Careers Forum report

SALIN Careers Forum 2014

SALIN Careers Event 2014

52 curious and eager librarians and librarians-to-be piled into the Ira Raymond Room in the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide on the 6th of November to get some useful advice on securing a job. The session was led by Marni Trevena, one of our SALIN Executive Committee members and a teacher librarian at Adelaide High. Three speakers, representing diverse sectors in the information management field were present to share their experiences and answer questions; Ann Morgan, Business Processes and Archival Collections Coordinator at the University of South Australia, Jo Cooper, Library Manager at the City of Prospect Library and Heather Carine, Principal at Carine Research. First, the speakers shared their employment experiences and the tips they have gleaned from reviewing job applications and sitting on interview panels. This was followed by a forum where many interesting questions were asked.

Ann Morgan, in her role of Business Processes and Archival Collections Coordinator is responsible for a small team managing the archival and special collections of the University and all the work that falls under the banner of business processes including statistics, social media, graduate librarian programs, research projects, exhibitions and event management.

Her key tips:

  • Be interested in the job you are applying for and the area it is in. Convey this interest in your application and during your interview.

  • It is okay to be nervous. Remember everyone on the panel has been in the same position as you.

  • Be prepared. Do your research on the job and the organisation. It is fine to bring a sheet or two of notes in with you – this demonstrates your interest and preparation.

  • If applying for a job in the academic sector make sure you have some understanding of the university sector and trends in higher education.

  • During the interview jot down the questions as you are asked them. This can help you to remember the question and remain on track.

  • Don’t ever lie. Back up all your statements about yourself with examples from your work.

Jo Cooper, in her role as Library Manager at the City of Prospect is responsible for managing a team, dealing with customers, managing budgets, recording statistics & liaising with council. Jo has mainly worked in public libraries with some time also spent in special libraries. She started out as a volunteer and a casual employee and slowly moved her way up.

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Her key tips:

  • Enthusiasm and interest in the role is key. Do not apply for things that you are not suitable for or interested in.

  • If you are applying for a public library role you need to like people and dealing with customers.

  • Be flexible with your time and with how you can apply your abilities to the workplace.

  • If you meet 70% of the criteria for a job and you are interested in the job you should apply. Take a risk, you never know how it might work out.

  • In the interview do not ask questions that are not relevant to the job. If you ask the wrong questions you can be ruled out. Some things should wait until you have got the job.

Heather Carine is an information management professional providing research services to businesses as Principal of Carine Research. Her background is as a librarian working in special libraries, mainly in the law and banking sectors. Now running her own business, she uses her key research skills to understand the needs of businesses and provide them with relevant research. The nature of this work means that she is always needing to sell herself and her skills to companies, similar to the way a job seeker needs to sell themselves to a potential employee.

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Her key tips:

  • Bring energy and focus to whatever you are doing.

  • Build networks and connections – you never know who could help you get a job.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written & verbal are essential. You need to be able to succinctly distill information.

  • Confidence is key. If you are not confident, act as if you are. If you are not confident in your public speaking skills consider taking a public speaking course or getting involved in a public speaking group.

  • Innovation always makes you stand out – think of examples of ways you have innovated in your work. People are always looking for good ideas.

Forum

What if you can’t be 100% flexible with your availability e.g. children, study obligations?

You need to sell yourself, highlight your skills and experiences which make you ideal for the role. If you are not sure if the role will be suitable for you ask questions before applying. Do not ask these questions during an interview.

Should you list your skills separately, or are they obvious through listing your previous role or education?

List your key skills only, don’t make the lists too long. Previous experience gets looked at first, then qualifications, then skills.  Different styles of CV are okay as long as you are conveying the most relevant information about yourself in relation to the role you are applying for. Match your application to the job e.g. emphasise your specific IT skills if the job has an IT focus. Adapt your CV for every single application. Mirror what they are asking in the person specifications and the selection criteria in your applications. Put an equal amount of effort into all elements of the application – the cover letter, your CV and responses to the selection criteria. Sometimes only the selection criteria get looked at so don’t just focus on your CV.

SALIN Careers Event 2014

Is there job security in the library sector?

The academic sector is highly competitive and there are few permanent roles due to budget cuts in the higher education sector. Many roles are contract based. However places are looking for new people with new ideas and if you make the right impressions and work hard you can build a career in the academic sector.

