Outside of my work, the following are key contributions I have, or am making, to the local library and information science community.
6th New Librarians’ Symposium
Organising committee member, Experience portfolio co-chair
May 2012 – March 2013
As an organising committee member, I co-chaired the ‘Experience’ portfolio and sub-committee, on a mission to assist delegates maximise their experience – before, during and following the event. I teamed up with a group of dedicated information professionals from all over Australia to organise and deliver this very important event for newbies to the profession. My personal aim was to explore ideas and visions for the profession through collaboration, laughter and forward, ‘big picture’ thinking.
Library Camp Queensland
January 2012 – March 2012
I was one of a bunch of information professionals committed to bringing the Library Camp unconference to Queensland. We succeeded, it turned out to be a fabulous afternoon of conversation and ideas buzzing around at The Edge, State Library Queensland. I involved myself in setting up the registrations, merchandise, preparation of the program, slides for proceedings, liaising with speakers and participants in the lead up and on the day, organise the panel discussion, being an MC and facilitating the sessions throughout the day. Being on the (un)organising committee allowed myself to take a step back from the action and simply enjoy seeing others being engaged in conversation and coming up with collaborative solutions to challenges.
ALIA New Graduates Group
Regional Co ordinator, Queensland
October 2010 – Present
Contributing to the profession, while establishing and development my professional network has been an opportunity to acquire an awareness of current issues and trends. A yearly program of social and professional development events aim to address challenges and provide opportunities for LIS students and new graduates.