Category Archives: social media

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!

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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!!!!

Why I think more LIS students should do Library Day in the Life

A while ago I read a blog post by Über Libearian called I care about your professional development, and it talked about how LIS students who actively got involved in PD tended to get noticed more by employers.

Now if only it were that simple. Go to PD events, get a job. If that were the case, I would be employed right now.

For me, it isn’t just the employment possibilities that entrice me to attend conferences, PD events, and get involved with social media projects (such as Library Day in the Life), it is the networking. I am learning so much about my industry, how it is changing, and about the people who will one day become my colleagues. It encourages me, gives me a goal. “I want to be as innovative within Children’s Services as Judy O’Connell”.  Plus, conferences can be so much fun!

Social media, such as Twitter, allows you to interact with the best of your fields, your idols, as equals. That in itself is a self-esteem boost! To think that someone who you respect so much, is willing to find time in their day, to read what you have so say, and respond. This is particularly emphasised in Library Day in the Life. The best and most well known in the world of Library and Information Services is doing the exact same thing as you. And that is a pretty amazing thought.

So to all LIS students out there, get involved! Participate in Day in the Life, Blog June, or some form of social media interaction within the LIS industry. Believe me, you will be glad you did!