Wednesday, 4 April 2012

April Event: Taking the Next Step

Hi! My name's Amy Croft. I'm the Library Manager at the Sydney campus of CQUniversity, and joined the ALIA Sydney Committee this year as a Coordinator. I've mostly worked in academic libraries (after my first shelving and Library Assistant jobs in public libraries) and have long been intrigued by the similarities and differences between the various types of libraries and information services.

I often see job ads which specifically ask for experience in that type of library, which can give the impression that Library and Information Science (LIS) workers should stick with just one type throughout their career. But whenever I speak to others in this industry, I'm struck by how much we all have in common. I strongly suspect that we all share fundamental qualities, skills and knowledge that are transferable across the LIS industry.

I'm proud to be helping to organise the next ALIA Sydney event, which will explore how some high profile LIS professionals have made career changes, and will also be a great opportunity to network with people from different parts of the sector. Check out the details below, and RSVP early to ensure your place:

ALIA Sydney Presents: Taking the Next Step - Transition and Networking in LIS

Ever thought about changing roles within the LIS sector or switching to another type of library or information service, and wondered how others have done it?
Ever wanted to form a professional network, but not sure how to get started, or you just want to expand your existing network?

This month's ALIA Sydney event is the answer!

First, an impressive line-up of speakers will share their insights into how they have managed major transitions during their careers.

Speakers include:
Dr Alex Byrne (NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive of the State Library)
Dr Suzana Sukovic (St Vincent’s College)
snail (State Library)
Alyson Dalby (UNSW – forthcoming)

After being inspired by our speakers you will have a unique opportunity to connect with your LIS peers to discuss common interests and walk away with an instant network – take the next step and build your network to bounce ideas around, start collaborations, or share advice.

Date: Thursday 19 April
Time: 6.30pm (for a 7.00pm start) – 9.00pm
Venue: Waverley Library Theatrette (Level 1)
32-48 Denison St
Bondi Junction
Cost: $7 members, $10 Non Members (Pay at the door. It would be wonderful if you could bring the correct change on the night.)
Places are strictly limited so please RSVP your attendance by emailing aliasydneygroup@gmail.com.

Map:

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Getting there:
A short walk from Bondi Junction station (on Eastern Suburbs line), head towards the City along Oxford St and turn left on to Denison St.
Parking is available beneath the library via Ebley St, free for the first 1.5 hours. Bike racks are available outside the Library.

Competition:
Bring your business card (or make one- some tips on how will be here on the ALIA Sydney blog soon) to enter the draw for a fabulous prize pack!

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