gave them permission and agency to have ownership of the library space.

Now a new project, ‘One Last Apocalypse (OLA)’ is a finalisation of this work.  Deception Bay Library and its community are also doing their own version of the OLA process as well.

This presentation looks at how SLQ The Edge is engaging diverse communities to develop a shared creative framework tailored to specific needs and interest areas identified throughout the afore mentioned project.

Communities are involved in the process of unpacking ideas, structuring, planning and running a final event they will devise with the library.  This process engages with a diverse cross section of the community, through book clubs and game nights, then into a design thinking process that unpacks possible outcomes of the program without the pressure of any specific outcome, generating the shared creative framework in which it operates. From this shared understanding and identified need, these engaged communities will develop skills in critical and social literacy, design and event planning to build community and a sense of ownership and place making.  These communities will shape and deliver the final outcome in December 2017 in collaboration with The Edge as well as in Deception bay.

Both libraries are documenting their process on SLQ The Edge’s wiki so that other libraries can have access to and replicate and adapt the model to suit their own community’s needs.

Matt Pascoe, Ipswich Libraries
The Market Place – Retail Therapy for Libraries

Ipswich Libraries have been working on a project we feel marks a paradigm shift in the Library service delivery model which sees us pivot from passive responder to active promoter.

The project is called The Market Place and it’s our Library in a Library. It’s where we can pretty much guarantee most customers find something to take home.

It’s a very popular addition to the Branch, with constant positive customer feedback and engagement. It has also delivered some exceptional loan results and has led to some pretty serious discussions around future direction for marketing, library design and collection development.

This presentation will detail how we came up with the idea for the Market Place, how the project was implemented, how the arrangement has been maintained, what issues have been noted, how the project has measured its success and where we see it going in the future.

The presentation will also describe how libraries can leverage both the incredible resources in our collections and the extraordinary, latent talents of our Librarians to deliver our customers engaging, uplifting and fulfilling experiences, time after time.


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How can I get involved in the ALIA QLD Mini Conference?

We are delighted to extend our call for papers to you, for the annual ALIA Queensland mini-conference. We look forward to welcoming library professionals, associates, workers, friends and interested parties to the State Library of Queensland on the 10th of November, and now is your chance to contribute to the program and let everyone know about the great things you are up to!

This year’s theme is Hack to the Future. What ideas do you have for your library’s future?  Whats the future of work in our industry and how are you navigating it? How has COVID shaped your place of work as we look to the future? What new innovations are you implementing? What skills do we need for the library of tomorrow? How are you harnessing an entrepreneurial mindset with the work you are doing? What technology is taking your library into tomorrow’s world?

These are just a few prompts, but I challenge you to think about how you might be Hacking the Future in your library or workplace. Your presentation can take the form of a workshop, lightning talk, presentation, panel session or something else.

And the best thing?… Anyone can apply!  This is a fantastic opportunity for students, early career library workers and experienced librarians alike. If you have never spoken at a conference, this is your chance! It’s a warm and welcoming mini conference that builds your skills whilst sharing knowledge, skills and ideas with the industry. If you have spoken at larger conferences, here is your chance to refresh those skills post covid and get back to centre stage.

The next step! 

All you need to do is fill out the EOI here https://tinyurl.com/aliaqld2021  and we collaborate to bring your ideas to life! If you would like some one-on-one discussion about an idea before you submit an EOI feel free to get in touch at aliaqldgroup@gmail.com and we will set up a zoom to talk through your idea.

Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by and get involved today.

James, ALIA QLD Secretary 

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