Congratulations to Janette Telford, who, at the recent ALIA Library Technicians Conference was awarded the ALIA Library Technician Research Award. This award is sponsored by the School of Information Studies, and provides Janette with an opportunity to undertake a particular project of relevance to the role of library technicians in the broad library and information profession.
Janette's project is to see if there is a career path for Library Technicians or must they upgrade their qualifications to Librarian or Teacher Librarian to progress in the profession. It is important to obtain an overview of the current state of the library and information management sector in relation to both Library Technicians and Librarians. Also the project will include comparing Library Technicians who have upgraded their qualifications to other degrees and those Library Technicians who have not.
Janette is the loans coordinator at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus. She has been involved with ALIA for more than 15 years, is an ALIA Associate Fellow, and has presented papers at numerous Library Technician Conferences, including Rivers of Opportunities and other workshops run by the ALIA Library Technician NSW Group.
For two years (1989-1990) Janette was a volunteer at the Atenisi University in Tonga. During that time she catalogued the university's library material, conducted library education classes in both the university and high school, helped to organise library week for the island of Tongatapu (including a performance before the King of Tonga's grandchildren!) Since then she has been involved in numerous activities including in 2000 supervising customer service staff during the Olympics and working in the Olympic Village in the library during the Paralympics.
Clearly Janette's project is of great interest to the SIS, and we hope she will keep us up to date with her progress.
Asim Qayyum/Ying-Hsang - Oz-IA in Sydney, Oct 2009.
Asim Qayyum/Roy Sanders/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge at Lib Tech in Adelaide, Sep 2009.
Mary Anne Kennan & Bob Pymm - IIM Conference, Canberra, Oct 2009.
Anne Lloyd - M'tesplats infar framtiden, Sweden, Oct 2009.
Bob Pymm -
Television archiving - managing the move from analogue to digital' LIDA (Libraries in the Digital Age) Conference, Zadar, Croatia 25-30 May 2009 'Realistic expectations? The distance learning experience of undergraduate Library and Information Studies students over their first year of study' ALIA Library and Information Technicians' Conference, Adelaide, September 2009 A virtual archive: The September 11 Digital Archive at George Mason University, Virginia, USA.' Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Brisbane, October 16 2009 (paper not yet available)
Philip Hider/Bob Pymm/Damian Lodge - 'Empowering users: what we can do to facilitate creation, discovery, sue and transformation of our collections?' Hobart, Nov 5 2009.
Roy Crotty - ASLA National Conference,Perth &RIVPAT TL conference, Leeton, Nov 2009.