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.

 

 

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. 

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About your committee

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Anna Rubinowski
Convenor

Anita Castanho
National Secretary,
Regional Coordinator, VIC 
Sylvia Pilz
National Resume Review Service Coordinator

David Trimble

Regional Coordinator, ACT

Veronica Fitzpatrick
Regional Coordinator, NSW,
National Resume Review Service Coordinator,
Social Media Coordinator
Melissa Buckman
Regional Coordinator,
NSW

Liz Parnell

Regional Coordinator, NSW & Social Media Coordinator

Annette Messell
Regional Coordinator,
QLD
Maddy Medlycott
Regional Coordinator, QLD
& Social Media Coordinator

 

Kylie Burgess
Regional Coordinator, QLD
& Social Media Coordinator

Laura Wheatley

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Michelle Canny

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Maria Costa
Regional Coordinator, SA

James Wilson
Regional Coordinator, SA

Melanie Phillips

Regional Coordinator, SA

Glenn Mulcaster
Regional Coordinator, TAS

Heather Marshall
Regional Coordinator, VIC

Havva Teede
Regional Coordinator, WA
 
Kristin Stephenson
Regional Coordinator, WA

Sonja Prokop
Regional Coordinator, WA

 

Irene Guidotti
Social Media Coordinator
Alysha Esdaile
Social Media Coordinator
Anthea Darmon
Social Media Coordinator

Stephanie Morton
Social Media Coordinator,
National Resume Review Service Coordinator
Nicole Brett
Social Media Coordinator

Melissah Lester

Soical Media Coordinator

Josh Carter

Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlyn Houston

Social Media Coordinator

Kirsten Berry

Social Media Coordinator

 

 

 

 


Anna Rubinowski

Co-convenor

Anna Rubinowski is currently working at Monash University Library as the Ada Booth Librarian for the Ada Booth Slavic Collection and as a Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies, German Studies, International Studies and Classics. She holds a M.A. in German and English Philology and recently completed her Master of Information Management at RMIT. Anna has had a varied career outside the library profession with experience in records management, marketing and sales. Her interests are in international and early career librarianship, and information and data management. In her role as Co-convenor of ALIA Students and New Graduates Group she is actively working towards strengthening connections between all information management students, new graduates. Anna would love to hear any ideas that you might have for this group.

Anita Castanho 

National Secretary / Regional Coordinator VIC 

Anita Castanho has just completed her Graduate Diploma of Information Management at RMIT University, and has previously completed a Bachelor of Arts. She is currently working as a Community Outreach Library Officer at Boroondara Library Service, and her previous library experience includes time at the American Library in Paris as volunteer and staff member. Anita came to libraries through stints in various book industries including book sales, distribution and publishing. But it is in libraries where she has been able to bring together her love of working with the community and connecting them with their information needs. Anita became involved in ALIA Students and New Graduates Group to be part of creating a strong and welcoming community for new library and information professionals, something she has found invaluable during her own journey. In her spare time Anita likes to read, think about all the places in the world she hasn’t visited, visit new places closer to home in Melbourne and Victoria, and consider all the crafty things she wants to do but is terrible at doing.

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.

 

Stephanie Morton

Social Media Cooridnator, National Resume Review Service Coordinator

Stephanie moved from Los Angeles to Australia in 2006, gaining citizenship in 2015. She currently works as a Library Officer, Metadata and Repository Services at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD. She enjoys the diversity of her position at JCU Library, which includes cataloguing, collection management, research repository work, and digitisation and metadata work for a Special Collections repository. She also enjoys assisting clients during weekend shifts on the help desk.

Stephanie hold a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Marine Biology) from James Cook University and is finalising a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University this year. She has previously worked as a chocolatier, video game tester, and a bookkeeper. Stephanie is passionate about technology, metadata, digitisation, gamification, special and rare collections, science, and research skills. She loves finding ways to use her eclectic range of background and experiences for the benefit of the GLAMR community.

Outside of work, Stephanie is a voracious reader, occasional crafter and gamer, and an unabashed pet and animal lover.


David Trimble

David works as a Liaison Librarian at the Canberra Institute of Technology. This is a varied role that keeps him busy with many aspects of librarianship. David is a life-long learner who thoroughly enjoyed completing a Graduate Diploma in Digital Information Managment at the University of Technology Sydney in 2016. He previously studied history and other interesting things at the University of Newcastle. 

