Hi everybody, This is a hard post to write. It seems I am not alone when I say I find it hard to write about myself. But I shall give it a go.
My name is Kate and I am an academic librarian working in Melbourne, Australia. I graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Information Science from Edith Cowan University in 2007 and did the Graduate Program at the State Library of Western Australia before switching to academic libraries. Until 2010 I lived in Perth, Western Australia where I was born.
My background is in Retail and Information Management. I have a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Information Systems. I also studied Fashion Buying and Design in London, so have come a long way to finding my niche in libraries. But it all helps. My retail skills help me deal with clients and stakeholders, and my Fashion buying class taught me how to predict trends and the power of conversation. I also spent a year in Japan, and while I can no longer speak Japanese, it has made me more sensitive when helping people who have English as a second language, as I remember how hard it was to communicate there.
I consider myself a twitterholic, instagram addict and permanently attached to my computer, iPhone or iPad. I am also an avid reader, home cook, knitter and crafter, and have been told by my friend to write how I knitted her a crab hat. I am also addicted to CSI/NCIS style tv shows.
So how did I get involved with this program. The short answer: Twitter. I am currently the chair of the New Generation Advisory Committee, which is an ALIA advisory committee, and saw a tweet from Abigail how she was planning to run this in NZ through the New Professionals Network. One of our (NGAC’s) current goals is to promote international collaboration as well as professional development so here was this perfect idea. I tweeted her back with the idea of a collaboration and the rest, as they say is history.
I do not consider myself an expert in these things at all. I am doing this course myself to further my skills, and knowledge, even about the ‘Things’ in the program I feel I am an ‘expert’ at. I have learnt so much already just from setting the course up. For myself I am hoping to dedicate one evening a week to learning about each thing. I then will probably play with it a bit more and hopefully even write the odd blog post or two about it on my blog.
I love being a librarian and the community, I feel, is an especially close one. In organising this program with Abigail I am realising just how friendly and helpful it is. If you are not part of your local ALIA or LIANZA group, please contact them and get involved. It is a great way to meet people, find contacts and learn new things. Also join Twitter. Twitter has made me feel part of that community, especially when I moved interstate, so I would encourage everyone to try it. This program would not be going ahead without twitter and the support from everyone on the platform so, thank you.
Lastly, if you want to know anything else about me, or ask me any questions I am always on twitter or leave a comment below.