ALIA Students and New Graduates

The ALIA Student and New Graduates Group provides a forum for new graduates to communicate and socialise with colleagues and build relationships and networks within the profession. The group aims to facilitate networking for the new generation of library professionals, provide a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to new professionals, organise meetings and training specifically relevant to students and new graduates and facilitate the introduction of new graduates into the wider ALIA community. By doing so, the group aims to ensure the long-term future of the Association (relevance and member participation), and to support and assist with the mentoring program in each state.

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STUDENTS AND NEW GRADS NEWS ONLINE

The official blog for the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group. Stay updated on the activities of the Students and New Graduates Group, find out about upcoming events, and hear about what everybody else has been up to. There will also be regular articles and interviews of interest to new graduate librarians. 

Network with the Student and New Grads Group

ALIA Students and New Graduates are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 'Follow' or 'Like' us to network with other new graduate professionals in your area, and find out about upcoming events in your area and see who else is attending them. 

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SNGG Book Club

The ALIA SNGG Book Club is for studying, new, and existing Biblarians (ie. librarians who love to read!)

The club will be reading a new book and hosting a guided discussion every 2 months, and the SNGG would love you to get involved by joining their group, suggesting book titles and voting to decide which books will be read.

Find out more on the SNGG Book Club Facebook Group page HERE.

About your committee

Click on the individual names for more information.


Caitlin Wallace

National Co-convenor




Melissah Lester

Social Media Coordinator




Josh Carter

Social Media Coordinator, Regional Coordinator VIC




Emily Paull

Regional Coordinator, WA






Rhodora Spring

Social Media Coordinator, VIC






Adriene Rodriguez

Regional Coordinator, VIC






Rachel Homberg

Social Media Coordinator




Maddie Wilson

Regional Coordinator, NSW and Social Media Coordinator




Ashleigh Ward

Regional Coordinator, SA




Sarah Doecke

Regional Coordinator, QLD




Bebe Majstorovic

Social Media Coordinator, Instagram




Keren Moskal

Regional Coordinator VIC and Social Media Coordinator, Twitter



Caitlin Wallace

National Co-Convenor

Caitlin has worked in the GLAMR industry since 2014 and is currently working at the State Library of New South Wales as a Senior Library Technician within the Academic and Rare Books Team where she leads a team of Library Assistants and Library Technicians. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Cultures from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Library and Information Services from the North Coast Institute, and a Masters of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University. She is passionate about helping students and new graduates feel less overwhelmed and alone when starting out in the library and information sector and aims to facilitate casual ways for emerging professionals to navigate library and information networks. Caitlin is an avid reader with an intense love of glitter, carbs and houseplants. In her spare time, she can be found walking her incredibly spoilt Labrador Edgar Allan Paws around Hyde Park with her partner.

Cait Harvey

National Secretary

Cait has a Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies and is currently studying her Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies at Curtin University. Cait is passionate about the role that public libraries play in building strong communities and believes in making these inclusive spaces for all. While still new to the library and information space, she is excited to learn all that she can about the industry through the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group and is currently working casually across local public libraries. In her spare time, Cait likes to go for a run, curl up with a good book, spend time with her partner and two tiny dogs, or watch the Richmond Tigers. 

Sylvia Pilz

National Resume Review Service Coordinator

Sylvia Pilz is currently working at Monash University Library as a Librarian and has done so for the last 5 years. She has recently graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Master of Information Studies and also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies. Passionate about education and lifelong learning, Sylvia has spent the last 17 years working in predominately academic libraries such as the Australian National University, Australian Defence Force Academy, Deakin University and RMIT University. By joining the ALIA students and new graduates group, Sylvia wanted to meet new people and make a positive contribution to the library and information profession by connecting people and resources while overall demonstrating the importance of working together as a profession.

In her spare time Sylvia relaxes by watching her favourite movies, taking her 3 border collie dogs for their daily walk and dreaming about where she would like to travel next. 

Melanie Phillips

Regional Coordinator, SA

Mel is studying UniSA’s Graduate Diploma in Information Management, having completed her Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management in 2017. At the start of 2020, she was blessed to start a dream job as librarian in a high school library, despite having one unit left to complete in her degree. Each day has something new and wonderful, and Mel can’t believe how lucky she is to be working in a school library! In addition to being a Regional Coordinator for SNGG in SA, Mel has previously been on the ALIA SA Group committee (mid 2018 to mid 2019), the SLASA (School Library Association of South Australia) committee since February 2018, and was invited to join the CBCA Sub-Committee for Merchandising in August 2018 for one year. Mel has also volunteered for ALIA at APLIC and Info Online, and enjoys being actively involved in the GLAMR community.

