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: 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 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: 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)

Cost: own expense for drinks and snacks
RSVP: 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

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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,
or just turn up on the night…

We’ll see you there!

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New SALIN Executive Committee member

SALIN welcomes one of our new members of the committee – Tim Ormsby

Tim came to the world of librarianship via the circuitous route of IT and Archaeology. He finished his Grad Dip. in Library and Information Management from UniSA in 2011. Since then he has been working casually at Mitcham Public Library and Flinders University Library. Tim recently secured the position of Lending Services Librarian at Flinders University Central Library.

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We’re going back to prison!

In October, 2009 SALIN offered  the opportunity for a small group to tour the Adelaide Women’s Prison libraries. Read the review here.

The event highlighted the resourcing needs of the libraries and put the call out for assistance.

Now we’re heading back to see if things have changed – did we succeed in helping improve the libraries?

Tour details:

  • Date: Monday 24th September, 2012
  • Time: 10.00– 11.00 am
  • Location: Adelaide Women’s Prison, Grand Junction Rd at Northfield
  • Cost: Free
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