Let’s Talk is a networking event co-organised by CSU and Melbourne Library Service for LIS students studying online. In 2014 it was held at the newly opened Library at the Dock. Let’s Talk provides online LIS students with the opportunity to come together and discuss issues relevant to LIS students and new grads. A panel of speakers facilitated the discussion, the panel included Kim Tairi (Swinburne University), Hugh Rundle (Boroondara Library Service), Troy Watson (Moonee Valley Libraries) and Katie Haden (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group).
Studying by distance education (DE) can be isolating, especially considering I do not currently work in the LIS industry. Several of the panel speakers are professionals I follow on Twitter and looked forward to meeting in real life. The panel spoke of personal experiences studying by DE and how developing a support network is very important. Important skills for graduates were also highlighted including copyright, privacy, open access, persuasive writing/speaking, technical skills such as coding and project management. I relished the opportunity to meet other students and professionals in the industry and begin to build a professional network.
Reflecting on these notes two years later I can see how far I’ve come implementing the advice from this session. I now have a strong personal learning network via Twitter and a strong study group, additionally I have successfully completed project management and research data management BIS subjects and completed a one day seminar on copyright for libraries.