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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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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About your committee

Click on the individual names for more information.

   
  Annette Messell & Maddy Medlycott
National Co-Convenors
 

David Trimble

Regional Coordinator, ACT

Veronica Falconer
Regional Coordinator, NSW,
National Resume Review Service Coordinator,
Social Media Coordinator
Kylie Smithson
Social Media Coordinator
 

Liz Parnell

Regional Coordinator, NSW & Social Media Coordinator

 

Kylie Burgess
National Secretary and Regional Coordinator, QLD

Laura Wheatley

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Havva Teede
Regional Coordinator, WA

Melanie Phillips

Regional Coordinator, SA

Irene Guidotti
Social Media Coordinator
Alysha Esdaile
Social Media Coordinator
Stephanie Morton
Social Media Coordinator,
National Resume Review Service Coordinator
  
Kristin Stephenson
Regional Coordinator, WA

Sonja Prokop
Regional Coordinator, WA

Rebecca Lee
Social Media Coordinator, WA


Kaitlyn Houston

Social Media Coordinator

Melissah Lester

Social Media Coordinator

Josh Carter

Social Media Coordinator, Regional Coordinator VIC

Adriene Rodriguez

Regional Coordinator, VIC

Rachel Homberg

Social Media Coordinator

Nikki Andersen

Social Media Coordinator

Lucy Hawthorne

Regional Coordinator, TAS

Ronna Wang

Regional Coordinator, SA

Ashleigh Paul

Social Media Coordinator

Rory Caddis

Regional Coordinator, NSW

Ashleigh Ward

Regional Coordinator, SA

Maddie Wilson

Regional Coordinator, NSW and Social Media Coordinator


 


Annette Messell

National Co-Convenor

Annette is currently working as a Learning and Teaching Services Librarian for the Law School and Business School at the University of New England, Armidale.  She has a Masters of Information Technology (Library and Information Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. As a Co-convenor for ALIA Students and New Graduates Group, Annette hopes to encourage early career librarians to make formal and informal connections with their peers in the library community. Her interests include the continuing professional development of new law librarians and the development of engaging information literacy programs in academic libraries. In her spare time, Annette enjoys a sometimes uneven balance of eating good food and lifting heavy things at the gym.

 

Maddy Medlycott

National Co-Convenor

Maddy graduated from the Masters in IT (LIS) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2016. She currently works at Crown Law Library as a Research & Reference Librarian. 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. As Co-Convenor for the ALIA Students and New Grads she hopes to provide support and encouragement to early career GLAMR professionals in order to engage with and learn from one another to achieve life goals. Her interests include exploring the relationship between personal development and games, and developing legal research skills in new career librarians. In her spare time Maddy likes to play with dragons and magic, mostly in the form of games and novels but also in real life. She is still patiently waiting for her letter to Hogwarts to arrive.

 

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 Coordinator, National Resume Review Service Coordinator

Stephanie currently works as a Library Officer, Metadata and Repository Services at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD. She loves the diversity of her position at JCU Library, which includes cataloguing, collection management, research repository work, Special Collections digitisation and metadata work, and assisting clients on the help desk. In addition to volunteering with SNGG, she is also a committee member for the ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Marine Biology) from James Cook University and completed a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University in 2018. 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 skills and experiences for the benefit of the GLAMR community. Outside of work, Stephanie is a voracious reader, occasional crafter and gamer, hopeful coder-to-be, 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 Falconer

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.

 

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. 


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.

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 2019, she was blessed to start a dream job in a high school library as an assistant, after a year of volunteering at her nieces’ primary school library. 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 been on the ALIA SA Group committee since mid 2018, 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. 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!

Ronna Wang 

Regional Coordinator, SA

Ronna is currently studying Graduate Diploma of Information Management at the University of South Australia, and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce in 2012. Ronna has worked in administration and customer service roles in the training and education sectors for 5 years. Over time, Ronna has developed strong interest in information and data management, desiring to work in academic or research institutes. While working part-time, Ronna also volunteers at an innovation museum (MOD.). Outside study and work life, Ronna enjoys playing pool, collecting LEGOs and is obsessed with tabletop games.


