Friday 29 July 2011

More than just books and buildings

I'm not sure you're ever off-duty as a librarian. The questions about libraries keep coming no matter where you are, not that I mind. Recently one of my friends asked me if there is an age limit on borrowing toys from toy libraries. I've never worked in a toy library, or anywhere that lends toys, but it got me thinking about the different types of libraries that are out there. While libraries battle to define their place in a changing technological landscape, and groups and individuals look towards being more environmentally aware, I thought I'd look at what some libraries are doing to provide services to their clients.

Animal libraries
Starting with the endearing, you might have heard about the biblioburro or bibliomulas, travelling libraries in Colombia and Venezuela. In Magdalena, Colombia, Luis Soriano spends his free time operating a biblioburro. Every Wednesday and Saturday Soriano travels with his donkeys Alfa and Beto to visit a rotation of 15 villages, providing books, homework help, and tales to the children.

In Venezuela, the bibliomulas have even been equipped with laptops and projectors, becoming "cyber mules" and "cine mules", bringing technology and internet access to the villages they visit.

Tool libraries
In Australia and around the world, groups have set up tool libraries to lend and share resources (there's even a Wikipedia page). While there are permanent tool libraries, some were set up in the wake of the 2009 Victorian bush fires to provide not only the means for rebuilding, but as a space to provide emotional support for survivors. Tool libraries provide more than just tools. They also offer spaces for woodworking, workshops, DIY classes, and a community environment.

Seed libraries
I'm not sure if these are happening anywhere in Australia, but in the USA there appear to be at least 5 libraries who have opened seed libraries. The San Francisco Library's Potrero branch, Richmond Public Librar, Alameda Free Library, Fairfield Woods, and the East Palo Alto brach of San Mateo Public Library. Patrons can check out vegetable seeds to grown their own, and then save and return the seeds after harvesting the crops.

Floating libraries
Alright, so this one isn't technically a library, in fact it's a bookshop, but a library could do it so I'll include it. The Book Barge is a floating book store in Lichfield, Staffordshire, that is currently taking a 6-month tour of the UK canal network.

The Logos Hope is the world's largest floating bookstore/library. Run by GBA ships, the Logos Hope holds over 6000 books for purchase or loan, and the crew also help to build houses and donate provisions in under-privilege countries.

People libraries
If borrowing books isn't enough, why not borrow a person? Visitors to the Whitehorse Human Library in Victoria will able to borrow people, to provide "an opportunity for people in the  community to connect with and learn about people from diverse life experiences and backgrounds." The 'human books' can be borrowed for a short, informal conversation.

This idea has been tried elsewhere. The Human Library has held events around the world to try to "break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner." There have been living libraries in Turkey and the UK and Lismore, to name a few.

Footpath libraries
The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library provides books to the homeless and disadvantaged in Sydney and Woolloomooloo. Books are donated (by publishers and ordinary people) and are available for the homeless to choose themselves. Unlike a normal library, there aren't any due dates.. the books don't need to be returned.

The Crouch End Unlibrary in London is managed by a charitable company, interested in "exploring the future of the book in the digital age." The Unlibrary provides a space to discuss books and ideas, use wifi, use workshop space for readers, writers and makers, has a training centre, and even a portable bookshop. The managing company if:book also has a branch in Australia that is part of the Queensland Writers Centre.

It's not the same thing, but this reminds me of The Edge, the digital culture centre of the State Library of Queensland. The Edge provides "a place for experimentation and creativity, giving contemporary tools to young people to allow them to explore critical ideas, green initiatives, new design practices and media making." I've checked it out in person and it's amazing. The tools and technologies are fantastic. While I was there I met one of the artists who took me on a tour and explained how he'd created works that wouldn't have been possible without access to these resources.

I suppose the result of this is to question just what is a library, and to consider what else libraries could be doing with their communities.

And from looking into toy libraries around Australia, no, there doesn't seem to be an upper age limit. So go forth and borrow!

Katrina McAlpine
Librarian & ALIA Sydney Committee Member

Tuesday 26 July 2011

The Social Media Presence of Australian Public Libraries

For a project at a public library, I have been researching the social media presence of public libraries in Australia and internationally.

And, overall, I have to say that I am quite disappointed.

Obviously, I could not go through every single public library website in Australia, so I focused on the State and Territory Capitals and the largest Local Government Areas. Interestingly, Brisbane City is the largest LGA in Australia, while the City of Sydney and City of Melbourne are relatively small (ranked 19th and 79th).

