New Librarians Symposium 2023

New Librarians Symposium 2023

Event Information

NLS aims to provide a low cost and high value symposium specifically geared towards students and new professionals from around the country. The inspiring event allowed future movers and shakers of the Australian LIS industry to come together and discuss future possibilities and ways to get there. NLSX encourages attendees to exchange knowledge, to explore ideas and to expand their professional circle, and their thinking.

The ALIA NLSX theme is “eXchange, eXplore, eXpand'.

eXchange: The symposium will provide opportunities for exchanging knowledge across the GLAMR sector, across generations and across social barriers.

eXplore: Presenters and delegates will be encouraged to explore challenging, emerging and innovative ideas and step outside their comfort zones.

eXpand: Opportunities will be provided for delegates to expand their professional networks while broadening  their horizons and looking beyond their own experiences.

Event Delivery

This event takes place online. Recordings of all sessions will be available to registered participants on demand for six months post symposium.

After registering, you will receive an email with your instructions for joining the event.



Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning West Australian author. His novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won multiple accolades, including the 2019 WA Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer. In 2020, it was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The novel is now in development as a TV series

Holden’s second novel The Brink was published by Text Publishing in August 2022. His writing has been published in WA Today, 10 Daily, Griffith Review, the Huffington Post, Westerly, and other journals, books and anthologies. Holden graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program and won a prestigious Australia Council grant in 2015. He is Deputy Chair of Writing WA.

When he’s not writing, Holden works out at the gym and plays footy. He lives in Perth with his husband.

Proudly sponsored by Lucidea.



Catherine Clark

After moving to Australia from Scotland as a teenager, Catherine commenced her professional career in public libraries and following experience in school and special libraries in the UK, has worked in academic libraries for over 20 years at both The University of Western Australia and Curtin University.  Her leadership roles have focused on the design and delivery of library, learning and IT services across a range of portfolio areas.  Catherine has also enjoyed working with archival collections at UWA and as Director of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.

Additional leadership roles Catherine has undertaken have included: Member of the Board of the Council of Australian University Librarians and Program Director for the Advancing Open Scholarship Program; Chair of the Aurora Foundation, an international organisation committed to providing development opportunities for emerging leaders in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sectors; Member of the Curtin University Council, the University’s governing authority, Chair of the Libraries of the ATN Universities Executive Group and Member of the National and State Libraries Australasia Board.

In 2017, Catherine was honoured to be recognised with the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Australian and New Zealand Association for Tertiary Education Management.

In-Person Networking Events


Time: 9:30 am -5:30pm AEST
Location: PMi Victorian History Library-39 St Edmonds Road Prahran Vic 3181
Who: Anyone registered for NLSX.
What to bring: Own device, and headphones
Run down: We’ll put the keynotes up on the big screen then everyone can attend the streams on their own computers. We’ll have mingling time in between streams. We’re not providing food, but there’s plenty of good cafes in the area.
RSVP essential: [email protected]

Symposium committee

ALIA would like to thank the organising committee for all of their invaluable work in the planning and development of the symposium program.

Qualify for CPD Hours

If you are a member of the ALIA PD Scheme or Proficiency Recognition Program (PRP) you can log and reflect on your time spent engaging with ALIA Virtual Showcases for PD hours. There is no cap on the number of hours you can claim - the total is simply the number of hours that you can spend actively learning and engaging in the conference content. This will vary from person to person.

Any PD questions can be sent to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Information

Cancellations received up to one week before the event will receive a refund less 20% of your total registration charge. No refunds will be given in the registration is cancelled within a week of the event.

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More Information

For more information contact the ALIA events team

Phone 02 6215 8222

Email: [email protected]


Keynote Speaker Partner

Interested in partnering with ALIA on this event? Contact us at [email protected].

Saturday, 29 July 2023
10:00 am to 5:00 pm AEDT
$120 MBR / $180 NON-MBR
7.50 CPD Hours