Upcoming Events & Conferences (Nov & Dec)

Events & Conferences (Nov & Dec)

Mark your calendars for upcoming events in the Records Management Industry: November &December 2013

Intelligent Information: Pop-up Symposium (Sydney, 12th Nov 2013)

A breakfast & networking event for those from the Information Profession, including presentations by 3 known Industry experts. (Library Sector)

The Information Management Challenges in Government & Private Partnerships (Perth, 20th Nov 2013)

Is information just information or does it get treated differently based on ownership? When does Intellectual Property take precedence and can information be structured and managed in a way that is both responsive to obligations and pragmatic? Attend this event to get these questions answered by Tracey-Ann Morris, enterprise architect at Serco. (Public/Private Sector)

Practical sentencing in a Digital Environment (Canberra, 13th & 27th Nov 2013)

A hands-on computer based training course covering key topics such as ‘How to sentence digital information’, ‘Applying appropriate records authorities’ & ‘Sentencing & metadata’. (Records Management)

Retention & Disposal of Public Health Sector Records (Sydney, 3rd Dec 2013)

This course provides participants with information on implementing general retention and disposal, including records storage, destruction and transfer of archives. (Records Management)

Partnering the Profession’s future

The 2013 Zenith Prizes were recently awarded for the Mount Druitt College of TAFE and Sydney Institute of TAFE in areas of academic excellence and cataloging.

We are proud to announce that the Zenith Prize for Excellence  and the Zenith Prize for cataloging at the Mount Druitt College were awarded to Sarah Bate and Bethany Evans. At the Sydney Institute of TAFE, the Zenith Award for Excellence was awarded to Hossain Salahuddin.

Each of the winners receives a certificate and a cheque in recognition of their efforts and achievements. As always, it is inspiring and very humbling to speak with these nominees and hear their stories of how they overcame great personal challenges; balancing family, personal and professional commitments to obtain their Library qualifications.

The photos show our consultants Sally Dallas and Nell Hirst presenting this year’s prizes to Sarah Bate and Bethany Evans.

Zenith’s LTS Team – You’ve done it again!


When the Mona Vale Library branch needed to implement RFID encoding & insertion for its collection of 65,000 items, they approached Zenith’s Library Technical Services (LTS) team for assistance.

The LTS team, led by Project Manager – Julie Daw sprung to action, recruiting and managing a team of 4 specialized staff to undertake the project without disruption to the library’s daily operations. The LTS management team were responsible for staff induction, training, payroll tasks, quality control and also had the responsibility of ensuring that all project activities adhered to agreed policies and procedures.

To control the client budget relevant to the tasks, a fixed price option was chosen based on estimated project duration, where Zenith undertook all the risks associated with staff replacement and project time overruns.

The Results:

While the project was initially scoped for a 4-week duration, the LTS team completed it in 3 weeks and needless to say, the client was very happy with the project deliverables and service component. But don’t take our word for it, this is what the people at Mona Vale Library thought about our work:

Thank you again for assisting us with this project. It went very smoothly and we were very happy with the whole process.

Music to our ears. If you are interested in finding our more about the cataloguing and shelf ready services offered by the Zenith Library Technical Services team, please contact the General Manager – Library Technical Services, Julie Daw on 02 9413 4312.


ALIA appoints Julia Garnett as NSW Manager

Zenith would like to congratulate Julia Garnett on her recent appointment as the ALIA NSW State manager.

ALIA NSW Manager

ALIA NSW Manager

Julia comments that:

“I am excited about my new role as NSW State Manager. I really enjoy the level of engagement with ALIA members. It is fantastic to be involved with a national organisation that is so integral to the library and information profession. I would like to thank the wonderful Sally Dallas and the team at Zenith for their support of the library profession and ALIA.”

Julia comes to ALIA from her role as a Library Adviser (Education) Queensland University of Technology.  She has also completed a degree in English Literature and Masters in Library and Information Science from the Queensland University of Technology.Julia brings with her comprehensive experience in sales support, event management, content management, desktop publishing and marketing.

