Monday, 25 September 2017

Special Collections and Rare Book Forum

Interested in special collections?  Reserve your place at this event.

This forum aims to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with special collections including rare books, manuscripts, pictorial collections,  and maps .
The forum will include an overview of formal and informal learning opportunities.
It will also highlight the passion and real life experience of some of our most experienced special collections librarians.
This is your opportunity to explore an aspect of librarianship which  specializes in the unique, rare, and historically significant holdings of a library: to collect, describe, preserve, interpret, exhibit and promote these collections.   
COST: $40 for ALIA members and SLNSW Friends members
           $50 for non-members

ALIA Partner Event
Monday 09 October 2017 9:00am to 4:30pm
Contact details
Maggie Patton

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sydney CSU Meet Up 30th August 2017

The Charles Sturt University study tours are in town again, providing an opportunity for CSU students, staff and alumni to meet and catch up face to face.  This August, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group NSW and ALIA Sydney are co-hosting a social event for CSU students, and everyone's invited!

When: Wednesday 30th August 2017 from 5pm
Where: The Emporium, 51 Phillip Street, Parramatta
What: Join CSU students, staff and alumni for a coffee, drink or light meal.
RSVP & enquiries: Angela Bagaric

Friday, 28 July 2017

ALIA Sydney Event - Focus On Indigenous Services

 Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day on 6th September, then follow up with this event aimed at helping you to find out what resources are available for your metropolitan indigenous community, how these resources are being used and developed,  and how to improve your welcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders all year round.

  Join us at this event on September 7th, at 6pm, in the Theatrette, Waverley Library. ALIA Sydney is delighted to present an evening with two wonderful speakers on Indigenous services, and at the same time collect money for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

 Kirsten Thorpe from the Indigenous Services Unit at the State Library of New South Wales will showcase some of the work that unit does, in particular highlighting the digital resources that are available for you to use or download and improve your welcome for the indigenous community. For more information visit their website

 Svetlana Paul is the Teacher Librarian for Gawura School, a K-6 school in its own right, co-located with St Andrews Cathedral School in the heart of Sydney, serving indigenous students from the inner city areas of Sydney. Gawura school is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For more information about the school, visit the website

Our thanks go to Waverley Library for generously hosting this event. The Library is located at 32-48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction, just a short walk from Bondi Junction railway station. Parking is available under the library, entrance via Ebley Street, and is free for two hours with validation from the machine inside the library.

 Please RSVP to so that we can judge numbers. We ask for a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation from all attendees.

We look forward to meeting you there.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Update: Venue change for ALIA Sydney drinks with Chris Bourg 4th July

Please join ALIA Sydney for drinks and a catch up, meet fellow library professionals and make new friends. 

Chris Bourg is in town, so come along and say hi on the 4th of July. Rhyming not intentional but hey! 

Everyone is welcome.

New venue: Corridor Bar, 153A King Street Newtown
When: Tuesday 4th July from 5pm
Contact: ALIA Sydney on Twitter @ALIASyd or facebook

Friday, 16 June 2017

International Librarians Network Sydney Event Thursday, 6th July 2017

Make time to come to the State Library of NSW on Thursday 6th of July to hear from the founders of the International Librarians Network about how they built this successful and well-loved program. Fresh from their keynote address at NLS8, this event begins at 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start.

RSVP to Diana Richards, ALIA NSW State Manager

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Leadership & Innovation Forum 8 June 2017

This is one of a series of special events that will be taking place around Australia, intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector.
Our expert panels will discuss:Innovation through Collaboration and Partnerships.
"Now that's Clever! "

Date: Thursday 8 June, 2017
Venue: State Library of New South Wales  Metcalfe Auditorium
Time: 5:30pm reception  6:00pm  – 7:30pm forum
Cost: ALIA members free; Non-members $30

MC: Vicki McDonald ALIA President

Jenna Bain Digital Projects Leader State Library of New South Wales

Megan O’Brien Assistant Manager Site Services University of Sydney
Elly Howse Senior Project Officer, Healthy Sydney University at University of Sydney
Liz Stokes Data Librarian University of Technology Sydney
Duncan Loxton Data Curator University of Technology Sydney
Kate Curr Manager Digital Strategy and Innovation State Library of New South Wales
Elisa Lee SLNSW DX LAB Fellowship recipient

State Library of New South Wales Metcalfe Auditorium
Macquarie Street
ALIA Event
Thursday 08 June 2017 5:30am to 7:30am
Contact details

More information / Register

Friday, 20 January 2017

Info Online 2017: Meet The Locals!

