I chose to follow and monitor the NLS8 Blog for 3 months to meet the professional media monitoring requirement. I monitored the blog for the period November 24, 2016 – February 26, 2017. I had already been following NLS8 on Twitter for a number of months. I was very interested in monitoring the NLS8 blog because I applied for a student bursary to NLS8 this year, and would love to attend the symposium.
NLS8 is the 8th New Librarians’ Symposium, being held on June 23-25, 2017, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The New Librarians’ Symposium is a 3-day event held every 2 years, hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). ALIA is the national professional association for the library and information services sector. The New Librarians’ Symposium is a popular professional development event, and encourages attendance by new graduates, in this way encouraging information exchange and networking.
NLS8 has a suite of online and social media channels it uses to connect with the LIS community: a Twitter handle and hash tag (#nls8), website, blog, prominent link from the ALIA website, and interested parties can sign up for NLS8 email updates. During the 3 month period that I monitored the NLS8 blog, 9 new blog posts were uploaded.
A series of 4 blog posts during November and December introduced the key note speakers for NLS8, providing brief bios, and relevant links to their work.
Blogs in February included:
- NLS8 accommodation, which provided information on local accommodation, including name, address, cost, and most importantly – travel time to the symposium venue (National Library of Australia).
- A guest blog about library podcasts by Kylie Burgess
- Avenues uncovered by volunteering
- A guest post by Ellen O’Herir listing The dos and don’ts for becoming an excellent networker, which provided a very useful how-to guide to start networking.
Most posts were written by NLS8 committee members, however, guest posts were also written by LIS professionals such as Ellen O’Herir, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group National Co-convenor, and Kylie Burgess, MIS(LIP) Student at QUT and blogger for ALIA Students and New Graduates Group.
The key themes of the blog posts were around supporting and encouraging students and new graduates to come to NLS8 to volunteer and network. NLS8 blog, in association with its sister social media channels, could assist my early professional development in the following ways:
- It keeps me informed about the New Librarians’ Symposium, a professional development event aimed at students and new graduates.
- As a student, the content is extremely relevant to me. Networking and volunteering are great avenues for students to meet other students and professionals in the area, so tips and information about why and how to network and volunteer is valuable.
- Other blog posts also provide great information and links to other information that is relevant for students and new graduates, e.g. library podcast links.
The exercise of following/monitoring a LIS social media channel allowed me to see how effective a method this can be to assist in maintaining awareness of current happenings, trends, events, research articles, etc, in LIS areas.