I also looked at mostly English speaking Global Cities (New York, Amsterdam, London, Hong Kong) and a handful of “Sydney-sized” American, Kiwi and British cities.

What did I find?

1) Overwhelmingly, Australian public libraries don’t have their own websites—they live on a subpage of their council. Yes, I’m sure there are politics involved, but how can you have a modern public library webpage (engaging, dynamic, modular, and interactive) when it’s tacked onto a council’s webpage that is basically read-only?

2) 8 out of 16 didn’t have a Facebook Page while 9 out of 16 lacked a Twitter page. This means that half of the Australian public libraries I surveyed don’t have their own social media presence (and these included the Big Boys—City of Sydney, Brisbane City and City of Perth). To be fair, they often piggyback on their council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, so they do have some information flowing through those channels.

3) Those public libraries that do have some social media presence are not using them successfully. The top social media movers-and-shakers are Moreton Bay Region Libraries with 624 likes on Facebook, and Sunshine Coast Libraries, with 581 likes on Facebook. Not terrible, but not great given that they are two of the Top 5 largest LGAs in Australia.

How does Australia compare with other international cities?

Well, the New York Public Library is not only the largest public library in the world—it is also the largest public library in social media. They have a whopping 37,610 likes on Facebook and 133,841 followers on Twitter. That’s almost the population of the City of Sydney LGA! You may be thinking, “Yeah, well, with 3.5 million people in their library district and almost 19 million in the Metro NYC area, that’s easy.” But NYPL worked for it! They purposefully built their community, jumping from 4,000 Twitter followers in January 2010 to 109,000 followers in March 2011.

The San Francisco Public Library—with a much larger LGA than Sydney (805,235 people vs. Sydney’s 177,920) but with an equivalent Metro area (around 4.5 million)—has 6,027 Facebook likes and 1,183 Twitter followers. The Boston Public Library (5,259 likes and 3,932 Twitter followers) and the Seattle Public Library (11,551 likes and 1,114 Twitter followers) have similar stats—along with larger LGAs but smaller Metro areas compared to City of Sydney.

Yeah, fine, big American cities with large populations and huge LGAs have the resources and lack the politics to do what they want with social media in their public libraries. Have you heard of Salt Lake City, Utah? The Salt Lake City Libraries (with an equivalent-sized LGA and smaller Metro area compared to Sydney) has 1,300 Facebook likes and 4,945 Twitter followers. Not too shabby! Their website and presence online is a wonder—and it goes to show that you don’t have to be rich or big to be interactive with your community online.

So what about non-American cities? Looking at the Inner London Burroughs of City of London, City of Westminster and the Royal Burough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Portsmouth City, I wasn’t impressed. While they had Facebook and Twitter accounts, the City of Westminster had the only somewhat-impressive number of 843 Twitter followers. Wellington, NZ, however, had a nice number of 1,364 Twitter followers.

Why does it matter?

You may think that social media presence for public libraries isn’t such a big deal.
Oh, but it is!

Think of the marketing potential. With Australians topping the world charts for the number of hours spent online, that means you have the ability of getting across your library’s message—your collections, your info and your events and programming details—to a somewhat captivated audience of information and entertainment seekers.

Think of your library’s relevance. Where are people going for information these days? Unfortunately, it’s not your musty reference section. It’s The Google. Or Wikipedia. Or Yahoo Answers. Shouldn’t your library be right there in their Twittersphere or as their Facebook friend in order to provide the information they need, when they need it?

Think of your library’s web interactivity. Gone are the days of static web pages. Library users want to compliment, complain, comment. They want to be able to get library locations and times without leaving the comfort of their Facebook. They want to be able to RSVP for a library event and have it sent to their iCal (ok, that’s what I want). Librarians and library staff are the faces of the library behind the desk—shouldn’t we also be the avatars behind the HTML5?

Do you know of an Australian public library that is doing some awesome things online?

Even though I focused on public libraries, do you know of an Australian library (state, academic, special) that is doing social media right?

Jeff Cruz
User Education Librarian
ALIA Sydney Committee Member
All those opinions are solely my own and not a reflection of ALIA, ALIA Sydney or my employer.

Monday 25 July 2011

What do I read next???

As a librarian in a public library this is a very common question that can be asked day in and day out. How do you equip yourself to satisfy the client request? How do you choose books for book clubs that lends itself to great discussions? Being an avid reader myself I find this aspect of my work the most rewarding and I would like to share with you a few of the resources that I use to provide answers to questions where subjectivity plays an important role.