Join ALIA Sydney and the NSW ALIA Students and New Graduates Group for pre-conference drinks and conversation. Come meet our local library professionals and make new friends.  Non-conference attendees and students welcome!

Where: Verge Bar, ArtHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street, Sydney
When: Monday 13th February from 6:30pm

Contact: ALIA Sydney on Twitter @ALIASyd or

Friday, 13 January 2017

Join Us! We're Looking for Committee Members in 2017

ALIA Sydney presents a selection of formal and informal professional development events to encourage discussion and critical engagement and create networking opportunities across the library and information sector in Sydney and beyond. The ALIA Sydney committee is a group of vibrant and committed volunteers who make it all happen. 

ALIA Sydney is currently looking for new committee members to join our team as Event Officers. On this Committee you will have the chance to develop skills in event and project management, and make vital professional connections -- plus you can have a lot of fun along the way! We welcome EOIs from all corners of the industry, including students.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be received by COB Friday 27 January 2017. EOIs should briefly introduce yourself and cover the criteria for the role description. All EOIs and any questions should be directed to the current ALIA Sydney Co-Ordinator, Lauren Castan at

Role Description

 Event Officers x 2

This role helps make events happen. On a rotating basis, the Event Officers will be teamed up with a Coordinator to help with event organisation and management.

Events Officers are expected to:

·  Assist with the organisation of at least 2-3 events each year in conjunction with a Coordinator.
. Attend regular meetings with the Committee

Average Time Demand per month: 4 hours (prep plus actual events)

The interested person should:

·         Be, or be willing to become, a current member of ALIA.
·         Have an active interest in professional development with the Library & Information    Sector.
·         Maintain an active awareness of new issues and development within the sector. 
·         Have strong communication and collaboration skills. 

Info Online 2017: Registrations Closing Soon!

Registrations for ALIA Information Online 2017 at the Hilton Sydney close 30 January

Registrations are still open and with a jam packed program and  full exhibition, why not sign up to come and see your favourite industry partners and inspiring speakers.

Register TODAY!
Can’t make it to the full conference? You can still experience the conference by purchasing a day pass or by signing up for one of our workshops.

Program highlights

Haven’t registered for ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference yet? Here are more reasons you need to be there:
  •  Digital play pen – Don’t miss the opportunity to experience emerging technologies in these “hands on” daily sessions. Join The Brainary, Academy Xi and Makeway Lab to see, try and play with the latest technologies including NAO robot, virtual reality and 3D printing.
  • Another amazing keynote speaker – Professor Julian Thomas has been announced as the last in a packed schedule of innovation and engaging keynote speakers. Professor Thomas will be speaking about the digital divide that exists in Australia, The Australian Digital Index 2016 and how the library and information can sector respond to this research? View the full keynote line-up here.
  • Play along with us as we bring augmented and virtual reality to ALIA Information Online 2017. If that isn’t enough you can also win some amazing prizes!
  • Daily industry partner sessions – these are your chance to see the latest technologies, cutting edge trends and hot topics from our partners. Hear about what they do and what they can do for you.
  • Pre-conference workshops – with six workshops there is something for everyone. How about 'Wikimedia commons', 'Evaluating tools for data curation' or 'Digital tools and methods for digital humanities'? Places are limited and are selling fast.

Don't take our word for it..

You can’t afford to miss ALIA Information Online 2017. Don’t take our word for it, here are the reasons our program committee think you should be there

“Information online is an outstanding opportunity to talk to colleagues, be inspired, grill vendors and generally have a fabulous time. This year’s Information Online really puts customer experience to the fore – it really is a UX festival!” - Roxanne Missingham

“The program provides a good mixture of overseas and local papers, covering all library sectors and beyond. The keynotes will provide a well rounded outlook on the state of information and libraries around the world.” - Alison Neil