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ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: My iPad Conversion

Today I made the worst boo- boo I could make at a conference such as this: I forgot my netbook.
Being the tech-a-holic that I am, this is a big deal. Yesterday showed how many people here were using Twitter, and that was not something I wanted to miss out on. For me, I use Twitter the same way some would write notes. The writing itself helps me process, but the interaction that Twitter gives in a situation such as this, means things tend to stick in my memory more.

HOWEVER, the lovely Bronwen Forster was sitting next to me when I realised I had forgotten my netbook, and she offered me the use of her iPad!
Bronwen had an iPad from work, but much preferred to use her laptop, which she also had with her. So I thought, yeah, why not? I had never really been that interested in iPads before, as I am not that keen on some of Apple’s ethics (DRM, cost of brand name etc.).
BUT, I am officially an iPad convert. I just love the functionality of it! Yes, they typing on a screen is a bit strange at first, but  got used to it pretty quickly, and soon I was typing as fast as I normally would.
Yesterday’s blog post was written on the iPad.
It does have some issues though. Mobile Twitter via the internet, will only show the hashtag feeds in popularity order, not most recent. Also, some websites haven’t really adapted to having a mobile interface. BlogSpot allows users to make posts, but only write in HTML, and not in RichText.  But thinks like that will be fixed over time, as tablet and mobile devices become more and more commonplace, so I am not that fussed. These issues are problems with the websites, not with the product itself.
So that’s it. I am officially a convert. Next time I need to upgrade my mobile device, I am getting an iPad, rather than another netbook.
Wouldn’t have minded having the up down left right scrolling keys on the iPad keyboard.

ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: Friday

Yesterday was the first day of NLS, and it was a blast. During the day we had a couple of tours (one at TAFE Central library, and the other at SLWA). In the afternoon, there was the joint session with the LibTech conference, called Back to the Future: Where are we going? I think the thing I found most interesting was a comment one of the speakers made, saying “why do we even have two separate conferences?” That was very popular with everyone there, which got me thinking.

TAFE Central had a brand new custom building. Somehing I found really interesting was that they had one office for the librarians, and another for the library techs. I asked about it, and the libray tech said “the librarians think they are better than us.”

While this was said in a sort of joking way, it seemed there was a sort of bitter undercurrent. I mean, in a library, the staff are a community. I understand that the bosses get their own office, but part of the fun of working out the back is socializing. You can’t really do that when you have those with the degree in one room, and everyone else in the other.

As someone who is working her but off to get her degree, I wasn’t sure how I felt when the presenter said that your qualification doesn’t really matter in the workplace, but segregation based on education, that I don’t understand.

That evening there was a Tweetup at the Hula Bula bar, which was a lot of fun. I was pretty hungry at that point, so while everyone else was gouging in, I was standing outside with my cup of super hot potato and leek soup I got from Dome, waiting for everyone else to arrive so I could direct them to where the group was. Once I got inside, I did have a fabulous (virgin) cocktail called a Spongebob, which I quite enjoyed. It is not often I can even get cocktail I can drink when I go out.

Got home rather exhausted, but a good day. sure I had been to the SLWA plenty of times, but it is the company you keep. Like-minds have fun together!

It is about time!

Well, despite announcing almost a month ago that we had an e-list, it is only now that we have actually got it running. 
Each day I was getting an email like this, telling me that I had to approve membership.
Now, this shouldn’t have happened in the first place, as I have chosen to set the e-list to self-subscription (that is, we send you a confirmation email, you click the link). 
At any rate, when I would try to log in to approve said subscription, my password wouldn’t work.
After a number of attempts at contacting ALIA’s IT department, I finally got a response, and the who thing was sorted in a couple of days.
Now we have an actual e-list. As it stands, we have 9 email addresses subscribed. ALIA rules state we need a minimum of 10 after the first month to remain online. Admittedly, I also subscribed my Youth Guardian Services e-mail address, however, I can justify that I did it for professional reasons (I am the current Executive Director of YGS, which maintains online support networks for LGBTQ Youth). 
We might have a bit longer to get that last subscription, due to the fact it took so long to get the e-list online, but we still need that last subscription! You don’t need to identify as LGBTQ, or even be an ALIA member to join. You just need an interest in what we do. 
You can subscribe by going here, or by going to the ALIA website, and selecting E-lists, under the Groups menu.