There is no resource greater than the books that you have read. Some of my favourite reads this year have been Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor, Wait for me: Memoirs of the youngest Mitford sister by Deborah Mitford, Major Pettigrews Last Stand by Helen Simonson, The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi, We have met the enemy by Daniel Akst, The happiest refugee by Anh Do….and the next one waiting on my bedside table is Super sad true love story by Gary Shteyngart.

Great resources include the catalogue, library reading lists that include mysteries, adventure, literature winners, Who else writes like…? , Fantastic fiction , ABC Tuesday Book club, databases such as Novelist and Books and authors, Nancy Pearl

Also Time Magazine July 18, 2011, page 45 – 51, has an article titled The best pages to turn this northern summer from 23 authors we admire. Janny Scott author of A singular woman: The untold story of Barrack Obama’s Mother has recommended The hare with amber eyes by Edmund De Waal. It is a memoir injected with history which should make for an interesting read.

There is also a lot of information on the readers advisory Wiki and you can also go to the 2011 twitter reading group at .

Also for the really keen visit red bubble to purchase a readers advisory hoodie/T-shirt at .

I must confess that at the moment I am just a tad addicted to Library Thing.  You can catalogue up to 200 books for free and for an additional charge of $25.00 you can catalogue unlimited books for life. I find this a neat tool to catalogue all of my reads with ratings for each item. It is also a useful tool to find out what others are reading; in fact it is a great social networking site for readers!

Happy reading...

Shoba Abraham - Public Librarian and ALIA Sydney Committee Member

Not just one way communication

Question came up as what do you do when the Manager or CEO decides that you are not to use web 2.0 technology to engage the community but that the only point of engagement is to be the official website.  The website is a good tool for disseminating the information the community needs but doesn't allow for community engagement as  you are only pushing the information that you say the community needs, not listening to the community tell you what it needs.  Any response to email request takes at least a few days to go through the right channels before you even get a response and the structure is very rigid.

This goes against what most libraries want to do - they want to reach the audience where it is found currently, whether that be via blog, Twitter, Facebook or as currently is the case Google+.  You want to interact and be able to provide the user with the information they may want in a timely and relevant manner.  You want the potential user of the library to feel a part of the community and be able to contribute whether with a book review or with a comment that is answered in a timely manner. 

Showing the Manager or CEO that the website is not the only form of communication that is available and that you can achieve much more by having multiple access points to your information is important.  Explaining the checks in place to ensure the accuracy of the information and the moderation of comments should be explained as should the benefits of using the blog or other web 2.0 technology.  Question remains whether you can change someone's mind about the use of a technology in the organisation or does it become an issue better left as is.

Vesna Cosic, ALIA Sydney Treasurer

Wednesday 20 July 2011

What we know, what we need to know

 Recently I found myself talking with some colleagues from academic libraries about the importance of qualifications and training. Inspired by some recent recruitment we have been undertaking, we turned to wondering about whether people should hold a full librarian based qualification to be considered for appointment in a tertiary library position. Many librarian level positions express a desire for applicants to be eligible for Associate membership with ALIA  as a proxy for  some form of Information Management qualification. In this digital age the skills that are required for many positions are based around technology, data management, IT, web design and online access. Additionally, some libraries take more of a corporate business approach in the promotion and delivery of their services and resources. So should professionals outside of the information management field be included in the staffing of today’s libraries or is it still imperative to have strong ‘traditional’ training?

How do we as library professionals learn the necessary ‘traditional’ skills such as the reference interview and information retrieval for clients if it has not been the main focus of our degree and training? I think back to when I started working in libraries. I was half way through my information management degree and lacked experience. Databases, information retrieval and the library world were still so foreign to me. I must have bluffed my way through my degree to this stage. My assessment tasks were full of imposed theories and concepts. Realising the difficulty of even landing a job interview without experience I started volunteering my time in areas that I thought would help me.

Luckily I scored my first library position working for an Interlibrary Loans department; an opportunity which I now realise was perfect in starting me out in my library career.  I was thrown in the deep end having to locate and deliver a wide range of resources quickly across a myriad of discipline areas. More coincidently my work was being mirrored by the courses that I was studying at the time. Putting the theories into practice made so much more sense. This experience holds me up to this day.

Reflecting on this experience and my career to date there have been a few key influences that that have given me the confidence, skills and experience that I now put into practice as a librarian. 

