While I wait for September to come around with the ALIA National Conference and ALIANewgrads Interview Seminar, I thought I would write a couple of blog posts about other ALIA events I attended this year.

On Thursday the 22nd of May I went to Join the Dots with Us and went out for drinks with some fellow Newgrads afterwards. The Join the Dots with Us event had speakers from every ALIA group in Victoria.

  • NewGrads
  • Library Technicians (Libtech)
  • Specials
  • Reference and Information Services (RAIS); and
  •  ALIA Vic

These speakers told us about the function of each group, the committee members who ran each group and upcoming events they had. Speaking of, the ALIALibtech group have their River of Opportunities symposium coming up in November. Any information professional (studying or otherwise) is welcome to attend.

Something I have picked up quickly through these ALIA events is that networking is key to getting yourself a job.  Which is why I found this event incredibly helpful because it gave me the chance to put faces to names and chat with people who already work in the sector I want to enter after graduation.

After all that networking it was wonderful to have a drink with fellow students and discuss topics like online learning and ways to deal with the disconnect that some students feel. Whether we preferred courses with opportunities for industry experience or not and the best ways to network. My favourite suggestion of the night was to wear something that gets you noticed, not outlandish or completely out there, but something people will remember like a beautiful handmade hair band or blazer with patches and pins stuck all over the back of it.

Next up, my thoughts on Library Camp Melbourne 2014.

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