VALA Events 2022: Leaning In with library students and new grads

You’re almost there: you’ve almost got your qualification! But now what? Our panel leads discussion about the pathways they took to starting out in their career in librarianship and how they landed their first job.

This 1-hour Leaning In event will be run as a Zoom Meeting and will be a conversational, inclusive and personal discussion in a Chatham House rules environment. This event will not be recorded.

Topic: Leaning In with library students and new grads

For this edition of Leaning In, our panel will lead discussion to share their experiences as Information Management students and new graduates to discuss how we got our crucial, first job in a new industry.

  • Why did we choose information management as a new career?
  • How did we land our first job?
  • What surprised us about our new position? What on-the-job learning was required?

We’re joined by Keren Moskal (she/her), Phizz Telford (they/them) and Michelle McLean (she/her).

This session is a great opportunity to engage with your peers and to ask questions about the myriad different pathways to a career in librarianship.

Core Content: Transition to the workforce as a new Information Management graduate.

The Future: The skills and knowledge required to work in Information Management never stop changing.

Who should attend? Anyone currently studying information management or related disciplines; recent graduates.


Keren Moskal (she/her) – Clinical Librarian at Monash Health Library

Keren is a clinical librarian at Monash Health committed to delivering high quality health information to support patient care, research and education. She is focused on delivering user centred training and education programs in evidence-based practice, information and digital literacy and has become slightly addicted to advanced literature searches for medical research. Keren considers herself an emerging professional who is still exploring and gaining knowledge and skills. She is dedicated to her new ‘GLAMR’ career and actively seeks out learning opportunities and ways to engage beyond her day-to-day clinical librarian role, particularly in the areas of education, research data management, library systems and metadata.

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Phizz Telford (they/them) – Senior Library Technician, Collection and Engagement at State Library Victoria

Phizz completed a Master of Business Information Management at RMIT in 2021, then came to State Library Victoria as part of the two-year graduate program. They quickly realised they had a home in SLV and, with managements’ blessings, set their sights on a permanent role. In July, they jumped ship and joined Collection Curation and Engagement, becoming the team’s senior library technician. Endlessly curious, Phizz has a strong passion for the library’s heritage collections and is a strong advocate for their access.

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Michelle McLean (she/her) – Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries

Michelle is involved in a number of library professional development organisations. She is a VALA Committee member, has presented at numerous conferences, including VALA since 2008 and has a passion for libraries, technology and professional development. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).

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Amy Miniter (she/her) – Computer Science Student

Amy is a Librarian at the pointy end of a Computer Science degree at RMIT University. She graduated with a Masters of Information Management in 2020 and in a previous life she worked in administration and customer service. Amy is interested in the technology that we use to manage information and is working towards a career that combines Librarianship and Software Development.

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Online Zoom Meeting

FREE to attend for VALA Student members and $22.00 for non-members.

VALA Student membership is FREE to all full-time and part-time library students enrolled in ALIA accredited courses listed on the ALIA Website, and for students currently studying for LIS qualifications that fulfil the eligibility requirements for LIANZA professional registration (see HERE for details). If you are eligible, please apply for student membership and if approved, you may register to attend this event for FREE.

Registration is essential and will be confirmed via email. Registrations must be paid in full prior to the event. VALA reserves the right to cancel outstanding registrations at any time.


Those seeking to cancel a registration are encouraged to contact the VALA Secretariat asap – registration numbers are limited for this event, and we appreciate prior advice if you are unable to attend. Please Email: or Tel: 03 9844 2933.

No refunds will be issued unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled.


Wednesday 26 October, 12.00 midday -1.00pm AEDT.