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ALIA Library Technician Research award

Posted by bronwynr on May 22, 2009

ALIA Library Technician Research award

proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Nominate now for the Library Technician Research Award (previously known as the Dunn and Wilson). The Library Technician Research Award provides the recipient/s with an opportunity to undertake a particular project of relevance to the role of library technicians in the broad library and information profession. The award proposal can be made by an individual financial library technician member or a group of financial library technician members.

The deadline for this award is 1 June 2009.


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The Power of Visual Storytelling

Posted by bronwynr on May 11, 2009

The “1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling” panel—featuring a star-studded panel of international artists—began a little late. But all was forgiven once the moderator, novelist/performer Jonathan Ames, got everyone’s attention with his amazing, animalistic “hairy call.” He explained it was an audio warning he and his friends had used to alert each other to oncoming peril when being attacked “by more normal children.” Like a literary starting gun, it kicked off the panel discussion.

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Reference BackTalk: Baby, I Can Fix Your Car

Posted by bronwynr on May 7, 2009

Most librarians immediately push patrons needing vehicle repair manuals toward their Chilton and Haynes collections, but reference librarian—and wannabe mechanic—Barb Kundanis says connect them instead to AllData, an online tool sporting car/truck repair data for this year’s model and old klunkers dating back to 1982. » » »

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Free Conference registration opportunity from ARK and ALIA

Posted by bronwynr on May 3, 2009

Indigenous Knowledge Management Voices from the past: knowledge for the future

This two-day masterclass will provide an interactive environment in which to explore critical areas associated with the effective use of knowledge management techniques within the Australian indigenous culture. Effectively engaging indigenous communities, finding functional methods to capture, transfer and preserve oral and traditional knowledge, and exploring narrative techniques are the key focuses of this event.

Apply now FREE conference registration valued at over $2000. Click here for information and terms and conditions (please read before applying). Application forms available.

Closes 1st June 2009

Date: 22-23 June 2009

Location: Sydney, Australia

Presented by ARK

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Hard Questions Follow OCLCs Morphing WorldCat into ILS

Posted by bronwynr on April 29, 2009

The ripples of controversy still spread from OCLC’s announcement that it is extending WorldCat Local’s cataloging and discovery powers to essentially perform the same functions as an ILS. Reaction was mixed among for-profit vendors and library insiders. » » »

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YALA to offer online courses

Posted by bronwynr on April 28, 2009

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), opened registration for two online courses for Summer 2009: “Pain in the Brain:  Adolescent Development and Library Behavior” (Beth Gallaway) and “Beyond Booklists:  Serving Today’s Diverse Teens” (Jennifer Velasquez).

Both of YALSA’s Summer 2009 courses meet for four weeks. Courses begin June 1. To read course descriptions, please visit

Registration for YALSA’s online courses is available at  Four-week courses cost $US 135 for YALSA members, $US 175 for ALA members and $US 195 for nonmembers.  Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail,, or by phone, at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.

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Moving into Supervision. Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals

Posted by bronwynr on April 24, 2009

ALIA and ScHARR (University of Sheffield, UK) bring you a fabulous new online course

Moving into Supervision

Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals

Invest in your career and develop or upgrade your supervisory skills. In this course new information professionals & library technicians will gain an understanding and appreciation for key principles and methods of effective supervision of staff in any type of library or information service.

At the end of this course, participants will:

· Understand the characteristics of effective supervision as it specifically relates to library and information services.

· Identify and utilise specific techniques when supervising the performance and personal development of staff within their own library or information context.

· Describe the main processes required for interviewing, setting performance goals, and evaluating staff performance.

· Develop personal strategies to enable them to plan effectively, manage time, direct, train and motivate staff.

· Engage with fellow participants in discussing issues connected with the supervision of library and information service staff.


Monday 1st June – Friday 17th July 2009


$220 for ALIA members

$300 for non-members


Registration form is available at

More information

Course objectives


For more details contact Judy Brooker on 1800 020 071 or email ALIA Professional Development and Careers Manager or visit

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Career Development Workshop – library and information

Posted by bronwynr on April 17, 2009

Career Development Workshop

Monday May 11

8:45am – 4:45pm

National Library Conference Room (4th floor)

$110 (ALIA members) or $150 (non-members)

Are you currently evaluating where you are with your career in the library and information sector? Are you looking to find some strategies to change or develop your career?  Dr. Gilliam Hallam  ( from the School of Information Systems at QUT is coming to Canberra and will be providing an overview of the state of the library and information management sector, as well as sharing some insights into the career development experiences of previous and current library and information workers. Another focal point for the day’s activities will be on personal review/analysis at the individual level in regards to progressing one’s career development. The workshop has value for all work levels, from library students to people in management positions.

To see the complete program and to register, please go to the ALIA URLS website at  Registrations close on Friday 1 May so don’t delay!

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The Library and Information Science Education 2.0 blog is now live!

Posted by bronwynr on April 5, 2009

Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, and lead by Associate Professor Helen Partridge of the Queensland University of Technology, this project is investigating the specific skills and knowledge required of us, as LIS professionals, as we move into the web 2.0 age.  The project is also exploring the way in which Australia’s LIS education is best able to equip future LIS professionals with these changing skills and knowledge.
This project needs you! All LIS professionals from across Australia are invited to become involved in the project.
Whether you are involved in public, special, academic, or one-person libraries, or in a completely different type of organisation, whether you are current or future professionals or educators, or simply someone with a legitimate interest in the area – we would like to welcome you to visit our blog.
There you will be able to find out more about the project, access interesting resources, and most of all join in the discussion of this important issue!
This is your chance, as members of the Australian LIS community, to contribute your own ideas and opinions on an issue that is sure to affect every one of us, as we continue to incorporate collaborative online technologies into our libraries and workplaces. We have even set up a special page to inspire you and get the discussion started.
So please take the time to use the blog to share your own views with others as to the skills and knowledge we will require as we evolve into so-called ‘web 2.0 professionals’.
Remember also to check back regularly as the blog will be continually added to.
You will find the blog at – we hope to see you there soon!
Want to know more? Please contact Helen Partridge at

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International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Awards Program

Posted by bronwynr on March 17, 2009

Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2009.

Visit for more information.

The IASL/Softlink Excellence Award recognises significant contributions to
school librarianship by school library specialists, educators, and/or

Outstanding and innovative school library projects, plans, publications or
programs that could serve as models for replication by individuals and
associations are recognized by the LinksPlus Library Commendation Award.

The IASL School Library Technology Innovation Award recognises school
library programs or projects that effectively utilise current and emerging
technologies for school libraries and information service delivery.

The recipient of the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award is provided with US$
500 towards an international research project.

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