Archive for August, 2010

Play nice in the sandpit


The title of the post is advice (or a stern command?) given to me in pre-school when I was five years old. Is it the most useful advice anyone can ever get? Possibly.

It is advice I often repeat when discussing the best way to behave in the online ‘sandpit’. Social networking spaces online are full of fun kids and shiny toys, plus room to play, make noise and stretch the boundaries a bit. It can be easy to get carried away and forget about playing nice.

So, as I launch into the online space of another library conference, I’m taking a few moments to remind myself of my own sandpit rules. Oh sure there are heaps of netiquette guides and even strict rules on how to behave online, but when it really comes down to it, the advice about playing nice in the sandpit goes a long way.

Share your toys
It can be easy for the kids with toys to become focused inward, and forget the joy of sharing with others. I’m sure I didn’t know the word ‘clique’ at aged five, but I sure felt excluded from some of them. My aim at this conference is to hang out at the Tweet Perch in the exhibition hall as much as practical, to show people new to the online space how much value Twitter, Facebook and other online tools can add to the conference experience. If not one single new person chooses to join in online, that’s fine. Sharing the toys and giving people the encouragement and support to try the tools is my main aim. (By the way, did you know there will be Apple iPads to test out?!)

Keeping it clean
I’ll never forget the day I found cat poo in the primary school sandpit – it well and truly put me off sandpits for a few weeks. While I might drop the odd virtual sandwich crust or biscuit crumb in the corner, I try to keep unwanted stuff out of the online space so I don’t put other people off using the same space.

Looking out for others
As a kid, I could be a pretty big sook at times. Sometimes I just wanted to play on the swings by myself, despite my friends in the sandpit calling me to join them building the world’s greatest underground city. Online, it’s very easy to drag people unwillingly into the space by posting comments, uploading photos and videos or sharing information that they would prefer to remain, well, not quite as visible. If I take a photo of you at the conference, I’ll ask if I can post it online with your name. If you say no, that’s perfectly OK, I’ll respect that.

 I’m looking forward to meeting new people and catching up with old friends, both in person and online at ALIA Access 2010. If you see me playing less than nice in the sandpit, don’t hesitate to remind me of my own rules 🙂

Warren Cheetham
Digital Coordinator – ALIA Access conference committee


Getting ready – and great tips


Kate Sinclair must have been having the same thoughts (see below)  as her post just arrived as I have finished this one 🙂

Everyone is preparing for the ALIA Access conference.   Here are a couple of links of tips and discussions as to how to get the most out of a library conference :



ALA2010 survivial tips


LibTechTips and lots more conference tips links at

and for this week, Don’t forget the ALIA Access wiki too

Sue Hutley, ALIA Executive Director

Countdown to ALIA Access…


Our ‘sold out gig’  is almost here and it’s been great to see the excitement building for “THE” ALIA event of the year.

I’m sitting here in my hotel room after a long but productive day spent with the rest of the ALIA Board, reading all the tweets from #aliaaccess delegates as they pack, catch flights or prepare presentations.

We can’t wait to see you all here in Queensland.  For those packing in the cold, rainy south, Brisbane is putting on some gorgeous sunny weather for you to enjoy!

This is my personal packing list of essentials for ALIA Access:

  • BYO satchel – Yes, ALIA Access isn’t providing a satchel but asking delegates to BYO.  Well, I have a large and extensive collection of conference bags & satchels, the only problem was choosing (and fitting it in my suitcase)!  We’re looking forward to seeing how creative delegates can be.
  • My ALIA star pins – say it loud, I’m an ALIA member & I’m proud!  One of my favorite things about conferences is you see lots of delegates proudly wearing their ALIA stars. Don’t forget to visit the ALIA Booth in the exhibition area to get an “ALIA member” tag for your badge as well!
  • My Aurora pin – looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from the Aurora Leadership Institute and catching up at the New Grads event on Wednesday night
  • My collection of #ausvotes election material – we may not have a government yet…but the NLA wants your election flyers, leaflets and ephemera for their collection.  If you haven’t binned it already, bring it along to the NLA booth in the ALIA Access exhibition.
  • Wireless devices – my trusty EEEPC and my smart phone, all ready to use with the FREE wireless access at Access!  Check the conference booklet in your delegate pack for your wireless password so that you can blog, tweet and share your conference experience with others.  Use the #aliaaccess hashtag, follow @ALIAAccess on Twitter and catch the news on the Access Facebook page and the conference blog.

Wishing that you WERE packing for Access?  Missing out on all the conference fun?  Don’t forget our webstreaming registration is still open – a great way to experience the conference wherever you are in the world.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Brisbane tomorrow!

Kate Sinclair, ALIA Access Program Coordinator

Beautiful Brisbane for ALIA Access


Well, it’s finally the week of #ALIAAccess in Brisbane.  The weather has started off perfectly – blue skies, warm weather and the river views to enjoy.

There are lots of other meetings, workshops and gatherings being held all over the city this week in conjunction with the conference.   The ALIA Board met today and there is the annual ALIA meeting of Library Technician Educators on Tuesday.    So you might see the ALIA staff, Board and Conference Committee going off in many directions during the week to meet all of our meeting and event commitments.  Trying to be two places at once is not quite in our job descriptions yet…. and some days during conferences we wish we could clone ourselves.  Catch us when you can, or see us at the ALIA Stand.

There will be lots of surprises at the conference, so for delegates, you will have to discover them along the way.  For Newbie Techies like me, there will again be something new to learn and to try out during the week.   And speaking of technology, we look forward to welcoming lots of ALIA members to our webstreaming experience for the conference too.

There’s going to be some very creative satchel options that people have brought along, one of the small ways we are being abit more sustainable with this conference.  Lots of photos of these will end up on the #ALIAAccess twitter stream and on the blog during the week I am sure.

Enjoy conference week, wherever you are.

Sue Hutley,  ALIA Executive Director

After conference function


ALIA Sydney Library Folk in the Pub (LFIP) together with IAML Australia (the Australian Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) invite all library workers, and those otherwise in the industry , to join members of these two groups for a post-conference event (whether or not attending on of these).
September 3rd – 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Location : The Ship Inn        
Stanley St (Cnr Sidon St) Brisbane (link to Google Map page)

Brisbane Public Transport


Some useful links for public transport options in Brisbane:

TRANSLink – covers buses, trains and ferries. Has journey planners, timetables and maps

Airtrain – from the Brisbane airport to the city, stops at South Brisbane (closest to conferene venue) and South Bank, and then on to Gold Coast

    What’s on in Brisbane? (besides ALIA Access…)


    If you’re arriving early or staying later in Brisbane, here’s a quick checklist of online events guides for Brisbane, and for specific places around the conference venue:

    Register now for Web Streaming


    You still have time to register for the ALIA Access 2010 live web streaming sessions.

    Offered exclusively to ALIA members, the web streamed program will provide an opportunity to access the vast array of Conference sessions online.

    With prices starting from only $80 for a personal member for one day, this is a great option for those members who are unable to attend the conference in person.

    For more details on available sessions and prices,  please visit

    ALIA Access New Grad Resume Reviews – places still available


    The New Grad resume reviews at ALIA Access are now open to all new grads – you DO NOT need to be attending ALIA Access to have your resume reviewed.

    Reviews are happening on Thursday 2 September at the ALIA Access conference venue (Brisbane Convention Centre)

    There are still have morning review spaces available, so make the most of this opportunity and come along.

    Contact to register your interest and don’t forget to attach your resume.

    Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


    The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has a great location map (downloadable in PDF format) which shows parking, public transport options, cultural venues close by, estimated walking distance to popular places and a hotel index: