Launching your library career

Are you trying to get started in the library and information world? Are you a student or recent graduate wanting to make contacts, volunteer and land yourself in employment?

If you have questions, SALIN has the answers. At our upcoming interactive panel session, three professionals with vast experience in hiring library workers will share their tips for resume writing, job interviews and making yourself attractive to employers:
Belinda Van Drine – Business Development Coordinator, Adelaide City Libraries
Benjamin Wheal – Team Leader, Collections & Access, City of Tea Tree Gully Library
Mel Montgomery – Library/IT Business Manager, University of South Australia

Date: Thursday 27 October

Time: 5:45pm for a 6pm start (session will run for 90 minutes)

Place: Ira Raymond Room, University of Adelaide (directly opposite the main bridge entrance to the Barr Smith Library)

Cost: $5 (free for ALIA members)

We will be serving light refreshments to provide you with the energy to network after the discussion.

Book online now.

If you can’t make it in person, we’ll also be streaming the discussion live on Facebook.

This event is co-organised by ALIA SA and ALIA Students and New Graduates.

Please contact us here for more information:

2016 Quiz Night: Let’s Get Digital!

SALIN would like to invite you to the annual South Australian library Quiz Night, supported by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

This long-running institution returns in 2016 with the theme Let’s Get Digital, celebrating the revolution in information technology that took place in the 1980s.

Date: Friday June 17th
Time: 6:30pm for a 7pm start
Place: Goodwood Community Centre (32/34 Rosa St, Goodwood)

RSVP: Tuesday June 14th by using the form below

Entry is $15 per person, to be paid on the night. Whole tables (8 people) can be purchased in advance for $100, to be paid by funds transfer.

Come as a team with your friends and colleagues, or if you haven’t organised a table let us know when you book and we can find a place for you.

Proceeds will be donated to Can:Do 4Kids, a South Australian charity supporting children who are vision- or hearing-impaired, helping them access digital information of all kinds.

There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed table, as well as prizes for best dressed table and individual.

Coffee, soup, cakes and snacks will be available to purchase, thanks to Bean Revolution and the CWA. Or BYO food and beverages to get the party going!

Bookings are essential. To make a booking, please use this form:

Hot Topic Forum : Library as the Third Space

Please join us for this SALIN Hot Topic Forum looking at the changing nature of library spaces.

Speakers from three innovative South Australian libraries will share how they have embraced the challenges facing libraries in the digital age, and are redefining the use of library spaces.

Speakers include:
Liz Byrne – Hallett Cove Library
Anne Rundle and Katherine Shaw – Adelaide City Library
Julie Hockey – University of South Australia Library

Time: Wednesday 7th October, 5:30-7pm
Place: Ira Raymond Room, University of Adelaide Library

Gold coin donation
Refreshments provided

RSVP to Hayley Crookes ( by Tuesday 6th October


Back in May over 200 library peeps, history buffs and friends gathered to battle it out at the annual SALIN/ALIA SA quiz night. The quiz was held as part of About Time (the SA History Festival) and promised to test teams on their knowledge of the History of Everything.

Thank you to everyone who attended – you helped us to raise $2750 for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation. Special thanks to David Perrin, the CEO of the ALF, who joined us to share stories of the great work the ALF does.

Thanks also to our wonderful quiz master Melanie Oppenheimer and to all the companies who generously donated prizes:

For more photos, check out our Flickr group. We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s quiz.

SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society tour

15 people braved the cold weather to explore the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society with SALIN on Thursday 11th June.

The Society was started in 1973. It was located in several places including Kent Town, Keswick & the City before moving to its current location in Unley in June 1987.

The Society library holds over 22,000 publications and 80,000 microfiche & card indexes (Royal Adelaide Hospital, Cemetery, Dulcie Love Germanic, Catholic Baptisms and others). The material in the collection is classified geographically – within Australia and outside Australia. Items are classified further into subsets – states, shipping, convicts, Indigenous, religious, SA local history and SA family history.

Besides published material the collection also includes manuscripts such as family history folders, newspaper indexes, electoral rolls, births, deaths & marriages indexes, microfiche which include school, parish, council & asylum records and online resources such as databases and search platforms, most of which are accessible through the Genealogy SA website. The website was launched in 2012 with a members’ only section being added in 2014.

Membership to the Society costs $75 for an Australian resident. Members have access to the Society’s library without payment and may borrow material from the library for a fortnight. They also receive a copy of the quarterly journal “The South Australian Genealogist” and a discount on certain publications and seminars conducted by the Society.

The library is at 201 Unley Road, Unley.