The local government sector is quite different. The majority of roles in this sector are permanent and there are always new roles coming up. Volunteer with a public library to get access to internal opportunities and to build networks. Consider signing up with a library specific recruiting agency such as The One Umbrella.

Securing permanency in the school librarian sector is difficult. You can try for roles as a School Support Officer working in the library and then transition into a library management role without being a teacher. You can register on the DECD website for these roles.

How much detail should be provided when addressing selection criteria?

Three examples for each criteria is a good guideline. However make sure that the examples are specific and relevant.  Either paragraphs or dot points are appropriate, decide which one would be most suitable to the criteria. You could dot point your skills and then provide an example in a paragraph.

Always read the position description and selection criteria closely. Look for the key terminology. Use these to guide you in creating your application. Mirror the terminology and the skills asked for to demonstrate how you are suitable for the role. Make sure you address all the parts of the criteria if it has multiple parts.

How can you transition from one sector to another e.g. public to academic?

Consider your transferable skills e.g. IT, communication, interpersonal, project management, meeting deadlines, working in a team. Consider whether you are a good fit for the organisation. Start networking in your chosen sector and do your research. As previously mentioned, make sure you tailor your application to suit the role.

What should you wear to an interview?

Dress appropriately. Look respectful and neatly presented. You don’t need to wear a suit. Don’t wear shorts or a short skirt or a low cut top. Be neat and clean.

If you feel you have done badly in the interview but believe you are a good fit for the job can you rectify it?

If you have time at the end of the interview you can clarify a point you made or reiterate some key skills. However if the interview is over there is nothing you can do. Consider it a learning experience for next time

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Tips

  • Aim for a 2 page CV. Most employees do not have the time to look at enormous CVs.

  • Spell check everything. Get someone to proofread for you.

  • Don’t talk too much, don’t ramble, give monologues or go on too long.

  • “Fake it until you make it”. Smile. Be friendly & engaging.  Make eye contact.

  • Don’t say that you love reading books. This is a hobby. This has nothing to do with the job and shows a lack of understanding of library work.

  • Make sure that you listen clearly to questions. Take notes if you need to.

The session was concluded with a brief talk from Lauren Gobbett, the State Manager for South Australia for the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA). ALIA is the professional association for the information sector and advocates for the profession at a national level. Lauren spoke about the services that ALIA can offer people looking for work including a career advisory service, a jobs board and information on careers and the sector.

Links

Ann Morgan & the University of South Australia

http://unisa.edu.au/

http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/homepage.asp?Name=Ann.Morgan

Jo Cooper & the City of Prospect Library

http://www.prospect.sa.gov.au/library/

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/jo-cooper/25/b99/434

Heather Carine & Carine Research

http://www.carineresearch.com.au/

The Penguin Speaking Club – Heather runs the  Young Women’s Group which meets at the Hutt Street Library on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6pm – 7pm.

http://penguinspeakingclub.wordpress.com/

http://www.thepenguinclub.asn.au/sa.html

Additional Resources

Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA)

https://www.alia.org.au/aliasa

One Umbrella Recruitment Consultancy

http://www.oneumbrella.com.au/

Department for Education and Child Development

http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/

Advice for New Grads

http://2four5.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/advice-for-new-grads/

Addressing selection criteria in a public library

http://www.hughrundle.net/2013/08/19/addressing-selection-criteria-in-public-library-job-applications/

Tips for applying for library jobs in the public sector

http://aliasydney.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/tips-for-applying-for-library-jobs-in.html

Resume and key selection criteria workshop

http://alianewgrad.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/resume-and-key-selection-criteria.html

How to answer the trickiest interview questions

http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/how_to_answer_the_five_trickiest_OCZaaSwUz1uQP9slreO7gP

Get the job: Resume and Interview Tips

http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2012/10/get-job-resume-and-interview-tips.html

Nailing the library interview

http://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/nailing-the-library-interview/

Preparing for a library job interview

http://thespiritedlibrarian.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/preparing-for-library-job-interview.html

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SALIN/ALIA Christmas Drinks

SALIN/ALIA Christmas drinks

Have a drink, chat with fellow librarians and reflect on 2014.

Thursday 11th December

From 5.30pm

Bank Street Social

http://bankstreetsocial.com.au/

Any questions email Pixie.Stardust@unisa.edu.au

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SALIN Careers Forum

SALIN Careers Forum

Cracking the Library Nut : Securing your first library job or transitioning careers.