When not working or studying (or volunteering!), Mel can be found reading or planning her next trip, spending time with her husband, two cats and rabbit. Mel is also an otaku, obsessed with Japanese culture, including Manga and Anime. She is becoming known as the manga expert at her school!

Lucy Hawthorne

Regional Coordinator, TAS

Lucy Hawthorne is a library assistant and curatorial research assistant at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. After working in this role for five years, in 2017 she decided to formalise things by enrolling in a Master of Information Studies at CSU. She is a freelance arts writer and artist and holds a PhD in art theory - 'The Museum as Art: site-specific art in Australia's public museums' (2013) - from the University of Tasmania and taught art theory at the same institution for six years. She writes for publications such as Realtime, Artlink, The Conversation, Art Monthly Australia, Runway and Art Collector, and until recently was the arts editor for Warp Magazine. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys orienteering, bushwalking, reading, dog walking, drawing pigeons, and tasting the best craft beers Tasmania has to offer. Her latest obsession involves attempting to climb Tasmania’s 158 Abels and performing on the peak (or near to) for whoever cares to watch.

Lucy joined the ALIA Students and New Grads Group as Tasmanian regional coordinator in order to meet other students and early-career library professionals. Her aim is to bring together this disparate group of Tasmanian online learners and collaborate with the Tasmanian ALIA coordinator. 

Adriene Rodriguez

Regional Coordinator, VIC

Adriene is currently studying for a Master of Information Management at RMIT and has recently been hired to work in both academic (RMIT) and public libraries (Hume Libraries).

Adriene is passionate about early/adult literacy, serving diverse communities, public service, and life-long learning. Service has been a theme in Adriene’s life since she was child. She has volunteered with a number of organisations, including PROV and the State Library of Victoria Volunteer Greeters. Her public service includes work with the Federal Census and both Federal and State elections.

Adriene loves spending time with her family and enjoys dancing, travel, music, baking, movies and reading.

Rachel Homberg

Social Media Coordinator

Rachel will be completing her Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management at UniSA at the end of 2019. She holds a Master’s in Music Performance and played the violin in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 12 years before leaving to pursue a library career. Rachel is currently volunteering in several public libraries and is passionate about

digital and information literacy, social equality, inclusion and diversity in libraries. She hopes to work in the public library sector in SA after graduating. Rachel joined ALIA SNGG in order to connect with other students and new grads, learn more about the library sector and
develop social media skills. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, knitting and crochet.

 

Rhodora Spring 

Social Media Coordinator - Twitter

Rhodora is a recent Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) graduate from Curtin University.

Librarianship was always interested Rhodora, but she never thought she would be a part of the GLAMR industry until recently. Previously, Rhodora studied Visual Arts and still frequently exhibit work she creates in competitions.

Rhodora can be found at Melbourne Museum's specialist library, enhancing her librarianship and cataloguing skills. When she is not volunteering at the State Library of Victoria as a Family Programs Assistant, you will most likely find her volunteering at OZ Comic-Con in Melbourne.

Rhodora is passionate about lifelong learning and creativity and looks forward to building new connections with fellow librarians in the ALIA Students New Graduates Group and gaining new professional development skills. 

Melissah Lester

Social Media Coordinator

After a career in law marketing Melissah is following the profession she felt she was always destined to undertake and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Information Studies through Charles Sturt University. Melissah spends her days working as a Library Technician at the Mount Alvernia College iCentre in Brisbane where she dabbles in both digital and physical displays, manages the iCentre Instagram platform, works on the circulation desk and spends a lot of her time teaching students and staff how to crochet – another of her passions. As well as having an obvious love of reading and all things bookish, her other loves are her husband and two children. By joining ALIA Students and New Grads Melissah hopes to meet other like-minded librarians and use social media as a way of promoting, collaborating and engaging with both new and experienced library professionals. 

Josh Carter

Social Media Coordinator

Josh is currently completing his Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) at Queensland University of Technology via correspondence and is based in Victoria. He has volunteered and undertaken professional placements at Monash University Library and the Public Record Office Victoria. Josh comes to librarianship from a background in higher research having studied contemporary Italian literature at a postgraduate level. In his spare time Josh enjoys learning languages, swimming and cinema. He hopes to make a valuable contribution to the library sector and is looking forward to joining such a passionate and engaged professional community.

Ashleigh Ward

SA Regional Coordinator

Ashleigh is in her second year of her Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies online through Curtin University. She has spent most of her adult life studying and working in Universities, including a pit-stop in academia where she wrote an excessively long thesis explaining exactly why fantasy fiction is awesome. She currently works in an administration/project support role, where she helps teaching staff figure out ways to be better teachers, and volunteers at her local public library, where she hopes that if she just keeps bugging them enough they'll eventually start paying her to hang around.

