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A YEAR IN… (a draft post from 2015)

I’ve wanted to share my journey as a librarian working in a public library over the past year. It is the first time I have worked in a public library and the journey has been remarkable. However, I have struggled to find a place to begin and this attempt is an example of the struggle…

Today, whilst participating in a professional development activity, we were asked to introduce ourselves, mention how long we have worked in the organisation and a value that represents who we are.

I mentioned that I am the Multicultural and Diversity librarian, that I have worked in the library for just over a year and that equity and fairness are the values that I am connected with.

The facilitator asked me if I like what I do and this gave me a moment of reflection and affirmation.

‘Yes, I do love what I do’ I responded.

‘why?’ she asked.

‘Whilst studying I imagined a role that would encapsulate my social justice passion with an ability to transfer my community arts background into a library setting. At the time such roles had not been advertised or existed and I believed it was possible. This role has allowed that to happen and I’m pleased I could bring this focus to my role’

…So a year in and I’m still hoping to summarise and encapsulate my learning in this role. For now this is what I’m sharing as I continue to reflect.

In the meantime, lets enjoy this vintage vocational education clip…


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Mr Paganini

Apart from Paganini being one of my favourite composers and virtuosos, I love Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of Mr Paganini. Tonight, I am celebrating as I have submitted my final assignment for the subject Teacher Librarianship. I am celebrating with a tap dance and listening to Ella Fizgerald!


By the way  May 25th is International Tap Dancing Day!

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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in 126 ~ The self, 780 ~ Music


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Experimenting to locate literacy

Eight years ago, while completing my DipEd, another student and I negotiated an alternative task for assessment for one of our English Method tasks. We were looking at literacy and the changing nature of this as a concept. We chose an experimental video as our task as we wanted to experiment with what enables meaning and what disables or jars meaning in our presentation. I’m the one behind the camera! This video was part of the IFTE conference that took place in Melbourne 2003.

It doesn’t surprise me, so many years later, concepts of literacy are still being debated. this is the current focus in my librarianship course.  More specifically our focus is information literacy.

Concepts pertaining to literacy include, information literacy, digital literacy, multiliteracy, transliteracy, critical literacy, media literacy and so forth.

I am going to end this post with a few quotes I have found that relate to literacy in education.

Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.
~ Kofi Annan

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
— Alec Bourne

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn
Peter F. Drucker

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
~ Kofi Annan

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death
Albert Einstein

Only the educated are free.
— Epictetus

Just food for thought before I embark on the exploration of Information Literacy in my next post.


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A couple of defining moments early in life are certainly accountable for my love of the library.

The first moment was in grade 3, while living in Marrickville and going to ‘The Warren’ branch of the Marrickville Library after school. As my parents were at work, my brother and I had no-one at home to supervise us and going to the library was my favoured option.

At the time, the library had no computers and catalogues were contained on index cards that you flicked through with your fingers. I loved the feel of flicking through these cards, reading the titles and numbers. I loved the smell, the colours of different shades of aged wood and the sound of the library. Who would have believed that silence has so much sound and resonance?

It wasn’t long that the Librarian at ‘The Warren’ branch of Marrickville Library allowed me to volunteer and be a quasi librarian. I was able to help people find information when they sought help (they mostly were other kids!) and I worked at the desk and stamped their borrowing cards with the return date after filling in the details. Wow, The library, I absolutely loved it and it was my refuge at a time when my parents were working and I had no place to go.

The second defining moment related to my time of being a library monitor in grade 5 and 6 whilst at primary school at Ferncourt Public School.

I still recall the grand staircase to the library and how I loved traipsing the steps to the top. I can vividly recall the audio-visual room, as it was known back then, on the right as you reached the top of the grand staircase. I needed to walk past this area before reaching the library that branched out to cover the rest of the building beyond the corridor.

I was fortunate enough to be a library monitor at school during grade 5 and 6 and I happily gave up my lunchtimes to be a part of this wonderful environment. Similar to my volunteering at ‘The Warren’ the importance of working in the library was never lost in my imagination.

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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in 126 ~ The self


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