This forum will cover preparing job applications, addressing selection criteria, interview skills and other strategies for securing your dream job. Guest speakers from the academic, public & special library sector will discuss their hiring strategies and answer any questions you have about gaining work in a library.  This event is aimed at both new librarians looking to crack into the library and information industry as well as experienced professionals looking to move into a new career within the profession.

The details of the event are:

Date: Thursday 6th November

Time: 6pm for 6:30pm start. Official proceedings to finish at 7.30pm

Location: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Renae.Anderson@unisa.edu.au by the 3rd November.

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Quiz Night

On the 18th of July over 160 librarians, information professionals and friends braved the cold to attend the SALIN/ALIA quiz night at the Goodwood Community Centre.

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Lauren, the quiz master, led 23 tables through 10 rounds of questions, each dedicated to a different Dewey class. Throughout the evening teams were also challenged by question sheets to test their knowledge of literary genres, famous libraries, librarians and serial killers.

It was a tight battle, but at the end of the night Table 1 were the victors with a score of 46 out of 75.

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Many teams took the opportunity to dress up to the theme, literary genres, and be in the running for the prizes for best dressed table (a chocolate hamper from Haigh’s) and individual (an iPod shuffle, donated by Pixie).

SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Proceeds from the evening, totalling $1850, have been donated to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation’s Joey Jumpstart campaign. Many thanks to everyone who attended for helping us support such a worthwhile cause.

Special thanks go to the ladies from the Adelaide branch of the SA CWA for the range of delicious goodies they made available for purchase on the night and to Red Lime Shack for supplying tasty coffee and hot beverages.

We would also like to thank all the companies and individuals who generously donated items for our prize hampers:

SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014

door and best dressed prizes:

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

and gift bags:

We are looking forward to an even more successful quiz next year. For more pictures from the night please visit our Flickr group. If you have some photos of the night you’d like to share, feel free to add them to the group too.

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SALIN & ALIA Quiz Night

SALIN/ALIA Quiz night

July 18th

6.30 for a 7pm start

Goodwood Community Centre,  32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood

Theme: Literary genres

BYO: Food and beverages

Coffee, soup, scones and cakes will be available for purchase thanks to the Red Lime Shack and the Adelaide Branch of the SA CWA.

Proceeds to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Haigh’s Chocolate hamper  for best dressed table.

$15 per person

Tables of 8

Book a whole table for $100 if you pay by EFT before the event.

If you haven’t got a table together let us know and we can help to sit you somewhere.

RSVP to Renae Anderson Renae.Anderson@unisa.edu.au by the 10th July.

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Book Swap social event

SALIN Book Swap

Come along for an afternoon of literature, chatting and coffee.

Bring an old favourite book, tell us what you love about it and swap it for another.

You can bring multiple books if you like.

Sunday 22nd June

1.30 -3pm

Hello Yes Coffee

12 Eliza Street, Adelaide

RSVP: Pixie.Stardust@unisa.edu.au by 18th June.

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Tour of the Adelaide City Library

On the 16th April, 30 eager library people gathered at the new Adelaide City Library for a tour of this wonderful new space with Ann Rundle, Library Manager and Carly Reimann, Systems Support Officer.

The Adelaide City Library reopened in its current location on the 7th February 2014, with the vision of being a multipurpose community space; fostering creativity and innovation through inspirational spaces and cutting edge technologies. The library aims to promote experimental learning and encourage technological engagement across generations.

SALIN City Library Tour

The history
The Adelaide City Council Library Service Vision is an 11 paragraph statement about the values of, and services which, make a successful community library. This vision was developed in collaboration with the community and key stakeholders in October 2011.

Our libraries embrace reinvention and change: they look to the future, leading the way in social, technological and environmental sustainability. Staff are skilled and supported in responding to individual and community needs, now and into the future. Yet our libraries do not take themselves too seriously: they are surprising and fun and new every day.

With only a small budget the library needed to formulate innovative solutions to achieve the values of the service vision. Significantly, they wanted a central city location, but could not afford ground floor space in Rundle Mall. A window of opportunity opened with the building of Rundle Place, where the 3rd floor space was available. This prompted the Adelaide City Council and library management to consider how to make a library successful in an upper storey space, and recognised taking advantage of the locations views, natural light, and open areas as the key to maximising a positive user experience.