David grew up in Newcastle, NSW and lived there most of his life. He has also lived for short periods in Sydney, Melbourne and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. He is currently lives in Canberra with a lovely wife and a small black cat. 

In his spare time David tries to stay active but also enjoys reading, music, podcasts and talking about library stuff.


Veronica Fitzpatrick

NSW Regional Coordinator, National Resume Review Service Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator

Veronica is currently studying a Diploma of Library and Information Services at Sydney TAFE. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Veronica is a bibliophile and loves to buy antique books (the subject doesn’t matter). She also loves medieval history, art, classical music, reading, and doing embroidery. She is currently writing a novel that she hopes to release in the next 10 or 20 years. 

Veronica hopes to one day work in the GLAM sector – she doesn’t matter where as long as she is surrounded by books and history. She can’t wait to work with ALIA and meet other like-minded people.

 

Melissa Buckman

NSW Regional Coordinator

Melissa is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Librarianship and Corporate Information Management through Curtin University (online with OUA). She has worked as a Health Library Assistant at Coffs Harbour Health Campus since April 2017 after moving from Darwin at the end of 2016 with my family. In Darwin she worked at Casuarina Public Library and before that managed QBD The Bookshop Casuarina Store from June 2015. Previously she worked at and managed a small independently owned bookshop in the Hunter Valley from January 2007. As you can tell Melissa likes working with books! She joined ALIA SNGG to be able to advocate for libraries as she is passionate about them having being around for a long time yet, and to be around and talk to like-minded people. 

Outside of work Melissa enjoys reading (whatever genre she feels like at the time but at the moment its more study materials than anything else), literacy, cooking, travel (want to do more of it), anything French, lifelong learning, spending time with family and pets and her absolute favourite time of the day is getting in to bed (with clean sheets) after the kids have gone to bed with a good book (that she can’t wait to read but doesn’t want to finish at the same time).

 

Liz Parnell

NSW Regional Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator

Liz is a current Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) student studying online through Charles Sturt University.  Her superpower is connecting people with the information that they need. Liz has a background in Early Childhood Education and has worked in a bookshop and had a short-term stint in a school library.  She has spent most of the last fifteen years as a stay at home parent to her five children and is retraining, ideally obtaining a library position within cycling distance of home. She enjoys bringing people together and hopes to achieve this through her role with the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group. 


Annette Messell

Regional coordinator, QLD

Annette graduated from the Masters in IT (LIS) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2014 and has been working as a reference librarian at QUT since then. With a background in Creative Writing, Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Annette enjoys combining her love of research and education to help other people. By joining ALIA Students and New Grads she hopes to help create a community of like-minded people new to the library profession. In her spare time Annette likes to watch a bunch of TV and read trashy romance novels. 

 

Maddy Medlycott

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Maddy graduated from the Masters in IT (LIS) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2016. During her studies she worked as a reference library at QUT and continues working in this role. She also works as a reference and training librarian at Crown Law Library. With an eclectic working and studying background including science, insurance, human resources and zoology, Maddy loves being able combine her varied experiences in order to help other people reach their goals. By joining ALIA Students and New Grads she hopes to provide support and encouragement to people new to the library profession in order to engage with and learn from one other to achieve their career goals.  In her spare time Maddy likes to read, read and read some more and travel all over the world. She is also still patiently waiting for her letter to Hogwarts to arrive.

 

Laura Wheatley

Regional Coordinator QLD

Laura completed her Master of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University in 2017 and is currently working at Griffith University. She has been between public and academic libraries for over ten years and enjoys the differences that both brings. With a background in Primary Education, she also has a passion for learning and technology. With joining ALIA Students and New Grads, Laura hopes to help bring the community of students and new grads together to help and support them in their beginnings of their career in the profession. In her spare time, you'll find her having coffee up on the Sunshine Coast where her two favourite border collies live as well as watching her favourite K-dramas and practising her very bad Korean.

 

Michelle Canny

Regional Coordinator QLD

Michelle has recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Information Management with the University of South Australia, adding to a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney. With a background in public service and management consulting, and experience studying distance, she hopes to bring useful skills and build broad networks for local and distance students in Queensland. Michelle lives in Brisbane with her husband and two children and loves the Queensland lifestyle. 


Maria Costa

Regional Coordinator, SA

Maria is currently working at the University of South Australia as an Acquisitions Support Librarian while finishing off her Graduate Diploma in Information Management at UniSA. Prior to this, Maria worked as a Graduate Library Officer at UniSA and has held various roles at the University of Adelaide including Education Officer at the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Maria has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Philosophy (Classical Studies) and it is during this time that she developed a passion for connecting others with information. Maria is obsessed with Ancient History and requires caffeine to function.