 

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. 


 

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.
 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Rebecca Lee

Social Media Coordinator

Rebecca began her librarianship journey in 2018, commencing a Master of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, and volunteering in her daughter’s school library. She plans to specialise in children and youth services, and is deeply passionate about fostering a love of literature in children. Reading aloud to little ones is one of her all-time favourite things, and she is inspired by Kate Winslet’s brilliant readings of Matildaand The Magic Faraway Treeseries to continuously improve her own vocal performance. 

Now located in Bendigo, Victoria, Rebecca spent her twenties living and working in places like Japan, Wales and East Timor, and has spent several years at home raising three Harry Potter fanatics. She is keen to encourage fellow LIS students to get involved with the SNGG and take advantage of all of the fantastic opportunities it affords.

 

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. 

 

Kylie Burgess

National secretary and Regional Coordinator, QLD

Kylie is an early career librarian who came to librarianship in a very round about sort of way after having worked in retail, security, corrective services and sessional academia.  Kylie’s professional interests include research support, gamification, gaming in library spaces and supporting Higher Degree Research students.  She also has a keen interest in supporting Creative Commons and Open Access.  In her spare time, Kylie can be found crouched over her keyboard basking in the blue glow of her monitors playing video games or running Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for her friends in worlds she creates herself.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Kylie Smithson

Social Media Coordinator

Kylie recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Librarianship and Corporate Information Management through Curtin University. She is currently employed as a health librarian at Central Coast Local Health District, NSW. Kylie is passionate about lifelong learning, research skills and digital information literacy. As part of the ALIA students and new graduates group she wants to connect with people in the profession and help students and new graduates. In her spare time Kylie likes getting out on her mountain bike (mostly staying upright), exploring new trails and reading (historical fiction, sci-fi, biographies).

 

Nikki Andersen

Social Media Coordinator

Nikki Andersen holds a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology and Librarianship from Curtin University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in writing) and a Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in digital learning environments. She currently works as a Senior Library Officer at the University of Southern Queensland. Nikki is passionate about diversity and inclusion in libraries, writing, lifelong learning, and open education. She joined the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group to connect with like-minded people and to make a meaningful contribution to the library and information science profession.

 

Ashleigh Paul

Social Media Coordinator

Ashleigh recently graduated with a Diploma of Library and Information Services, and is looking into further study. Ashleigh initially began her studies in education, but in between life changes and health issues, she realised this wasn’t for her. She has since realised her passions lay in the GLAMR industry, rather than teaching. With a passion for literature, lifelong learning, history, and archives, librarianship became Ashleigh’s goal. Ashleigh currently works in digital print, and previously worked in administration when living in Melbourne. Ashleigh volunteers her time at Hamra Centre Library, Adelaide, and hopes that through her time in the ALIA Students and New Grads group, she can connect with like-minded peers, and contribute to the GLAMR industry.

Outside of work and study, Ashleigh can be found curled up with a good sci-fi/fantasy book, playing board games, video gaming, crafting, writing, travelling, or relaxing with her partner and cat.

 

Rory Caddis

NSW Regional Coordinator

Rory is in his final year of a Masters of Digital Information Management at UTS, and has previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (English) and a Bachelor of Art History and Curatorships at ANU. He is currently working at the White Rabbit Gallery and The Buddhist library, both in Sydney. Rory is passionate about providing access to information that can enrich the lives of people, be that in educational programs, online resources, physical spaces to study and reflect, or just a really good book. 

Rory joined ALIA Students and New Graduates Group to assist and support other new members entering into the Library world. 

Outside everything knowledge and information Rory enjoys music, art, fashion, and all things of beauty. 

 

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.

 

 

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