The space
The Adelaide City Library was designed by architectural firm Hassel, in consultation with the Adelaide City Council and library staff. The concept for the space is based on origami – one space with many places. Flexibility was integral to the design, with moveable walls allowing for multiple configurations.  Library staff felt it was imperative customers were able to customise the space to suit their needs, and this also prompted the use of universal design principles, ensuring spaces suitable for all ages, and accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

The library’s design earned an Innovation in Design award from the Forest Stewardship Council for design, selection and procurement of responsibly sourced, FSC-certified timber products for many of the library’s fixtures, finishes and furniture, as well as FSC-certified paper for its office and sanitary supplies. Procurement was focused on Australian made, recycled and using emerging designers wherever possible.

SALIN City Library Tour

The library’s spaces, including meeting rooms, studios, technology labs and an outdoor reading room are inviting and flexible. Moveable walls and sliding doors let customers use the space as they want, when they want. Low shelving has been used to support access and encourage increased use of the collection while allowing visibility across the space for safety and security. Significantly, shelving is on wheels so it can be moved for exhibition space as required.

Key features of the library include spaces suitable for a range of uses allowing for partnerships with community organisations.  A history hub provides access to historical collections held by the state archives and state library, and currently they are undertaking a project to digitise the Adelaide picture collection for online availability.

The media lab is a very popular and busy space, featuring the latest software, and video production and sound equipment.  The City Library also boasts a ‘digital hub’ for computer, internet & smart device training for the public, and Wi-Fi is available across the library. The innovation lab offers users a chance to explore and share new technologies, including 3D printers, scanners and pens, and features hollow glass doors for displaying works created in the lab. The lab offers drop-in and maker sessions, and is staffed by expert volunteers; currently library users can experiment with these technologies free of charge!
There is also a café area where users can prepare their own food and drink. The library plans to establish partnerships with hospitality educational organisations to engage hospitality students to run the café.

SALIN City Library Tour
SALIN City Library Tour

The activities
The library is utilising a range of ‘people in residence’ including artists, historians, poets and makers. These people demonstrate what can be done with the space and the available equipment and encourage the sharing of ideas and creativity. The residents train staff to build up expertise with equipment and are available to talk to the public about their work, ideas and how to engage with the library’s spaces and equipment.

A range of programs are run including family story time, book groups, weekend workshops, lunchtime information sessions, LEGO maker sessions, public lectures and green living sessions on gardening, sustainability and food security.

The collection
The collection has approximately 45,000 items with a collection age of 5 years. This is a very young fresh collection with 10% digital items. The library is aiming to maintain the currency of the collection as well as purchasing more digital material. The library is part of the 1 card network, offering users access to the collections of public libraries across the state.

SALIN City Library Tour

The statistics
15,000 people visited in the first week of operation.

In the first 6 weeks 52,500 people visited and 59,000 items were borrowed.

In the first 9 weeks 76,000 people visited.

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Library Lovers Crafternoon in the Pub

Please join the crafty SALIN librarians for a fun afternoon of networking, crafting and drinking. Bring your own craft to work on. All librarians, library lovers and their friends are welcome to join us. We’d love to see students as well.
When: Sunday 4th May, from 3pm
Where: The Franklin Hotel, 92 Franklin Street Adelaide (opposite the bus station)

http://www.thefranklinhotel.com.au

Cost: own expense for drinks and snacks
RSVP: Pixie.Stardust@unisa.edu.au by 30th April so we can confirm numbers with the venue, but feel free to drop in on the day!

library craft

crafting idea

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Take a backstage tour of the new Adelaide City Library

Take a behind the scenes look at the new Adelaide City Library highlighting cutting edge technology including RFID tagging and their automated returns area as well as beautiful modern multipurpose spaces.

The half hour tour will be led by Library Manager Anne Rundle, followed by a light supper.

City Library, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall)

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Location: City Library, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall)
Meet up in meeting room 1 and 2
Cost: gold coin donation

The tour is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case there are any cancellations, please email renae.anderson@unisa.edu.au

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Christmas Drinks

You are invited to…

A ʻLibrary Starsʼ Celebration

Join SALIN, ALIA New Graduates Group SA and ALIA Information Science Group SA
for Christmas drinks & celebrate the end of 2012

When: 6pm, Wednesday 12th December
Where: Hotel Richmond, upstairs, 128 Rundle Mall
Details: Drinks & food can be purchased at the Bar.
Theme: Decorate yourself with a Christmas star!

All attendees will go into a drawer to win prizes…

RSVP to Freya Lucas, resources@gowriesa.org.au
or just turn up on the night…

We’ll see you there!

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