 

James Wilson

Regional Coordinator, SA

James currently works as a Graduate Library Officer (GLO) at the University of South Australia whilst studying a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. James is new to libraries, having commenced with UniSA in August 2016 and has finally realised this is the sector he wants to work in. Prior to this he has worked in Retail Management roles at Borders and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2015 he completed a Bachelor of Management, majoring in Human Resource Management. He has a passion for systems, training and development and writing procedures (I love writing procedures). As co-coordinator he intends to pass on the skills that he has learnt through his roles and studying to assist Students and New Graduates find their place in the GLAM sector.

Outside of work he enjoys spending weekends with his family (he has two young boys), procrastinating studying,  reading (SciFi and Fantasy mostly), watching TV shows, actually studying and occasionally sleeping.

 

Melanie Phillips

Regional Coordinator, SA

Mel has just commenced studying externally in UniSA’s Graduate Diploma in Information Management, having completed her Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management in 2017. Mel has worked in childcare and administration, but it was when she worked in administration in a school that she realised she needed to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a librarian, with the ultimate dream of working in a school library. Currently Mel works in admin in education and volunteers at her nieces’ school library.

When not working or studying, 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.


Glenn Mulcaster

Regional Coordinator, TAS

Glenn is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) at Curtin University as a distance student through Open Universities Australia. He was motivated to study librarianship and archive management to help find information in his journalism career. He has worked for almost three decades as a print journalist for newspapers in Australia and Hong Kong and still writes for newspapers including The Age and The Weekly Times. He returned with his wife and daughter to Tasmania in 2015 to live on a small farm near Launceston.


Heather Marshall

Regional Coordinator, VIC

Heather Marshall is currently completing her final year of the Masters of Information Studies with Charles Sturt University. She came to love librarianship after volunteering with an academic library during her Bachelor of Arts where she majored in history, causing her to swap from her initial desire for the history profession to that of librarianship. Heather would love to merge these interests in the future and to find herself in some role which embraces both areas. Heather is a geeky, creative sort and has her fingers in several crafty pies from knitting and writing to junk journaling and clay modelling. Heather is happiest when her hands and mind are busy, yes, this means she has worked out how to knit and read at the same time.


Havva Teede

Regional Coordinator, WA

Havva recently completed the Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) at Curtin University. Currently working part-time at the Curtin University School of Built Environment Resource library as a library officer. In her role, she enjoys helping the students with their 3D printing, and doing some of her own - the possibilities are endless! 
 
Havva is passionate about helping provide inclusive and free access to information. She loves connecting people to things, like other people, resources, and facilities. In her spare time Havva volunteers for the English Conversation Group at her local public library. Something close to her heart, having migrated with her family in 1985 from Turkey. She loves this volunteering, hearing the fascinating stories of others and assisting them in learning the colloquial Australian language is a special privilege.
 
Havva also enjoys spending quality time with her family, mostly at the beach, reading and soaking up the sun.
 

 

Kristin Stephenson

 
Regional Coordinator, WA
 
Kristin is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies at Curtin University. She is also working at several public libraries and enjoying every minute.
As a newcomer to the GLAMR sector in 2017, Kristin has found the community to be very supportive and welcoming and, as a regional coordinator, she is looking forward to providing the same welcoming and helpful environment that she was lucky enough to experience.
When she isn’t working or studying, Kristin can be found reading a good book, practising her instruments, or crafting the time away (sometimes even when she should be studying)!
 
 

Sonja Prokop

 
Regional Coordinator, WA
 
Sonja started her professional life as a veterinarian, but has since worked in a variety of roles in sales, event management, finance and training.  In 2015, she finally took her family’s advice to follow her passion of connecting people with useful information, by studying a Master of Information Studies (Charles Sturt University), deciding to specialise in Knowledge Management.  Recently moving into a Database Administration role at RSPCA WA, Sonja looks forward to working with likeminded people keen to use data strategically.  When not working or studying, she enjoys time with family and friends, travel, walking, quilting, reading and attending opera.

Irene Guidotti

Social Media Coordinator

Irene is completing her Master in Business Information System (Library and information science) at Monash University. She has a background in Communication Science and currently works as sessional librarian at the Research and Learning department at the Matheson Library, Monash University. 

