On the 7th of February this year I attended Library Camp Australia, I was a bit nervous as it was my first industry event. However, I had nothing to worry about! I ended up having such a great time, learning new things and putting faces to names. I am doing my course online so it is not everyday I get to meet students studying the same online course, let alone my course coordinator! It was also great to finally see a few of the ALIA people I had heard so much about and to compare my learning experience with students doing their courses through RMIT, CSU or La Trobe.

At the beginning of the day everybody came up with a list of topics they would be interested in discussing. Then the rest of us went to morning tea while the organisers created a timetable and allocated rooms where each topic could be discussed.

The topics were:

  • Research service
  • Citation metrix
  • Collaboration
  • What do I want from RDA?
  • Creating learning spaces
  • Movies
  • Influencing stakeholders
  • Local history community engagement
  • User information
  • Micro blogging
  • Marketing ideas
  • How to get started: first job
  • QR
  • Overseas work
  • ebook and eaudio support
  • Publishers; evil or not? Promoting open access
  • Personal/professional divide in social media
  • How to find your professional voice
  • How to handle the IT lock down
  • Research topics
  • Digitisation

The topics I went to were ‘how to get started: first job’ which also covered overseas work, a bit on assignment and how to find your professional voice. I also attended the sessions where ‘creating learning spaces’ and ‘digitisation’ were being discussed.

My notes from ‘how to get started: first job’ are as follows:

  • Write out your professional goals, know them and take them with you to interviews.
  • Research and gain an idea of the type of library you would like to work in.
  • Make yourself an online presence (LinkedIn or a blog)
  • Use the summary section on LinkedIn to talk about what you want, skills you have and what you are studying.
  • On the resume have these headings: Name, Contact details, achievements, duties, work experience, education, references.

For assignments:

  • Read back over the unit outline and highlight key words. If the unit requires a reflective essay at the end make sure to use these words in it.
  • Write yourself a summary after each week, this will help you to retain information. What was each weeks topic? What did I not expect? What did I learn?

Conferences, organisations and associations in the information industry:

  • Australia’s volunteer International
  • Get onto the New grad events VIC committee
  • One Umbrella
  • Zenith
  • RAILS – Research conference
  • Acedemic.edu.au
  • World Vision and Red cross for library volunteer experience
  • New Library symposium
  • Caval.edu.au

Future reading:

  • HTML and CSS: Design and build a website by Jan Duckell
  • Resumes that get shortlisted by Jim Brighton & Jonna Earl
  • How to write and talk selection criteria by Aanne Villers

Next up my thoughts on either the ALIA Newgrads Interview Seminar or the ALIA 2014 National Conference.

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