About Über Libearian
Why Über? Seems a bit conceited, doesn’t it? To call yourself über? Meaning, colloquially in English, that you are superior to others? But how, you ask yourself, can someome pupporting to be superior possibly use so many question marks? Or, further, clearly misspell Librarian? Wow, that’s a scary picture on Wikipedia!
The answer is that if you don’t get the joke you probably won’t enjoy this blog. It is my first attempt at a semi-professional blog, having sporadically blogged personally about life stuff including travelling, dating, and losing weight elsewhere on teh interwebs. I’ve also penned the occassional missive over at Libraries Interact and New Grad News Online.
This blog is not meant to serve as a be-all guide to librarianship, nor a professional pulpit from which I declare my intention to become Leader of the Library World, not even a super-funny view of LibraryLand. At any one time it may be any one of those things, all of them, or none. It’s more likely be my personal professional musings and summaries of events attended, professional issues, librarianship in general. It is also not respresentative of the views of my workplace or any other association I am affiliated with. Hopefully it will be representative of my views at the time that I write them, but as I am always learning, sometimes these views may change in the future. Basically: take it as a blog, not as gospel. And if you want to hire me, I suggest you read my resume, meet me, and we go from there. If you don’t like people who interact and learn via the online medium, then I’m probably not your girl anyways.
Now, why Libearian?
During my studies to become a librarian I became aware that some people just don’t pronounce the profession’s name correctly. Sometimes, they actually are librarians, which makes the whole deal that much scarier. However, after 17 years of correcting the mispronunciation of my name I quickly got over that when I lived in Canada, as North Americans really seem to like inserting an I in the place of the A in Naomi, so instead of letting the mispronunciation of my profession get to me, I’ve decided to embrace it. My favourite mixup of the pronunciation of libearies (or liberries if you prefer) and the kind that grow to be eaten (strawbrairies) is from an episode of Scrubs. Check it out below.
[It should jump straight to 1 minute, relevant quotes at 1.13 to 1.59]
I am an Information Literacy Librarian at Griffith University in Brisbane. I began my career in libraries in 2004 as a Reference Librarian at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), while completing my studies in Library and Information Science at the same institution. I completed my studies at the end of 2005 and moved to London in 2006, where I worked in various information contexts including law and public libraries before finding a new and challenging role as a Researcher at Deutsche Bank’s Business Information Services. On returning to Australia in late 2007 I continued my foray into the corporate world as a Senior Researcher at Ernst & Young in Melbourne. After two plus years in the corporate world I realised my real love lay in public service and I returned to traditional library work in 2009 with temporary roles in a university college library and a government library before finding my bliss as a Senior Library Services and Programs Officer at Brimbank Libraries. This great job was cut too short by my longing for all things “home”, and after four years away I returned to Brisbane in 2010. I also returned to university libraries, which I have a real love for, and worked for a brief but intense and wonderful period at the University of Queensland, my alma mater, as a Liaison Librarian before finding permanent work at Griffith University.
As a “new graduate”, I am blessed to have experienced so many work environments within the library and information science sector. I believe this has given me a broad understanding of the profession, and I have become quite a “generalist”. However now that I have been graduated for five years and working in the sector for almost seven, I am beginning to shed my “new grad” training wheels. I am ready to focus more on those areas which interest me more specifically, and to that end I am excited to be working in an information literacy role, with the capacity to play with emerging technologies and harness new media to engage users. I am also seeking out opportunities to research and investigate areas of professional interest, and am considering pursuing further study in the near future. At the moment I cannot decide which of about three degrees to pursue, so watch this space.
A member since 2004, I have been an Associate (professional) member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and engaged in the Professional Development sheme (AALIA CP) since 2006. I began coordinating the monthly new graduate’s column Energise > Enthuse > Inspire in inCite in late 2006, and have just resigned that position to end in December 2010, to allow another new graduate to grow into the role, and to focus on research projects. On my return to Australia I nominated for the New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) and became a member in 2008. I served as Chair of NGAC from the beginning of 2009 until October 2010, when I stepped down to focus on an ALIA-related research project. I was successful in obtaining the ALIA Study Grant Award to investigate conference mentoring (used by the American Library Association’s New Members Round Table) at large ALIA conferences. A trial of this concept will be run at the 2011 ALIA Information Online Conference & Exhibition.
For details of my publications, please see Publications.
This blog contains the personal opinions of the author, which do not necessarily reflect those of her employer or any other organisation with which she is associated.