Forgot to mention….

ALIA now has an LGBTQ e-list!!

It has actually been going a few days now, but I forgot to but up the notice here.

You can subscribe here. Please be aware that we are not yet listed on the ALIA webpage, under their e-lists.

Also, we need a minimum of 10 members within a month to remain active, so even if you don’t think you will get involved, or join the conversation, please subscribe, so we can continue to exist.

Don’t forget, we can be found on Twitter as @aliaLGBTQ!

aliaLGBTQ e-list now has a Twitter account…but no e-list

So the application to have the e-list went in last week, and we are now waiting for ALIAs  IT guys to work their magic and set up aliaLGBTQ. 
BUT, today is the last day of July, meaning #TweetAugust starts tomorrow, and there is no way we are going to miss out on the fun, just because we don’t officially exist yet! 
So, the Twitter account for aliaLGBTQ was born! While it was recognised that usually only ALIA groups really use social media such as Twitter, it was decided that aliaLGBTQ would benefit from Twitter involvement, in that it would create awareness within the librarians-who-Tweet circles, and would help get the word out. In addition, it is the hope of the organisers that with increased membership and participation, that our e-list will eventually morph into a fully-fledged group. 
Sorry about the size…we needed it big enough to read!
Now we just need to figure out what to Tweet about this month. I have a few links to book lists, relevant blog posts, and an awesome picture of some lesbrarians, but I reckon we will be struggling by the end of the month!
Keep your eyes peeled for the aliaLGBTQ e-list subscription link, coming to a Twitter feed near you!

Since QC: how a short presentation on why libraries are gay is changing Australian libraries

Less than a month ago I did a presentation at QueerCollaborations (the national conference for the queer students of Australia), on how libraries can better cater towards the LGBTQ community, and why it is so important. Since then, a number of major changes have happened, and it is starting to scare me, how much of an impact this is having
Changes thus far…
  • A motion was made at QC that additional copies of Querelle (our annual arts and literature anthology) would be sent to public libraries within country area. The libraries can then chose if they want to insert the book into their collection, or simply leave it on the coffee table for users to pick up at their leisure. In some regional and rural libraries, this may well be the only LGBTQ related resorce they have in stock! As a country-queer myself, I know this has the potential to give young people in isolated area so much hope for the future. If you want your library to get involved in this, please email me your contact details, and I will make sure your library gets a copy next year (while this is aimed at public libraries in the country, if you are a metropolitan or a school library, and you are interested, we will be more than willing to include you).
  • An additional motion was made that all future additions of Querelle will require an ISBN (something we haven’t bothered with before), to ensure that copies will reside in the National Library of Australia, as well as the Batty Library. This will cement Querelle’s  presence in Australia’s history. 
  •  Attention was drawn to a children’s picture book (in a public library) with a warning label attached to the front, advising parents that the book dealt with same sex relationships. The label has since been removed, and efforts are being made to trace where and when the label was first attached.
  •  I was approached by other members of the Australian library community, asking if I would assist them in establishing a special interest group within ALIA to deal with LGBTQ issues, similar to ALA’s GLBT Round Table. There has been interest in this in a while, and when it became apparent to the rest of WAs librarians that I was willing to get involved with LGBTQ issues within libraries, I was asked to be the public face of it (which I was more than willing). Initially it will just be an e-list under the name aliaLGBTQ, although it is the hope of those involved that once there is adequate membership, a fully-fledged group can be formed. The purpose behind the group will be to (a) support LGBTQ library staff, professionals, and students, as well as their straight allies, and (b) advise and assist libraries in cantering towards the LGBTQ community. This means that we are working for the benefit of not just the staff, but the users to. As soon as the e-list is going I will start pushing out the signup link. I am so excited about this!
  • In addition, I am currently re-writing my QC presentation for a library audience (as opposed to the LGBTQ audience it was originally intended for), and I am planning on presenting at LibraryCamp Australia in September (this will also be a good chance to plug the ALIA e-list!!!).
So as you can imagine, after less than a month, all of this is happening, and I don’t know which way to turn! After all, I am still just a student myself!!!!