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:

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 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

PLWA Conference 2017 - Challenge Accepted

Just a reminder to make allowance in your budgets for the PLWA Conference
Registration for the Conference is $360.00 (full day) or $225.00 (half a day) both are inclusive of lunch. 

If you also would like to participate in the satellite workshops registration costs are: $120.00 (full day) or $65.00 (half a day) both are inclusive of lunch.

For more detailed information follow the link below:PLWA Conference 2017 Facebook Page 
PLWA Conference Committee

Monday, 9 January 2017

Save the Date!

Save the date!

Why:                A chance for the whole WA library sector to get together,                 discuss and explore what we have in common and how
                       we can all positively influence our changing profession.

                       Two pre-eminent leaders in their fields will be helping
                       us to get the discussion going.

When:             19th May 2017

What:              Library leadership: a celebration

Where:            State Library of Western Australia

For:                 Everyone in libraries.

                       Organised as a joint project by representatives from LIS within         WA, with special thanks to the WA State Library of Western             Australia for providing the venue and Kerry Smith for proposing       the idea.

Friday, 2 December 2016

2016 Great Library Quiz Night - HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Quiz night WINNERS

The ALIAWest committee would like to thank library colleagues and friends, the State Library of WA (SLWA) and sponsors for supporting The Great Library Quiz Night 2016. 

The event was held at the State Library of Western Australia on the evening of the Thursday, 1st December 2016.  The funds raised will assist to fund the Kay Poustie Scholarship and Sharr Award.  Major sponsors were ALS Library Services, WA Museum, Art Gallery of WA, Heyder and Shears, OverDrive, Bolinda, James Bennett and Wave Sound.

The event was very well attended by 11 teams who answered eight rounds of questions.  Bonus points were earned by completion of a quiz sheet to name different logos; working out the Dewey Decimal number for each table, and to see who could create the longest Mintie wrapper with only one Mintie. 

The Heads and Tails game was played and teams were rewarded with some bonus points for their tables and this year we also added “Air Guitar” to the quiz night, which was super fun to watch! Thank you to all of those who were willing to participate and earn some valuable points for their tables. There were some great moves :-)

Kym Andrews, ALIAWest’s 2016 Convenor was the MC for the night. Thank you for doing an excellent job Kym!


Table number 808.81 won first prize.

Second prize went to 796.63

Third prize went to 583.96

A special prize was also won by 571.49

The next ALIAWest Great Library Quiz night will be held in December 2017, and the committee look forward to another successful evening. 

Thank you Margaret Allen for your ongoing support with this event

You can have a look at more photos on the ALIAWest Facebook page.

The ALIAWest committee would like to wish you all a safe and fun festive season. Celebrate your loved ones.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Creating impact in Library spaces and End of Year Celebration

We hope you can join the ALIA Academic and Research Libraries (ARL) Committee for its final event of 2016.

We are pleased to offer an exciting panel with a range of perspectives on designing for, and engaging through, high impact library spaces. There will be an option to tour the recently refurbished UWA Reid Library collaborative zone prior to the panel discussion. We’ll also be celebrating a successful year for the ALIA ARL Committee over Christmas drinks and nibbles.

Wednesday 30th November 2016
Reid Library, University of Western Australia
5:30-6pm Reid Library Tours, commencing from Reid Library Ground Floor Circle
6-7pm Panel Discussion, Reid Library Second Floor Conference Room

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Our FABULOUS children's authors and illustrators

Did you see "The West Australian" this morning?  On the front cover of the "Today" liftout, was our very own Norman Jorgensen.  Full page! As someone who has read the book "The Smuggler's Curse" and considers Norman a friend, my heart was to full with bursting. (Highly recommend this book.  I would lend you mine, but I want you to buy your own and my non reading nephew begged me to lend it to him! #librarianaunty #winning

In view of the fabulous response to Norman's book, I'm going a little sideways and asking anyone around Albany on 9th November, to attend the launch of another swashbuckling adventure book. The details are below from illustrator Gabriel Evans' Facebook event  (find him here...  Gabriel Evans )

 Hoist the sails and join in as the Albany Public Library and I release my latest picture book, 'Captain Sneer the Buccaneer' by Penny Morrison/Gabriel Evans (Walker Books).

The book will be officially released by author, Jon Doust.

There'll be nibblies, drinks and the chance to win an original pirate painting available on the night.

Paperbark Merchants will be there with a treasure chest of Captain Sneer books available to purchase.

RSVP essential: OR (08) 9841 9390.

Facebook event link is here.

I hope you can help support our amazing local talent and our local libraries.

Good luck with the launch Gabriel and Albany Public Library.

ALIAWest Convener

The Great Library Quiz 2016

The Great Library Quiz is back 

for another year!

Do you enjoy proving how many random factoids you know? Do you like supporting
great causes?

This quiz is the end of year event for ALIAWest and is also supported by the State Library. Funds raised will be split between the Kay Poustie Scholarship and the Sharr Award Fund. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends in the profession and make new ones. Better yet, there will be prizes to be won.

Get a table together, bring some food and beer/wine/soft drinks and put your thinking caps on.

May the best and brightest team win!

Bring some spare change as there will be between round games that you can take part in.

Where: Great Southern Room, State Library of WA

When: Thursday, 1 December, 6pm for a 6.30 start (ends approx 9.30)

Why: For fun and to raise money for great library related causes

Who: Library people and library lovers. 8 people per table, so bring your friends/coworkers

How much: $10 per head collected at the door ($5 goes to Kay Poustie Scholarship, $5 to Sharr Award Fund)

Registration required, so click HERE to reserve your seat.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

[Via WAIN] Another great day!: New Norcia Library Lecture, Friday 14 October 2016

      With many thanks to Carolyn Talbot New Norcia (NN) Librarian and all the NN crew.

For another lovely day at this special heritage site which included a tour of the NN cemetery.  And the talks were most interesting too!   It is always lovely to catch up with the monks, colleagues, and to make new friends.

And I hope that WAIN can cope with 2 pics attached.

See you next year!