PDIG forum 2 2022

Reshape your career-readiness

Wednesday 23 November, 10.30am – 12.00pm AEDT

Interviewing Tips & Tricks + Q&A

Are you looking for some tips and tricks to help you with job interviews? Maybe you are wondering how interviews have changed with the move to work from home and the switch to online? Join Amelia Rowe for this presentation to kick off your job interview preparation. Learn tips on how to highlight your strengths, demonstrate your soft skills, and how to present transferrable skills for new roles.

Presented by: Amelia Rowe, Manager Discovery Systems & Facilities, RMIT University

Amelia is a professional librarian with 10+ years’ experience in the industry. Over these years, Amelia has worked on the vendor side, cataloguing & acquisitions, library systems, and recently added library site management and concierge services to the list. Amelia has been an interviewee, an interviewer, and an interview panel member for roles across the library from which she has drawn experience for this presentation.

Recruitment with Jane Cowell + Q&A

Recruiting is one of the most important activities in your organisation. At Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) we want to ensure we recruit to our values, attract people with a learning mindset, and for the skills we recognise are needed to drive us for the future. Jane will share YPRL’s approach to recruiting and interviewing to achieve the best outcome for both the organisation and the applicants.  

Presented by: Jane Cowell, CEO, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Jane Cowell is a known innovator and speaker on trends in the Public Library industry, with over 25 years of experience working in Public Libraries across Australia. She is passionate about public libraries as creative community spaces and their role in connecting communities with technology trends. She sees many opportunities for libraries presented by the rapidly changing digital, social, and economic environment. Currently Jane is the CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library which serves the communities in the northeast of Melbourne.

In her previous roles Jane has introduced a Business Incubator space in the State Library of Queensland, partnering with local entrepreneurs; developed a Council wide Learning Community collaborating with the local University, TAFE campuses, Community Organisations, and the business community; and delivered significant research projects to support library advocacy efforts such as The Impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces (2016). Additionally, Jane was instrumental in the development of a fully funded ($20 million) early literacy programme for every Queensland public library, First Five Forever, now in its 8th year of delivery.

Jane is currently a member of the International Library Federation Association Public Library Section and enjoys this global collaboration to advance Public Libraries across the world. She blogs at Medium and you can follow Jane on Twitter @janecowell8.

Courageous conversations

Wednesday 31 August, 2.00 – 3.30pm AEST

Have you ever wondered how to best:

- provide a manager with feedback?

- ask for a promotion?

- raise a concern with a colleague?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you should join PDIG to explore how to have these, and further, courageous conversations.

We will be joined by Catherine Twiss from Catherine Twiss Consulting, an organisational psychologist, who will share a couple of models for how to have these courageous conversations, as well as share some takeaway resources for you. Catherine will also join a panel with library practitioners Dr Anita Dewi (Manager, Library Learning Services, La Trobe University), and Gary Pearce (Manager, Library Services (Research), RMIT University). While there will be prepared questions, please bring along yours to ask in Slido throughout the event.

Catherine Twiss, Principal Consultant, Catherine Twiss Consulting (speaker and panellist)

With a career spanning 15+years Catherine has worked at all levels within an organisation from C-suite through to production workers enabling individuals to work through change and restructure, interpersonal conflict or team development and promote engagement and optimal functioning. Catherine has developed a reputation for quality program design and delivery where people feel emboldened to apply what they’ve learned, be it one-on-one coaching (executive, conflict, resilience, careers) or group training and facilitation.

While honing her skills in applying scientific rigor, and deepen her understanding of optimal human functioning — particularly within an organisational setting — Catherine completed a Masters of Organisational Psychology. This complements her previous qualifications in Psychology, Career Management and Philosophy. Catherine is also a fully registered psychologist.

Dr Anita Dewi, Manager, Library Learning Services, La Trobe University (panellist)

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Anita started working in the academic library sector as a casual library assistant in 2009. Since then, she has developed her career in the sector as Subject Librarian, Learning Skills Adviser, Research and Learning Coordinator, Liaison Coordinator, and Manager of Library Learning Services, which is her current role at La Trobe University Library. Her qualifications include PhD (Applied Linguistics), MEd (TESOL), and MIM (Information Management and Librarianship). Her areas of interest are work-integrated learning (WIL), librarianship, applied linguistics, education, and intercultural communication.

Dr Gary Pearce, Manager, Library Services (Research), RMIT University (panellist)

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Gary is the Manager of Library Services (Research) at RMIT University Library. His responsibilities include the oversight of staff and services related to research support, research writing support, and the institutional repository. He has a Masters and a PhD in comparative literature and cultural studies.

Casey Bolton, Library Frontline Services Officer, Federation University Australia

Currently a Library Frontline Services Officer at Federation University Australia, Casey has experience in both public and academic libraries as a Library Officer and in management positions.