Ashleigh lives with her fiancé, their cats, chickens and ducks, in their beautiful property in McLaren Vale, which she believes (correctly) is the best wine region in the country. When she's not thinking about whether she has had enough coffee for the day, or what she's going to eat for her next meal, she can usually be found gaming, reading, or binge-watching TV shows. She also enjoys leaving the technology behind and heading out to a National Park for a few days of camping and hiking (and more reading)

Maddie Wilson

Regional Coordinator, NSW and Social Media Coordinator, Facebook

Maddie is currently in her last year of a Masters in Information Management at RMIT and living in beautiful sunny Newcastle. By joining ALIA Students and New Grads, Maddie hopes to gain experience in a representative role whilst contributing to an open and welcoming community for her peers.

She is passionate about social justice and the environment and with her academic background in History and Human Rights, Maddie hopes to become a change-bringer in the GLAM sector and is extremely interested in the reframing of cultural institutions to better advocate for and serve the communities in which they reside.

Sarah Doecke

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Sarah is on the home stretch of her MIS (Librarianship) with Charles Sturt University, set to finish early 2021. She has held a love of reading and learning for as long as she can remember. With a background in civil engineering design, Sarah is interested in accessibility, safety and connecting people with information. She has a strong interest in community and bringing people together, and hopes to build a career in libraries. As someone only just starting out in libraries, she is keenly aware of the need for professionals to have the opportunity to meet and learn from one another and wants to help facilitate this. If she isn’t reading for study or pleasure, Sarah loves to bake, play board games and explore her fascination with the world of vintage fashion.

Nic Brett

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Nicole has had a diverse career before joining the GLAM profession. She has worked in telecommunications, IT, web design, ELearning development, Learning design, technical training, customer service, and project management. As a self-confessed leftie, Nicole decided to become a librarian after reading an article about librarians in “Trump’s America” using their skills to help patrons to decode “fake news”.

Nicole is coming into her final year (class of 2021 yeah!) of her Masters of information studies at Charles Sturt University (Librarianship). She also holds a Masters of Arts in ELearning (UTS) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History (UON). Apart from being Regional Coordinator QLD ALIA SNGG, Nicole has been a Social Media Coordinator (Twitter) for ALIA SNGG in 2017 - 2018 and she was the new generation representative on ALIA educational advisory committee. Nicole has volunteered at international library conferences APLIC 2018 and ALIA Online 2019 and is a volunteer at the State Library of Queensland. Nicole is currently looking for paid work in the sector.

Nicole is passionate about archives and special collections she is the curator of her own private collection the Sydney Luna Park ephemera collection, she has started a You Tube channel Collectors Corner where she will be talking to curators and private collectors about their collections. She also moderates the History of Luna Park Sydney Facebook group. Nicole is interested in how UX experience principles can be applied to how we operate and design library spaces and how technology and social media can be integrated into library practice and design to enhance community engagement. In her spare time Nicole enjoys gardening, interior design, chatting with friends, reading, collecting Sydney Luna park memorabilia, politics, watching movies and documentaries, cooking and spending time with her wife and her two fur babies Kara and Ada. 

Bebe Majstorovic

Social Media Coordinator, Instagram

Bebe has been a lover of the GLAMR sector since her time began. She is a recent graduate of a double Bachelors degree in Business (Management) and Creative Industries (Entertainment Industries) from the Queensland University of Technology. In early 2020, her passion for collections management grew into a career goal. The next natural step for her was to enrol in a Graduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management with Curtin University, OUA. Bebe now hopes to gain further experience in all things GLAMR, and she is very excited to be doing just that, volunteering with ALIA Students and New Graduates.

Keren Moskal

Regional Coordinator, VIC and Social Media Coordinator, Twitter

Keren graduated with a Master of Information Management from RMIT in August 2020. After taking the plunge into full time study, Keren sought opportunities to connect and learn from people in her emerging GLAMR career, undertaking volunteer cataloguing positions with RASV Heritage, RMIT ceramics, and ACE Nuclear Free collections. She also has experience as a library services assistant at the AFI Research Collection and carried out professional placement at the National Meteorological Library in Feb 2020. Always looking for ways to engage with like-minded peers, she is currently volunteering with SNGG, as well as being a committee member for VALA 2022.
Keren’s background in teaching/ academic management in ESL education has shaped her passion for information equity. She is excited to be joining an industry that advocates for fairness and equal access to information, resources and data.
After bouncing around the world for a while, Keren is now based in her hometown of Melbourne and is equally at home curled up on the couch with a book or hiking up a wind-swept mountain summit.