Previously, she worked in Italy in Public libraries for almost six years, covering several roles; she also had experience in Tourism Industry, Archival research, Sales and Multimedia Journalism.

Her main interests range from Information, Knowledge and Data Management to History and Digital Humanities.

The best achievement she is proud of has been completing an archaeological/archival project on the trace of a writer, traveller and archaeologist ante litteram, Amalia Nizzoli, who lived during the first half of the ninetheen century, recreating her last years of life and discovering her long lost tomb.

In the spare time, when Irene is not taking photos, lost in the nature or in a new city without a map, she loves listening to music, playing soccer and enjoying a traditional cup of coffee.

 

Alysha Esdaile

Social Media Coordinator

Alysha is a volunteer Collections Assistant at Parramatta Heritage Centre. She recently completed a Master of Information Management from Curtin University and also holds a Bachelor of Internet Communications (Curtin University). She is interested in the use of technology and social media by libraries to enhance community engagement, metadata, digital humanities, archives and digitisation. With a background in technology, Alysha remains interested in web technologies, programming and design. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats, reading, photography, knitting, spinning and indulging in various forms of geekery. 

 

Anthea Darmon

Social Media Coordinator

Anthea completed her Bachelor of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University in 2017 and is currently working at the NSW Parliamentary Library as a Reference Librarian. Prior to this, she had experience in school, academic and media libraries, and even enjoyed astint as a Recruitment Consultant for the information industry.

As well as her BIS, she also holds a Diploma of Information Studies from TAFE Sydney Institute. Anthea is a self confessed politics junkie with a huge interest in social media, news media and the way this impacts on modern information dissemination. She has a passion for information systems and a keen interest in emerging library technologies. In her spare time she loves op-shopping and collecting vinyl records. 

 

Nicole Brett

Social Media Coordinator

Nicole has had a diverse career before joining the information management profession.  She has worked in telecommunications, IT, ELearning development, 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 in her second year of the Masters of Information Studies at Charlies Sturt University (Librarianship and Archive specialisations).  She also holds a Masters of Arts (UTS) in ELearning and a Bachelor of Arts (Newcastle University) in Sociology and History. Nicole is a volunteer at the State Library of Queensland, Freemasons Archive QLD and the Queensland Museum as well as looking for paid work in the sector.

Nicole has a passion for social history and is a member of the Cinema and Theatre Historical society (CATHS). She is a member of their research group and writes articles for the society’s magazine Cinema Record.  

Nicole Like many of the other social media coordinators has an interest in how technology and social media can be integrated into library practice and design, enhance community engagement, metadata, digital humanities, archives, and digitalisation.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing with the Brisbane Pride Choir, spending time with her wife and cat Hetty, hanging out with friends, reading, eating out, cooking, collecting Sydney Luna park memorabilia, politics, going to the theatre, wedding planning and blogging. 

 

Kylie Burgess

Social Media Coordinator

Kylie came to librarianship in a very round about sort of way after having worked in retail, security, corrective services and sessional academia.  She is a Bachelor of Justice graduate and is currently studying a Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) at QUT.  Kylie has a keen interest in gamification, gaming in libraries and promoting social justice through libraries.  In her spare time, Kylie can be found crouched over a keyboard basking in the blue glow of her monitors playing video games and completing MOOCs.

 

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 Assistant in 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.

 

Kaitlyn Houston

Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlyn is currently completing a Master of Information Studies through Charles Sturt University, while working at the University of Western Australia as an Academic Services Assistant. Prior to deciding to study librarianship, she worked in administration and medical records in hospitals where she found her love of helping people and managing information. She also spent time volunteering at the State Library of Western Australia in children's activity time and English conversation groups. If she's not working or studying, Kaitlyn can probably be found enjoying a beer with friends; going for a bushwalk; playing with her cheeky kittens, Calvin and Hobbes; designing libraries on the Sims; or at her local WAFL club.

 

Kirsten Berry

Social Media Coordinator

Kirsten Berry has recently graduated from Box Hill Institute completing a Bachelor of Library and Information Management. She has also previously completed a Diploma of Library and Information Services through Swinburne University. Kirsten has a keen interest in producing library programs, particularly in the youth area. She is a dedicated lifelng learner, actively pursuing new library interests outside her field of work. Kirsten has wanted to be a librarian since primary school and enjoys her collection of Jacqueline Wilson books. She loves vintage and greaser fashion and will often go opportunity shopping to find her new look.

 

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