·         A learn by doing approach: Being throw in the deep end with queries and tasks on unfamiliar topics has been one of the greatest growth experiences. This includes having to plan for in-depth research consultations, classes and answering on the spot reference question in unfamiliar subject territory. 

·         Mentoring: Peer mentoring and working collaboratively with ‘experts’ in particular areas has provided me with such a wealth of knowledge. I have done this both formally and informally and have gained so much from other people’s ideas and experiences. 

·         Training: Training opportunities, involvement in resource development and product demonstrations is what I find tops off the learning and profession growth experience.
It has been a collection of training, experiences and support that has provided me with the necessary tools in my library career so far. We need to have flexibility when it come to ‘qualifications and training’ to accommodate the fast changing nature of today’s libraries.

What are the experiences and training that you hold up as main influences in your career? 

Bruce Munro is an ALIA Sydney committee member

Tuesday 19 July 2011

FINAL PLACES LEFT: ALIA Sydney Presents: Knowning Me, Knowing You

ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT  so please RSVP to to ensure you don’t miss out.

Have you ever looked at the job ads and wondered how do you become the person who gets that job? And with so many jobs having generic titles these days, what are these jobs really about? 

Come together to widen your library circle and hear a bit more about of those jobs you've always wondered about. Our discussion leaders will share their stories and then it is your turn to bring out your networking skills and get to know the people around you as we open some great topics up for discussion and you can find out all about those great jobs you never knew even existed. 

·         Larissa Reid, Reader Services Librarian, Law Courts Library
·         Jo Croucher, Digital Library Services, UNSW Library
·         Bernard de Broglio, Internet Coordinator, Mosman Council
·         Shardee Hoff, Facilities Coordinator, Shine Media
·         Vikki Bell, Freelance Researcher, Bellinfom Research
·         Leonie Smallwood, Library Programmes Coordinator, City of Sydney

Monday 25th  of July  2011 6:30-8:00pm (arrive from 6pm)
Upstairs, City Hotel, 347 Kent St (cnr of King St) Sydney City, 2000
Cost: $5 for ALIA Members / $7 for Non-ALIA Members (Pay at the Door)