Julia can be contacted via email at julia.garnett@alia.org.au


Records Managers in the Public Sector – An inspiring definition

In a memorandum marking the beginning of an Executive Branch-wide effort to reform records management policies and to develop a 21st-century framework for government records management, President Obama said

“Records are the foundation of open government, supporting the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. Well-managed records can be used to assess the impact of programs, to improve business processes, and to share knowledge across the Government. Records protect the rights and interests of people, and hold officials accountable for their actions. Permanent records document our nation’s history.”

This is one definition that would leave any records manager feeling slightly inspired instead of the usual perspective, where the description is along the lines of compliance-driven paranoia that often pervades vendor messaging in the records management industry.

On the contrary, this refreshing definition places records management at the center of public sector business and acknowledging their importance in protecting rights, fighting corruption, preserving history and building trust in public sector institutions.

At Zenith, we like working with and placing inspired people in the public sector, to the extent that we’ve been made an approved supplier on the C007 Contingent Workforce Scheme. Through this scheme, we have actively filled various positions for State Government across Australia, from Executive recruitment to casuals, for roles ranging from Administration Assistant to specialist roles such as ‘Trim Trainers’ and EDRMS Specialists.

Approved Supplier for Contingent Workforce Scheme


And just in case you have not heard of us, Zenith is a specialist agency with over 20 years of experience in offering recruitment consulting, library technical services and business transition consulting services for clients across all public and corporate sectors. So if you are an inspired candidate looking for your next placement or if you need to tap into our database of over 6,000 potential candidates to fill your team, get in touch for some inspiration.

Zenith Technical Services “Schooling Up” for RDA

Looking to the future Zenith Library Technical Services staff will be attending in-house training on RDA in July. What this will mean to our technical services clients is that after July 2013 AACR2 will no longer be available as a cataloguing standard.

Consultation with our key clients has indicated that most libraries are able to accept RDA records from or before 1st July 2013 and require the new standards to be implemented soon as we are able to provide them….for more information contact Julie Daw, General Manager – Library Technical Services

Proudly Supporting the Intelligent Information Symposium

The Organising Committee is proud to present a 1.5 day event for the information profession within Australasia.
They have worked hard to bring together another great program that is thought provoking and inspirational.

The Symposium themes this year include; risk assessment, social media, intranets and information architecture and design.

The Symposium is designed to encourage interaction with speakers, vendors and each other, to share in our experiences and knowledge.

For more information click go to www.intelligentinfo.com.au


Upcoming Events & Conferences

Zenith is happy to provide this free service for Library and Records related conferences – please send details to Nell Hirst via nell@zenmgt.com.au

2013 Australian Law Library Association Conference

The 2013 ALLA Conference will be held in Sydney at the iconic Sydney Town Hall from Monday 23rd September – Wednesday 25th September 2013. The conference dinner will be held at Wildfire located in the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.

The website for the conference is currently under construction. Watch this space for details on speakers, workshops and events.

National Conference 2013 – Australian School Library Association

The ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference is being held in Hobart, Tasmania at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from 28th September to 1st October, 2013. The theme for the conference is ‘The Curriculum Experience: Connect, Integrate, Lead’.

ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Symposium

In 30 October 2013 – 1 November 2013 the ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Symposium will be held in Canberra. The theme of the Symposium, ‘waves of change’ aims to provide a program that will enrich the way libraries provide services in the technical age, generate discussion and promote new waves of thinking. This symposium will offer delegates a unique opportunity to meet with other industry professionals and address challenges provided by fast moving technologies, environmental limitations and diminishing budgets.

The Future of  Our Profession

Zenith was recently asked to contribute a short article on our thoughts for the future of our profession…

Librarians understand, and have acted on, the strong messages around the need for on-going development in the use of technology to both source and deliver resources to our clients.

We also understand that training clients on how to fully utilise technology is now one of our most important functions. We get it – we are doing it.

And so to our future – what next? ……to read our entire response please see the full text of the article in the May 2013 issue of Incite, email Nell Hirst directly on nell@zenmgt.com or click Future of Library Profession

Zenith Recruiting for ALIA NSW Manager

As part of our on-going commitment to the profession, Zenith is currently partnering with ALIA to recruit the new NSW State Manager on a pro bono basis. This is another great step in the ongoing commitment from Zenith to partner with Sue McKerracher – Executive Director of ALIA to deliver true value to both the association and sector as a whole. Zenith is delighted to be working with ALIA on this placement, look for an announcement soon about the new NSW Manager.