Thursday, 13 October 2016

Library Tour: Reserve Bank of Australia


****This tour is now BOOKED OUT. Thank you everyone who expressed an interest in attending!****

Join ALIA Sydney for a tour of the A.S. Holmes Library at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

This event will interest anyone who would like to know more about special libraries and information services for the financial sector. Places are strictly limited, so RSVP is essential.

Event details
Where:Meet in the foyer
Reserve Bank of Australia
65 Martin Place
When:Thursday 22nd November 2016, 6pm
RSVP:Send your RSVP with your ALIA member number to by Friday 18th November.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Collabor8 Unconference 8th October 2016

COLLABOR8 is coming soon!

8th October 9:30 – 4: 30 at
CQUniversity Sydney (Level 6)
400 Kent Street Sydney

The COLLABOR8 unconference this year takes place at the CQUniversity's Sydney campus, located conveniently in the heart of Sydney at 400 Kent Street, an easy walk from Town Hall Station.
In theory, an unconference is a conference organised, structured and led by the people attending it. All attendees and organisers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees. At an unconference, timings, topics and proceedings are expected to be fluid. It’s the sharing economy in action. Participants have been asked to bring morning and afternoon tea to share. It is meant to be a social, fun, flexible space. Hopefully it will provide us with an opportunity to learn from each other and to provide a space for thinking and networking.
Lunch at own expense.
This event is held in conjunction with ALIA Sydney, ALIA Lib Tech NSW, ALIA SNGG, ALLA NSW and IAML Australia NSW.

Event details

Where:CQUniversity Sydney
400 Kent Street, Sydney
When:Saturday 8th October, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Registrations Open:15 Sep 2016
Registrations Close:7 Oct 2016
Cost:$5 donation on the day

Cooperate, Co-Create, Co-Curate >> COLLABOR8

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Meet the Expert: Open Data

Meet the Expert: Open Data

Join us for a chat with Paula Bray, DX Lab Leader at the State Library of New South Wales.  What is open data, why is it important, and how are libraries using it?  This event will be of particular interest to anyone taking part in the ANDS 23 Research Data Things program this year.

Held at The Gallery Room (Mitchell Building), SLNSW, Macquarie St, Sydney
5:45pm for a 6pm start (until approx. 7pm), Tuesday 13th September
ALIA Members: Free, Non-members: $10.

This is a non-catered event, due to the heritage nature of the room.  Instead, we're heading to The Flynn on Bligh Street for a drink and dinner afterwards.  All invited!  Even if you're not attending the event, come along for a chat and a mingle.

Speak Up! Presenting at Conferences for the First Time

Speak Up! Presenting at Conferences for the First Time

ALIA’s New Librarians’ Symposiums are exciting forums for professionals at all stages of their career to flex their presenting skills. Hear from the NLS8 Team about how to submit a proposal for NLS8 in Canberra next year, and join us for a panel discussion with local librarians who have taken the plunge and presented at conferences in the past.  Ask them your questions, pick up some tips, and gather your courage!  This event will be particularly useful for anyone who wants to start speaking at conferences and other professional events, or anyone who would like to brush up on their presentation skills.

ALIA Sydney and NLS8 joint event
Held at CQU, 400 Kent St, Sydney (very close to Town Hall station)
6.15pm for a 6.30pm start (until approx 8pm), Tuesday 9th August.
Free event

The Panel

Facilitator/Moderator - Elizabeth Smith, National Institute of Dramatic Art

Alex Cato - Ashurst Australia, ALLA National Vice-President
Michael Carney - State Library of New South Wales
Mylee Joseph - State Library of New South Wales
Hiba Kanj - City of Parramatta Libraries
Sally Turbitt - Central Coast Local Health District, NLS8 Co-Convenor

What's NLS8?

In 2017, the ALIA New Librarians' Symposium is heading to Canberra! Follow the NLS8 Team on Twitter and Instagram, and join us at the National Library of Australia on June 23-25 2017.  Learn more, and read our Call for Proposals, at

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

ALIA Sydney Social Night

Come and join us for a drink or two (and a toasted sandwich!) at Grandmas Bar this July! In keeping with the vintage theme of the bar, weve decided to come dressed in our best retro cardigans. We know every librarian owns a cardigan or two - now is your chance to show them off. Hope to see you for a night of fun!

Venue: 275 Clarence St, Sydney. Its just behind Town Hall station!

Date & Time: 6pm on Thursday 14th July (Our table will be booked under ALIA)

Dress: Keep it retro with your favorite cardigan

Menu: Check out the delicious cocktail list and tasty toasted sandwiches at the Grandmas Bar 

For any other information, feel free to contact us at -

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Research Data and Librarians Information Session in NSW


Research Data and Librarians

Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Second Information Session in NSW               

23rd JUNE 2016  

Place: State Library of New South Wales, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Sydney

Time:  5:45 registration   6.00 – 7.00 information session    
Cost:  Free for ALIA Members   $20 for non-members

Register at:

Off and Racing: research data for you and your library

On the 4th, February 2016 over 45 NSW ALIA members and guest Librarians gathered at the amazing Arup meeting room in Kent Street to begin the journey towards incorporating research data into the librarian toolkit of services and expertise.  

This session will go broader and deeper into opportunities for Librarians around research data.   

The session is suitable for those who are completely new to the idea of research data in their Libraries as well as those who attended the February Sydney session.  

Research data is not just for academic or research libraries - it is for every library: State, University, Corporate, Government, Law, Medical, Public and School.  There will be time for questions and the sharing of ideas.

In this session we will scan some research data basics; look at some simple ideas (like the Data Management Lifecycle) as keys to implementing effective support services for clients; explore some answers and strategies for this question: “If data is the next big thing for Libraries, how can I get the skills and confidence I need to be as comfortable with data as I am with other research material” And we will check out the personal side of citizen science opportunities.

·         Research Data Australia:   
       Australia’s research data portal bringing together collections from over 
      90 Australian research institutions
·         Research data express 2016: 
      23 (research data) Things:

Friday, 22 April 2016

Job smart: Writing resumes and job applications

Need help with those tricky job applications? ALIA Sydney has got you covered! Join us for Job smart: Writing resumes and job applications at Waverley Library on Wednesday 25th May 2016 6pm-8pm.

Find out how to answer selection criteria for NSW and local government library jobs. Get tips on how to improve your resume so that you stand out from the crowd.

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP to 

ALIA Members: Free, Non members: $10.