I am the Library Services Manager at Shoalhaven Libraries. I first got into libraries when I started work as the Mobile Library Assistant about ten years ago and I have been Library Services Manager for over three years now.
I live in Gerringong, which is a small village on the South Coast, with my husband and two dogs. I love travelling, running, reading, cooking and usually fill my time with some combination of these as much as possible!
So far I have loved all aspects of INELI Oceania and am looking forward to the rest of the program."
Manager, Community Engagement at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, a position held since 2006. My experience of 11 years has been the longest position I have held since my career commenced in public Libraries over 15 years ago. I have stayed at YPRL because of an amazing manager, the innovation and project work as well as the opportunities that have been offered to me and others.
Previous positions include Customer Service and Branch Manager at Darebin Libraries and The Age Branch Manager at Hume Global Learning Centre. The focus of my roles in these different library services has been Customer Service, Life Long Learning, Community Development and Partnerships. In 2008 I undertook a job exchange to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. In 2009 I played a key role in and worked extensively as Project Coordinator - Disaster Recovery for the Black Saturday Bushfire recovery project.
I travel over an hour each day to and from work. My home is in Frankston South, Victoria Australia; by the beach and I find a walk to the beach is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy life. Outside of work I share my time between my husband and 5 year old son, our boxer dog Lilie, gardening, interior design and healthy living.
New Zealand/Aotearoa (Auckland)
I have been living in Auckland, NZ, since 2005. I was born in Czestochowa, Poland; after finishing my two degrees I wanted to spend a year in New Zealand learning English… and NZ become my home. I live with my partner in picturesque Torbay, North Shore and have been working in Auckland Libraries since June 2009 in various roles and locations. Currently I work in Central City Library in Auckland, leading a team with community outreach focus; and work alongside five other team leaders and over 40 staff members.
Road trips, tramping and camping are my favourite pastimes activities – I switch off and immerse myself in nature. Recently dragon boating become one of my fitness activities – love the team work! Otherwise I can be seen dancing at Sh’bam on Thursday night at the gym.
I feel very privileged to take part in INELI and look forward to the next two years of learning and sharing the leadership journey.
I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Australia with my husband in 2008. After working in a public library in South Africa for 10 years, I travelled for two years in the US where I met my husband, also a South African. After moving to Australia, I started working at City of Swan Libraries in 2010 where I am currently the Assistant Library Manager at Bullsbrook Community Library. I completed my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies through Charles Sturt University in 2014.
I enjoy the different aspects of my work and am excited about the changing environment in libraries – here at Bullsbrook, our big excitement is the construction of a new library due to open in April 2017, after some years in a joint school-public library facility. I attended the IFLA World Library and Information Conference in Singapore in 2013 and presented a poster and presentation at the same conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015.
My electrician husband and I live on a small farm about 45 minutes from Perth, farming sheep in our spare time. English is my second language, my first language is Afrikaans. I enjoy reading, craft, spending time outdoors, photography and travelling the world.
I feel very privileged to be part of INELI Oceania Cohort 2 and excited to share information and ideas with so many great library innovators and leaders around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. I believe that this two year program will take us on a great journey of learning, exploring, building connections and professional development.