Professional networking on steroids — or more accurately on jelly snakes — is a not too inaccurate description of the happily successful #ConnectMore event, that went down last Friday 25th of November 2016. The newly refurbished Kathleen Syme Library in Carlton played host to a speed-networking night, aimed at students, new graduates and new professionals under the Information Management umbrella, with guest experts from across the entire galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) spectrum offering their time and expertise all under the one roof!
Participants were simply buzzing with energy!
The brainchild of Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Students and New Graduates Group, Australian Society of Archivists’ (ASA) GLAMR New Professionals Group, and our very own newly created RIMPA Noobs, the collaborative effort saw all three associations’ young bloods come together to pull off a cracker of an evening.
Formulated in the style of a speed-dating round robin, each attendee had the opportunity to meet industry experts, ask their burning career-oriented questions, and be inspired in ways they hadn’t imagined. I am pleased to report that many an information management graduate returned home afterwards with a clearer — and far more excited — understanding of what a career in records management might entail!
Connect More Participants
All in all, the feedback has been incredibly positive, and as an organiser, and attendee, I hope this to be the beginning of a collaborative tradition between sectors.