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 and Ellen O'Hehir
Co-Convenors


James Nicholson

National Secretary


Blair Gatehouse
National Resume Review Service Coordinator


Annette Messell
Regional coordinator, QLD


Shirin Vloeberghs

Regional coordinator, QLD


Maddy Medlycott

Regional Coordinator, QLD & social media coordinator


Jade Koekoe

Regional Coordinator, ACT 
& social media coordinator


Chris Sonneveld
Regional Coordinator, ACT

Tamara Capper
Regional Coordinator, WA

Lydia Dawe
Regional Coordinator, WA

Reeti Brar
Regional Coordinator, WA

Chloe Czerwiec
Regional Coordinator, WA


Si
ân Sewell

Regional Coordinator, VIC


Tanya Graham
Regional Coordinator, VIC

Jessica Michael
Regional Coordinator, VIC

Alex Williams
Regional Coordinator, NT

 


Glenn Mulcaster

Regional Coordinator, TAS


Anna Kovac

Regional Coordinator, SA


Michelle Stuart

Regional Coordinator, NSW


Michelle Feely

Regional Coordinator, NSW


Angela Bagaric
Region Coordinator, NSW & social media coordinator


Christine Vandor
Social Media Coordinator


Kylie Burgess
Social Media Coordinator


Breanne Sartori
Social Media Coordinator


Irene Guidotti
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.

Ellen O'Hehir

Co-convenor

Ellen O’Hehir recently completed her Master of Information Management at RMIT University. She is currently working at Monash University Library in the Research and Learning team as a librarian. Her interests lie in information and research skills within the academic library context, freedom of access to information, freedom of expression and future models for academic and public libraries. As Co-convenor she is focused on encouraging all information management students and new graduates to be proactively increasing their professional skill sets and networks, with an emphasis on creating strong collaborative ties between the ALIA Student and New Graduate Regional Coordinators and their region's students and new graduates.


James Nicholson

National Secretary

James was born in Leicester, England and came to Australia in 2008.  Proud to now be an Australian citizen he is currently studying a Masters of Information Management at RMIT. James has recently gained a library assistant role with Brisbane City Council which builds on his love for all aspects of the information industry.  His previous roles in England included working at the National Space Centre as an education coordinator which kick started his passion for the GLAM sector although it took a few years to fully realise a dream and move into the sector.

Outside of study and work James' passions are music through dj'ing, outdoor adventures through a love of mountain biking and also helping his wife, Joy, run her wedding venue business on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.


Blair Gatehouse

National Resume Review Service Coordinator

Blair Gatehouse has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Management at RMIT University. He currently works as Librarian, Music & Multimedia, at the Matheson Library, Monash University. Prior to joining Monash, Blair worked at the State Library of Victoria as a Digital Resources Graduate. In 2012 he was awarded the VALA Student Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in postgraduate information technology–related courses. His interests include rare and special collections, especially those encompassing music and art. He is looking forward to connecting with other recent graduates and helping to support their job seeking efforts.

When he's not at work, Blair spends his time watching basketball and wrangling an energetic toddler.


 

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. 


Tamara Capper

Regional coordinator, W.A.

Tamara is an Information Science graduate with over nine years’ experience working in an Academic Library environment. In her current role as a Librarian in the School of Management and Governance, Public Policy and Tourism areas at Murdoch University she is able to meet a range of fantastic staff and students from around the world.
 
She also has work experience in a Librarian role in Public Libraries, Academic Libraries and Special Libraries. Why does she work in libraries? Tamara is passionate about helping others achieve lifelong learning and building strong relationships within and outside of the library. During her spare time she likes to volunteer with community organisations, eating all different types of food and traveling with family and friends.

Lydia Dawe

Regional coordinator, W.A.

Lydia is Australian-born, New Zealand-raised and lived in the United States and Canada for 15  years before moving to Perth in 2013. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, without ever having worked in libraries before. Fortunately, she grew to love the varied and challenging environment that libraries provide, and her knowledge toolkit is at times so heavy that she walks with a limp. She started out working in public libraries in the United States, but transitioned to academic libraries. She now works at the Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. The song “Eye of the Tiger” is constantly stuck in her head, particularly when she’s fixing IT problems.