Saturday 16 July 2011


I get so much email these days based on the many different things I am involved with professionally, socially and out of interest, I know I have to be organised. Given that more and more organisations are limiting the size of our inboxes I thought I would share with you some of the tips and techniques I use to keep my inbox virtually empty.
I know there are rules for minimizing our emails. These usually look something like this:
·        Use thoughtful headings so people know what they are going to be reading about and why they should do so
·        Keep the email short and to the point
·        Don’t go into email loop whereby you keep replying to each other
·        Don’t REPLY ALL if not everyone needs to stay in the loop
·        Don’t send to all and sundry if they are not directly involved in the conversation
·        PICK up the phone if what you really need is a quick answer or decision
·        Don’t keep everything “just in case”
You get the idea?
Not everyone follows these rules, so we don’t always have control over what comes in. How we deal with email is what keeps us organised.
Some active hints:
·          Where possible, turn Your Email Notification Off
If your email program checks for new emails automatically, turn it off.  Having a constant beeping sound when new emails come in can be very distracting and will make you lose focus – this in turn wastes time and causes you to be less efficient and effective.
·          Stop Constantly Checking Your Emails
Being at the beck and call of your emails will drain you of time and energy.  Diarize to deal with your email at certain intervals during the day and avoid the temptation to keep checking your inbox every few minutes.  Unless you’re waiting for an important email there is no reason to keep ruining your productivity with this nasty trap that so many of us fall into!
·          Keep Your Inbox Clean
Don’t use your inbox as an archive, hanging on to every single email ‘just in case’ you might need it.  If you must keep certain emails, create a folder and file them as soon they have been dealt with.  Opening up an inbox full of stuff that you don’t need is energy-drain that impacts on our focus and productivity. Keep your inbox as clean as possible – aim for empty by clearing out regularly.
·          Create Templates
Stop keep writing the same type of email over and over again.  If you find yourself sending similar emails create a template or draft email and use this to save time.
·          Pick Up The Phone – did I say that already?
Be selective in your use of email and always question whether picking up the phone or meeting someone would be a more effective way to communicate.  Resist the temptation to rely solely on email – it’s a great tool, but it isn’t appropriate for all situations.
So, back to keeping your inbox to a minimum
·        Set up a good folder system – mine has folders for school, sports, crafts and hobbies, professional, projects, friends, family and so on, with subfolders underneath (including and “archive” folder for each if I find I need to keep things “just in case”
·        Use an online calendar system so that when an arrangement is made or meeting organised the details can be transferred to that. I also use a calendar to note to self when I need to do something by, similar to Project Management processes
·        If it is relevant some of you might need to create a “to do” list (like in Outlook) where again you read the email, note the action required, when by etc. and move the email out of your inbox, in to one of those folders
·        Set aside a regular time to deal with your email – uh, I think I said that before, right?
What does YOUR inbox look like now? How do we turn it around?
Pretend you have been on holidays. What do you come back to (assuming it is away from your email)? If you want to start reducing your inbox here are some steps to follow:-
·        Sort               
You need to be able to see the wood for the trees in your sea of emails so the first step to recovery is to filter the ‘From’ column in your inbox so that you can clearly see who your emails are from in order to work out your priorities.
·        Delete
You will have pockets of emails that you receive purely because you’re on a distribution list or have subscribed to a newsletter for example.  Some of those will be important, but a lot won’t. 
Depending on how long you’ve been away for, many of those emails may be out of date or irrelevant by the time you get to read them, some may have been there from before you went! Get delete-happy!  Be ruthless, brutal and quick – cast your eye over the ‘From’ list and hit delete on any newsletters that aren’t critical to your goals or job, and any distribution-list emails that are old and out of date.
Importantly, get rid of the dead wood so that you can see clearly and prioritize effectively.  By deleting as much of the irrelevant routine stuff as possible you will allow your mind to focus on what is important rather than being distracted by a screen of chaos.
·        Prioritize
As your screen becomes clearer, you’ll start to get a sense of what’s in your inbox that’s actually important.  Think about the purpose of your email and prioritize accordingly. Create those folders I mentioned above and move things into them if you need to.
·         Action
 Once you’ve identified your priorities, work through your emails in that order and importantly only ‘touch’ each email once where possible.  What I mean by that is that once you’ve read an email take action on it there and then, and then move on.  As you read each email, deal with it. Whether you send a quick reply if that is all is required; note a time and place on your calendar if it is a meeting or a time sensitive action to be taken; and then delete it. Move it to the relevant file if you cannot delete it.
·        Be Time Aware
 Finally, so that you don’t let your whole day fade away into an email-abyss, make sure you block out a set amount of time in your diary to deal with your “holiday” inbox, and keep to that timeframe without fail.  The longer you give yourself, the longer you’ll take – so be ruthless, and push yourself to get on top of your email quickly.

Managing our inboxes seems such a basic thing, but is one which often gets away from us. By staying abreast of what comes in, and focusing on the important and time sensitive notifications, handling (reading) emails only once, keeps us on track in our professional lives. We all know we have too many balls in the air. I suggest we put some of those balls into folders and work on the appropriate folder without the distractions of those electronic “beeps” calling us to read them first.

Does EMAIL still even count as an issue? We are also monitoring our Twitter Streams, Facebook accounts, LinkedIn profiles, RSS feeds, G+ circles and the ever increasing ways of receiving information as well as requests to DO something or BE somewhere.

How do YOU stay on top of it all? 

Vikki Bell of Bellinfom Research supports the ALIA Sydney committee behind the scenes.

Thursday 14 July 2011

Staying on top of mobile technology

Close up of a sculpture on recent trip to Italy
Staying on top of the latest trends can be tough when you're juggling workloads, home, family, friends, study and everything else that takes up time in your day. How do you choose which trends to investigate further? Is the latest trend going to last or will it go the way of Google Wave (i.e. the dodo)? This confusion can lead to a "wait and see" approach which means waiting for others to try, possibly fail and report on things at conferences :-) Of course there are many who jump in with both feet at the sniff of an emerging trend.  I'm sure you can pick which camp you fall into.

Mobile technologies have been on the trend watch list for a while now and are definitely worth investigating further. The "wait and see" period should be over - it's time to jump in! But why should libraries care about mobile devices? They're expected to be the main method of accessing the internet withing the next 18 months and people are now spending more time on apps than the internet! This means the way our clients access, use and share information has changed so we need to rethink how we deliver services. Many libraries are responding to this challenge and librarians are continuing to develop skills and expertise in this area. Hopefully this post will give you some direction if you're still getting your head around it and if you're already an app addict, hopefully it'll hold something for you too.

What can we do?

