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

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



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

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

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

RSVP: 4 April – email

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.