 

Regional coordinator, WA

Reeti was born in India and spent her formative years amidst the beautiful mountains of Kashmir. In 2000, to further her education, Reeti moved to Chandigarh, also known as “the City Beautiful”, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. There she completed a Diploma of Architecture at Punjab University, and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at Chandigarh College of Art. In 2007 her scenery changed from verdant greens to blue skies and red sunsets when she moved to Western Australia. In 2010 she undertook the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies at Curtin University. She subsequently worked in a public and a medical library, and at Murdoch University as a Subject Librarian, sharing her time between the university library & the tripartite library located in Rockingham.  Currently she works at Challenger Institute of Technology as a Learning Resource officer (Technology). In this position she undertakes Librarian duties associated with operating and maintaining library and information services and is also responsible for assisting with the implementation of Challenger’s Digital Learning Framework by providing end-user administrative and maintenance support to staff and students in the use of elearning management systems and technologies. Reeti finds her motivation in the many colours, cultures, and facets of humankind. Equipped with her education, travels and somewhat transient life between India and Australia she has found pleasure in the diversity of people, intrigued by the many differences, yet surprising similarities.


Siân Sewell

Regional coordinator, VIC

Siân Sewell has recently completed a Master of Information Management at Curtin University as an external student through Open Universities Australia. While studying she worked full time in the aged care customer service industry and was successful in attaining library internships at both the Parliamentary Library of Australia and the State Library of Victoria. Her interest in this industry come from her passion to help young people and the community. As a result, she hopes to pursue her career in either university or public libraries. Her personal interests revolve around good music, quality films, geocaching and camping.

 

Alex Williams

Regional Coordinator, NT

Alex has been living in the Northern Territory since 2006 and currently works as a Campus Librarian at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs.  She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Master of Library and Information Management in 2016.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Alex worked in adult education as an ESL/Literacy Lecturer in remote locations in China and central Australia.

She is looking forward to connecting with, and helping build a supportive network for, LIS students and new graduates living in remote areas.


 

Regional Coordinator, WA

In 2013, Chloe left her secure, full-time job to take on a 3 month contract at the University of Western Australia Library. That 3 month contract led to other contracts that then led to a full-time Librarian position, so the moral of the story is - take risks! Chloe has a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Curtin University, and she's the new kid on the ALIA block. Chloe loves to catch up on the latest trashy TV shows (The Bachelor is her current fav) and you'll often find her hanging out at the new cafes and restaurants that are popping up all over Perth.


Jessica Michael

Regional Coordinator, VIC

Jessica is currently studying her Masters of Information Management at RMIT University. Prior to this she completed her Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies), and a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. She has years of experience as a Library Officer in both public and academic libraries. She is currently working in the Children's and Youth Services team at Wyndham City Libraries. She is a passionate advocate for public libraries, with a strong interest in early years literacy and community development. She hopes to use her position as a Regional Coordinator to advise and encourage the next generation of information professionals.


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


Jade Koekoe

Regional Coordinator, ACT

Jade is in her last year studying a Bachelor of Arts, Librarianship and Corporate Information Management from Curtin University. Since December 2015 she had been working in the Australian Parliamentary Library in various roles. Like Michele Feely (NSW Regional Coordinator), Jade also studies online as a mature age student. Through this experience she has realised how important it is for students and newgrads to be connected and feel connected to their peers and professional associations. So as regional coordinator for the ACT Jade plans to take advantage of the active GLAMR sector in Canberra and connect library students to their GLAMR counterparts.

Jade's personal and professional interests are in data visualisation, digital humanties, ancient languages, archaeology, professional writing and cosplay.


Shirin Vloeberghs

Regional Coordinator, QLD

Shirin is studying the Masters in IT (LIS) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and expects to graduate in 2016.  While studying she has been working as a librarian at QUT, at the Supreme Court library and the Crown Law library. With a background as a lawyer, both volunteering and working in community organisations, Shirin has a passion for social justice issues and education, in that it can enhance dialogue, engagement, and equality in society. By joining ALIA Students and New Grads she hopes to help contribute to opportunities for those entering the profession to meet, engage with and learn from one other, both to achieve their career goals and to collectively contribute to the profession in their region. In her spare time Shirin likes to walk her dog, eat out with friends and travel as much as possible.