  • Facebook and Twitter are both increasingly being accessed via mobile apps. Set these up and you automatically have a presence in the mobile world. They provide an opportunity to communicate with clients informally and connect with them via their mobile networks. 
  • Foursquare is a geo-location based game where people checkin to win mayorships and badges which they share with their social networks. Claim your location to start running library promotions for free.
  • QR codes are a square shaped barcode that can be scanned using a smartphone and will connect to online information. Libraries are using them to link to videos, contact information, webpages, competitions, brochures, journal articles - ANYTHING online! Many are now also using them to create games like treasure hunts and scavenger hunts.
  • Many libraries are making a mobile friendly library website with contact details, opening hours and access to their catalogue. When doing this you need to consider who will be accessing the mobile site, what kind of information they're likely to access and what device they're on? You need to design for at least Apple and Android platforms. Some libraries have an app and others have a mobile version of their website.
  • Screencasts and videos are being made to keep up with the demand for more visual delivery of information and training. You can make these accessible on mobile devices by uploading them to YouTube. It's a good idea to think about the small screen and make sure you zoom up on what you're talking about.
  • Trial ebook reader loan schemes. Many libraries are trying this with mixed results results largely due to publisher and device restrictions. Devices are usually intended for single person use. Despite the drawbacks many libraries describe high usage of the service.

How do we find out more?
Conference papers are a great way to find out what others are doing and clarify your own ideas. These are some recent conferences on mobile technologies with links to abstracts and papers. Many of them explain in detail projects that were started to achieve things in the list above.
m libraries 2011, Brisbane
Handheld Librarian conference archive
Handheld Librarian online conference 27-28 July 2011 <-- coming up!
mlibraries 101, online seminar - keynote by Meredith Farkas
IADIS mobile learning conference

There are also some bloggers that are good to follow:

How do I hone my skills?
At the m-libraries conference in May this year Kate Davis and Helen Partridge presented that m-librarians need a combination of skills, knowledge and attributes such as: IT skills, user focus, communication, collaboration, research and development.  Are these any different from what's been expected until now or is the focus slightly different? In my opinion, all these skills have been needed in the past but it's the way we apply them that is constantly changing. So how do we go about applying these skills to the mobile world? The first thing to do is get yourself a smartphone and start playing because there's no better way to understand what all the fuss is about. The next thing would be to read journal articles, conference papers and attend future conferences if possible. Before long you could even be presenting at one yourself! Finally, the key to achieving things in this area is collaboration. Technology changes all the time and it's impossible to know everything so team up with others because there's always strength in numbers.

Sophie is an ALIA Sydney committee member @misssophiemac

Message from ALLA (NSW)

ALLA NSW is presenting  a talk by Sally Dallas from Zenith on

Employment Matters : Recruiting the Right Person: an Employer's Perspective

The event will be held on July 21st at 12.30pm-2.30pm.

The venue

Blake Dawson,
L36 Grosvenor Place
225 George St

ALLA Members free
Non-members $10

RSVP by19th July to

Trish Allard
phone: 9221 0399

Posted on behalf of ALIA (NSW) by Vikki Bell, supporting ALIA Sydney Committee

Sunday 10 July 2011

Knowing Me, Knowing You: Final Discussion Leaders Announced

 We are pleased to confirm that in addition to the talented: 
  •  Larissa Reid : Reader Services Librarian : Law Courts Library
  •  Bernard de Broglio : Internet Coordinator : Mosman Council 
  •  Jo Croucher : Digital Library Services : UNSW Library     
our next event Knowing Me, Knowing You will be featuring: 
  •  Shardee Hoff : Facilities Coordinator : Shine Media
  • Vikki Bell : Freelance Researcher 
  • Leonie Smallwood : Library Programmes Coordinator : City of Sydney 
Numbers are strictly limited so please RSVP to to ensure you don’t miss out.

Haven't heard about this event yet? Details are below: 

Have you ever looked at the job ads and wondered how do you become the person who gets that job? And with so many jobs having generic titles these days, what are these jobs really about? 

Come together to widen your library circle and hear a bit more about of those jobs you've always wondered about. Our discussion leaders will share their stories and then it is your turn to bring out your networking skills and get to know the people around you as we open some great topics up for discussion and you can find out all about those great jobs you never knew even existed. 
Monday 25th  of July  2011 6:30-8:00pm (arrive from 6pm)
Upstairs, City Hotel, 347 Kent St (cnr of King St) Sydney City, 2000
Cost: $5 for ALIA Members / $7 for Non-ALIA Members (Pay at the Door)