Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Help ALIA affect real change - send through your AGM proxy form!

By Jessica Pietsch

So I was on the phone to Judy Brooker, ALIA's Director of Learning yesterday. Judy reminded me about the upcoming Annual General Meeting and the proposed constitution changes:
"to endorse the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Article 19 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in response to the many challenges faced by the world today and into the future."
I first came to know of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when I was working for Australian Volunteers International, they informed much of Australia's international development program. The MDG's came to a conclusion in 2015 and whilst there was a lot of criticism about their success and effectiveness, the next iteration - The Sustainable Development Goals, have incorporated the lessons and built upon the successes.

I was really excited when I learnt that ALIA was planning on incorporating them into our constitution. In a trickle-down effect means that our programs, accreditation and campaigns will be informed and support the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

However... as a membership we still need to vote to make it a thing! This year of all years we shouldn't assume the right thing will just happen.

You might like to read up on the other items of business first, but please do take 5 minutes to print out and send the AGM Proxy Form through to Sue at ALIABoard@alia.org.au by Monday 15 May.

Is anyone else's workplace incorporating the SDGs into their practices? I'd love to know!  Leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ever wondered about the origins of WAIN?

By Jessica Pietsch

Last week I met Peter Green at Murdoch’s Geoffrey Bolton Library. Starting out in my role as ALIA WA State Manager, many people had suggested I reach out to Peter, a pivotal ‘WA library leader’, partly because of his work in creating and maintaining the WAIN mailing list server that we all benefit so much from.

Peter started the list back in 1994 and maintained it in 1995 whilst he was working in Kalgoorlie, despite dial-up Internet being the only form of connection. Whilst we were together, Peter reflected on the primitiveness of the elist technology, surprisingly though emailhas persevered within our networked society.

It turns out that WAIN currently has over 2100 subscribers. Peter described his role as coordinator of the network as “a light touch…mostly people are extraordinarily sensitive and appropriate”, all subscribers start out moderated, then when they post something relevant to the LIS community, Peter changes their status to un-moderated.

You can subscribe to the Western Australian Information Network (WAIN) easily and for free, the list has three primary purposes: 
  1.  To allow dissemination of information about events of interest to members of the library and information profession. 
  2. To discuss issues that are of interest to a broad cross section of the Profession. 
  3. To advertise positions that have become available.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Library Leadership: a celebration

Dear WA Library Sector Members,
You are invited to a full day PD celebration of all things Library Leadership. 
Library Leadership: A Celebration is a joint project by representatives from LIS within WA including, ALIA West, ALLA (WA), WASLA, ALIA ARL WA, ALIA HLA, WALTG, TAFE WA Learning Resources Services Network, CURTIS, and with special thanks to the State Library of Western Australia. 
This event will offer attendees the chance to improve cross sector networking, by getting together, discussing and exploring what we all have in common and how we can all positively influence our changing profession.
For more information and to register please see the attached invitation or just follow this link: https://www.alia.org.au/events/15385/library-leadership-celebration

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Reminder: Sharr Award nominations still open

We are looking for the next name to go on this board. Could that name be yours?

Nominations for the 2016 Sharr Award (formerly known as the Sharr Medal) close on Friday 7 April. This award, named in honour of F A Sharr (State Librarian 1953-1976), comes with a $500 bursary to be used to attend an ALIA conference or undertake substantial professional development activities.

To be eligible for the award the nominees must be:
- A current Western Australian resident, having graduated from an ALIA accredited course in the last three years. The 2016 award is open to those who graduated after January 2014.
- A Member of ALIA.
Selection criteria:
- Demonstrated understanding of the values of ALIA and how these might be embodied in your professional activities. (Max 250 words)
- Demonstrated involvement in ALIA, other professional bodies and/or community groups and so on. (Max 250 words)
- Demonstrated understanding of current issues facing the library and information industry by briefly identifying and discussing ways forward on up to three issues. (Max 750 words)

Nominations must include:
  • Nominee details, including a current curriculum vitae
  • Statement addressing the award selection criteria
  • Details of two referees
  • ALIA personal membership number
  • Certificate of completion for library and information studies or library technician course

Further details are available on the website  https://www.alia.org.au/about-alia/awards-and-grants/355/f-sharr-award
Please contact aliainwa@gmail.com, if you are interested in nominating and/or require further information about the F A Sharr Award.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Celebrating the achievements of WA’s best and brightest