Anna Kovac

Regional Coordinator, SA

Anna is currently completing her final semester of a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management at the University of South Australia. She is a qualified historian who currently works as a research assistant at Flinders University. Anna is passionate about history, feminism and pop-culture. As the South Australian Regional Coordinator, she hopes to offer support and encouragement to students and new graduates. When she isn’t studying and working, Anna is teaching swing dancing, studying Polish and listening to podcasts.


Tanya Graham

Regional Coordinator, VIC

Tanya is currently studying for her Masters of Information Studies through Charles Sturt University and has a Bachelor degree in Arts from La Trobe University. She currently works as a library technician at the Melbourne Library Service. She is passionate about the role public libraries play in the lives of young people, particularly Early Years Literacy, and is not averse to breaking into the Hokey Pokey as an ice breaker.
Tanya became a regional coordinator to promote both professional and social engagement opportunities for students and new graduates.


Michelle Stuart

Regional Coordinator, NSW

Michelle is currently studying a Master of Information Studies (Children's Librarianship) at CSU and working as the Young People’s Services Coordinator at Goulburn Mulwaree Library. Prior to working in the library Michelle was a high school art teacher and she has worked as an Education Officer in a regional art gallery.  Michelle enjoys inspiring children to be creative and imaginative, she has a strong interest in early literacy, visual literacy and community engagement. She joined ALIA Students and New Grads to meet other like-minded professionals and offer encouragement for those entering the world of libraries.  

In her spare time Michelle likes to draw and paint and would one day like to illustrate a children’s book.


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.


Michelle Feely

Regional Coordinator, NSW

Michelle graduated from a Bachelor of Arts, Librarianship and Corporate Information Management from Curtin University in 2015 and has been working as the Mobile Librarian for Goulburn Mulwaree Library since January 2016.  She has a background in accounting and training. Studying online and as a mature age student Michelle realised that many others may also feel isolated by the inability to attend ALIA and other library events.  So in her role as regional co-ordinator she will actively work towards creating environments where regional students and new graduates are able to either physically or virtually connect with others.  Michelle is keen to hear any ideas that may assist in achieving this.


Angela Bagaric

Regional Coordinator, NSW

Angela has gained valuable experience in both public and academic libraries. Angela is currently studying the Diploma Library and Information Services through TAFE Illawarra and is looking to start studying Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) at Curtin University through (OUA) in 2017. She has a strong interest in music, literacy, social justice and the effect libraries can have on the community, especially for children and teens. Angela became a Regional Coordinator to offer support to the next generation of library and information professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching tv the Big Bang Theory and Friends are her favourite shows.


Chris Sonneveld

Regional Coordinator, ACT

Chris is currently working as a Support Assistant at the Australian Parliamentary Library and studying a Masters of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) at QUT. His background is in hospitality and tourism, and he has worked in hotels in Australian and the UK. During his studies in medical science, Chris came to enjoy research and assisting others in finding information to assist their learning, this passion bloomed when he realised he could pursue it as a career. Chris’ interests include triathlon, science, nutrition and film.


Christine Vandor

Social Media Coordinator

Christine completed the Master of Information Studies (Community Informatics) at Charles Sturt University in 2015, and is currently working for Geelong Regional Libraries as a Children's and Youth Services Librarian. She has a keen interest in raising the profile of libraries with young people, community building and the role public libraries play in creating social capital. She loves social media and uses it to connect with people across the globe, promote libraries and build effective and vibrant learning networks.


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.


Breanne Sartori

Bre is currently studying her Masters of Information Management at RMIT and works as the  Operations Manager at Digitales, a library supplier of AV and digital content. A strong love of learning led her to take up studies in librarianship and she is passionate about the the role library’s play in the community. Her background in business administration, management and political science gives her a unique perspective on the need for libraries and librarians and the issues facing new graduates. She hopes working with the ALIA SNGG will bring her opportunities for library advocacy as well as helping students and new graduates find employment within the industry.


Irene Guidotti

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.

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