Who are the people organising the next ALIA New Librarian’s Symposium? Unlike previous NLS committees, who have been based in their respective host cities, the NLS8 Team are a group of librarians and library students scattered across Australia. Some of us met at NLS7 in Sydney, while some of us have never even met face-to-face! But by our powers combined (and a whole lot of internet apps and Skype chatter) we’re working with ALIA to bring you an amazing event next year. Along the way, we’ll be sharing insights into our conference planning process.
Last week we began a blog series introducing you to the members of the organising committee. Today: meet the Social Committee captains, a.k.a the party planners!
Elizabeth Smith, NSW
Hello from Sydney! My name is Elizabeth, I’m a Sydneysider and a trained library technician (Sydney Institute TAFE) who recently graduated from CSU with a Master of Information Studies in Archives & Records. I’m currently working as the Assistant Librarian at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, which is an incredibly wonderful place! I’m so fortunate to be working in my dream job as a specialist performing arts librarian. Outside of work, I’m a big history and theatre nerd. Given half the chance, I will trap you in conversations about librarians and theatre artists in Australian history. Watch out.
I’m the Marketing Captain, and the Social Co-Captain for NLS8. Which means in 2017 you’ll find me at the symposium yelling “HASHTAG NLS8!” while I lead you to the bar. Until then, I’ll be liaising with ALIA about our marketing timeline, wrangling our website and social media accounts, and planning “research trips” to the bars of Canberra with Leia.
NLS7 in 2015 was my first library conference, and I didn’t know anyone when I walked into that room. Talk about first time jitters! At the beginning of the day I was standing in a corner by myself, nervously pretending to play with my phone. And then… by lunchtime I was standing with a group of friends I’d just met, signing up to plan the next symposium. It’s that kind of event. I wanted to be a part of it again.
I’m most excited about the connections we’ll make, and the ways in which we can facilitate connections between delegates. I know how stressful it can be going to one of these events for the first time. I also know how difficult it is, as a student and early career professional, to get a foothold in the industry. We want this event to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, and I’m really looking forward to supporting first timers and people who wouldn’t normally be interested in industry conferences. Join us on Twitter & Instagram, and register to attend in 2017 – we can’t wait to meet you!
If you’re a conference first-timer, take my word for it: you’ll come away from NLS more energised and more engaged with your profession than before. You’ll make a bunch of new friends. And maybe you’ll be the one who brings us NLS9.
Leia Supe, NSW
I have recently completed a Master of Information Studies in Librarianship at Charles Sturt University. I have also recently finished a contract as a Library Assistant at the NSW Law Courts Library. I am a Sydneysider, born and raised, and I am currently looking to move into law librarianship.
I am the Social sub-committee co-captain, and I am also on the Volunteer Management sub-committee as an advisor. I am monitoring and updating the Social Calendar for 2016/2017, liaising with venue managers in Canberra to organise the post-symposium social events, and attending Sydney social events to build networks and interest amongst library professionals and student groups.
I attended NLS7 last year, my first library conference, and met a whole score of librarians and students who were passionate and enthusiastic about the whole experience. I found NLS7 so rewarding, and so when I heard that a group formed at the conference to talk about plans for the next NLS, I signed up. I haven’t looked back since.
I am excited about meeting new people at NLS8, and hearing about the issues that are important to different industry professionals and students. I am excited to hear about new technologies, new projects, new opportunities and new ways of thinking. I am excited about being inspired, whether it be through keynote speakers, or a motivated student.
Have a question or a party tip for Elizabeth or Leia? Leave a comment here, or start chatting with them via Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!