Last Wednesday night, over thirty WA LIS professionals gathered together at the North Metro Tafe in Northbridge to learn about the adventures and lessons of the recipients of the annual Anne Clyde Memorial Prizes.
Each year the WA chapter of the  Academic and Research Libraries Group asks the ALIA accredited schools to nominate their ‘Best essay or project with a research component’ and ‘Best practicum placement’.
The 6 prize winners, Cailin Howells (Curtin University), Anky Dennis (Edith Cowan University), Nikki Dunne (Curtin University),  Tetyana Rubery (TAFE) , Alessandra Giacchi (TAFE) and Yvette Drager (CSU) each gave a 10 minute presentation on their lessons learnt and achievements.
Curtin University, Head Librarian, Catherine Clarke and Dr Barbara Combes the WASLA President and Charles Sturt Lecturer, presented the recipients with their prizes.
The awards are administered by the Academic and Research Libraries Group of ALIA. The ARL Group  is convened by Barbara Parnaby, who has kindly provided some insights into Anne Clyde’s significance to the sector:
“Anne Clyde was one the first teacher librarians to receive a Doctorate. She was intensely passionate about her profession and a staunch advocate for setting up a research agenda in teacher librarianship. Anne was also a mentor to many young researchers and teacher librarians gathering evidence to support the value adding Teacher Librarians bring to their students and school communities. This award honours her memory and all those who benefited from the knowledge she shared so freely with others in her profession.”
You can learn  more about the life and passing of Anne Clyde on  Wikipedia or  Trove
Prize recipient Nikki Dunne presents on her paper for best essay or project with a research component.
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From left: Catherine Clark, University Librarian & Director, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University and Barbara Parnaby, Manager, Enquiry and Engagement Services, Curtin University and Dr Barbara Combes WASLA President and Charles Sturt Lecturer.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Let’s break the ice with ALIAWest ~ feedback

The first ALIAWest event for this year was held at State Library of WA on Tuesday, the 14th March 2017. 25 people attended the event along with three LIS professional guest speakers, Katie Mills (University of Western Australia), Lesley DuBois (Edith Cowan University) and Chloe Czerwiec (University of Western Australia).

Ghylene opened the event by welcoming guests, acknowledging traditional land owners, and introduced the ALIAWest Committee members. The presenters shared their experiences and some insightful information about the ALIA Information Online Conference that was held in Sydney earlier this year.

As the night went on, some common themes from all the presentations became apparent. One of these was the importance of collaboration – not only with those you work closely with, but from people you wouldn’t usually turn to when discussing a new way of doing things. By reaching out to people with different ideas and stakes in what you’re trying to implement, you have the opportunity to strengthen a project in unforeseen ways. Whether you're implementing a new repository, opening up how people can engage with your collections through open access and fair use, or if you're trying to implement any kind of change at your library – it is clear that collaboration leads to innovation.

After the presentations we had a chance to do some collaborating ourselves. Guests mingled and enjoyed some yummy nibbles.
 It was lovely to catch up with old and new friends and we’re already excited to see you at our next event!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

ALIA Academic & Research Libraries (WA) Prizes Event

Dear Colleagues,

The ALIA Academic and Research Libraries Group (WA) hopes you can join us for an evening to celebrate student research and learning in WA.

2017 Anne Clyde Memorial Prizes Event
Wednesday 22 March 2017
5:30pm for 6pm start
NorthMetro TAFE, 30 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
Room 285, Street Level (Level 2)

Please RSVP by 17 March to Jackie.stevens@nd.edu.au

Full details, including the names of prize winners, are in the attached invitation.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Let’s break the ice with ALIAWest!

Join us for our first exciting event of 2017!

Catch up with old and new friends while hearing back from three LIS professionals who were lucky enough to attend the ALIA Information Online conference in Sydney:

* Katie Mills, University of Western Australia
* Lesley DuBois, Edith Cowan University
* Chloe Czerwiec, University of Western Australia

Katie, Lesley and Chloe will share their experiences of the conference and key takeaways - so if you weren't able to attend, come along to live vicariously through them!
This is a great way for you to network with other Library professionals.

Day and date: Tuesday 14th March
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Venue: Geographe Room, State Library of Western Australia
Entry fee: Gold coin donation

Light refreshments provided.
To register: https://goo.gl/X4mZS4

Friday, 3 February 2017

Start Social: Build your professional knowledge network with ALIA and RIMPA

The WA ALIA Students and New Graduates group, RIMPA WA, Curtin DIS Alumni and the CURTIS Club invite you to meet the ALIA WA State Manager, Jess Pietsch, and the RIMPA WA Branch President, Lisa Read White, at our first event for 2017.

Jess and Lisa will briefly talk about the role of our professional organisations and the benefits of belonging to a professional community. There'll also be plenty of time for socialising, so what better way to kick off the year by catching up with new and old friends. 

When: Thursday 23rd February, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Where: Central Institute of Technology, 30 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
Cost: Gold coin donation to cover nibbles and soft drinks

RSVP by Monday 20th February via https://goo.gl/forms/C24P90AG5FHAECZ92