ALIA QLD Group Convenor – You say goodbye, and I say helloooo

You say goodbye…..

After six years in the role as ALIA QLD Group convenor Kim Lewin has stepped down from the position to dedicate time to personal ventures. Kim has been an instrumental part in connecting LIS professionals, leading and coordinating numerous networking events throughout Queensland. Kim’s positive attitude, and knowledge of and networks in the LIS sector have been influential to ALIA QLD’s work. Thank you Kim and we wish you the very very best!

And I say hello….. helloooo, helloooooo

I’m excited to move into the role of Convenor for ALIA QLD, after serving as the Secretary for three years. I look forward to continuing Kim’s commitment in bringing LIS professionals and students together.  My main goal is to continue to provide engaging events and support for LIS professionals. If you have any questions about the ALIA QLD Group, are thinking of joining the committee or have a great idea for an event please don’t hesitate to contact us on Twitter, Facebook or email.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

Catherine Hoey

Here’s a bit about me:)

Catherine currently works at Griffith University as a Library Campus C14-A545-169.jpgoordinator and has over 13 years working in academic and school libraries. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies and Bachelor of Business (Management/Marketing), QUT.

Catherine’s focus as ALIA QLD Convenor is to provide welcoming avenues for LIS professionals and students to connect and harvest positive, supportive networks.




How to write a conference proposal panel discussion


Have you ever wanted to present at conference? Maybe you’re thinking about submitting to NLS9? There are so many things to consider! How do you navigate submission guidelines, fitting your idea into conference themes, decide whether to submit a poster, workshop, or presentation, and sticking to a word-count?

ALIA QLD State Manager James Nicholson will lead a panel discussion featuring Maddy Medlycott, Clare Thorpe, and Kathleen Smeaton. They will share their experiences submitting conference proposals and answer any questions you may have about the process. Afterwards, join ALIA Queensland and ALIA Students and New Graduates Group, for an evening of networking and nibbles.

When: Tuesday 26th June, 2018

Time: 5:15 – 8:00pm

Where: The End Room, Brisbane Square Library

Register: Send an email to




Shut Up and Write Tuesdays – Gold Coast sessions

Shut up and write

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.
  • 3 July 2018 – Southern Cross University, Gold Coast  CANCELLED
  • 4 September 2018 – Griffith University, Gold Coast
  • 2 October 2018 – Gold Coast City Council Library (Branch Location TBC)

Contact : Sue Hutley, General Manager, Library Customer Services, Bond University Library

With more background on Shut up and Write, from


What is fun, involves some rules and is full of people wearing strange outfits?

Nope, not the Royal Wedding. It’s ALIA QLD Trivia Night!

This year’s Trivia Night saw 121 people across 15 teams competing for the coveted “Champion Trivia Team” award and shiny trophy.


The night was filled with tough questions (did ANYONE get the one about the Olympics?!) and lots of laughter as we watched our fellow library peeps compete in strange activities. “The Longest Mintie Wrapper” competition involved some serious focus.

Some amazing raffle prizes were won and the Best Dressed Team was a bunch of scurvy pirates!

The ultimate winner was a team from Griffith University, “Quizit Me You’re Looking For” who proved once and for all that they are the Trivia Champions…at least until next year!

Another big thank you to our incredible sponsors, who made the night possible with their generosity and support.

Thank you to all who came along and made the night so much fun. See you all again next year!

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. The next session is on 5 June 2018 at The Edge (The window bays), 5.30pm – 8.00pm. Let us know if you are coming along –


ALIA QLD Trivia Night

ALIA QLD trivia night 2018 poster

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.

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.

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