Monday, 16 July 2018

#IRLLibChat - Real Life, Real Talk

ALIA Sydney together with ALIA Students and New Grads would love you to join us in a social discussion on pay, conditions, and working life.

Over a few drinks we'll get real about contracts and awards, pay rates, and the realities of working in the LIS industry in Sydney. So that we can talk more freely, we ask that there be no social media generated on the night during the discussion. We hope you can make time to join us there.

But even if you can't make it, you can still help to make this event a success by completing our survey and by sharing it with others in Sydney and NSW. This anonymous survey will help to form the talking points for the evening, and those attending #IRLLibChat will get the first look at the survey results.

Find the survey here:

Event details

IRL Lib Chat

Tuesday 21st August, 6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Edition Book Bar, 181 Harris Street, Pyrmont


$5 ALIA members, please bring member number
$10 everyone else

To preserve anonymity and the chance for some frank discussion (and some fun photos), please bring a disguise.  Hosts will provide disguises for those unable to provide their own.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Tour University of Sydney Library spaces Saturday July 14 12pm

Come along on a tour through four of the University of Sydney Library’s spaces:

  • ThinkSpace- the University of Sydney Library’s experimental technology- driven creative MakerSpace

  • SciTech Library – for a brief introduction to the new frontline service model featuring our new standing pod desks

  • Fisher Library – for a quick tour of some new developments that have been enhancing student experience

  • The Quarter- for a tour of our most recently refurbished library space and an introduction to the Peer Learning Advisor service model

Be sure to bring your comfy walking shoes as we will be walking between the four locations.

Meeting point: Jane Foss Russell Plaza (outside Parma café)

12pm to approx 2pm, Saturday 14th July 2018

As spaces are limited the favour of a reply is requested. A wait list will be maintained.

Reply to book a spot or with any questions to

Tuesday, 24 April 2018



Who: You! Teams of up to 8 people encouraged to book, or just grab a ticket and join in on the night. 

What: Tickets $25 and include a glass of wine on arrival BOOK NOW

Where: Alliance Francaise : 257 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000

When: 6.30pm. This event will run for up to 2 hours, including team set up, rules and discussion afterwards

Why: Mystery Box activities are getting more and more popular in Libraries around the world. Come and experience it for yourself and get ideas about how you could use this program in your Library.

This particular Mystery Box involves the haunting of one of Sydney's oldest houses. The lights will be off and the race against the clock will be on!


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

18th May: Sydney Mystery Box Event

Teams of 8 are encouraged but everyone is welcome.

Alliance Francaise : 257 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

ALIA Sydney social event - Tuesday 13 February 2018

It's our first event of the year!

Come along and say hello and have a chat to the ALIA Sydney committee.
We have some shining new faces joining us in 2018 and we will also be welcoming Sally Turbitt as NSW State Manager.

We'll be there from 6pm onwards at the Edition Bookbar, and there's even be a special ALIA Sydney cocktail on the menu that night.

Please RSVP to Lauren at if you're coming along and we all look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Interested in joining the ALIA Sydney Committee for 2018?

ALIA Sydney is calling out for new members for 2018.

ALIA Sydney is currently looking for new committee members to join our team. On this Committee you will have the chance to develop skills in event and project management, and make vital professional connections -- plus you can have a lot of fun along the way! Because we cover a geographical area rather than a particular industry sector, our Committee works best when we have representation from many different organisations, and members in different stages of their career. Positions include Co-Ordinator, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Officer, and Event Officer. We welcome EOIs from all corners of the industry, including students.

ALIA Sydney presents a selection of formal and informal professional development events to encourage discussion and critical engagement, and create networking opportunities across the library and information sector in Sydney and beyond. The ALIA Sydney committee is a group of vibrant and committed volunteers who make it all happen. We are looking forward to a much more active 2018 and would like to at least double our Committee size.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be received by COB Thursday 30 November 2017 . EOIs should briefly introduce yourself and why you are interested in joining the Committee. All EOIs and any questions should be directed to the current ALIA Sydney Co-Ordinator, Lauren Castan at

The interested person should:

·         Be, or be willing to become, a current member of ALIA.
·         Have an active interest in professional development with the Library & Information Sector.
·         Maintain an active awareness of new issues and developments within the sector. 
·         Have strong communication and collaboration skills.
.     Be able to assist with the organisation and running of some events each year.
.     Attend regular meetings with the Committee. 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Special Collections and Rare Book Forum

Interested in special collections?  Reserve your place at this event.

This forum aims to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with special collections including rare books, manuscripts, pictorial collections,  and maps .
The forum will include an overview of formal and informal learning opportunities.
It will also highlight the passion and real life experience of some of our most experienced special collections librarians.
This is your opportunity to explore an aspect of librarianship which  specializes in the unique, rare, and historically significant holdings of a library: to collect, describe, preserve, interpret, exhibit and promote these collections.   
COST: $40 for ALIA members and SLNSW Friends members
           $50 for non-members

ALIA Partner Event
Monday 09 October 2017 9:00am to 4:30pm
Contact details
Maggie Patton