Sitting here at Thomastown Library. I ponder the fact that I am currently sailing (very slowly) around Australia. i have working in the publlic library system for over 20 years.
Prior to setting sail I was the City Librarian at Mandurah Library and Information Services one hour south of Perth. The Library was a single branch with 22 staff (mainly part-time) and was open 58 hours per week.
I travelled one hour to work and one hour home. Travel is something I am not afraid of.
Leaving Fremantle Western Australia in November 2004 I had resigned myself to the fact that I would never be able to use my profession and work in a public library again. I thought that I would never work in a publlic library due to the fact that I was transient, not staying long in anyone place and that libraries were only interested in longterm employees.
How wrong was I!
I have been lucky in being able to find library positions in each place I have moored over winter. After sailing across the Great Australian Bight I landed two jobs in Adelaide, one as a Library Technician at Port Adelaide Enfield and the other as a Marketing and Promotions Officer at Salisbury Library, Adelaide, South Australia.
Currently I am close to finishing my term as a Branch Librarian at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service at Thomastown Library, Melbourne, Victoria.
How I got my current position. I had just finished circumnavigating Tasmania and was sitting out bad weather at the Three Hummock Island Group just off the top West Coast of Tasmania, taking the opportunity to email Christine MacKenzie CEO YPRL enquiring if there were any positions available for myself. Gayle Rowden, Manager Operations replied offering the temporary position at Thomastown Library. Three weeks later I sailed into Port Phillip Bay and began work soon after that.
I have met fabulous people in all libraries and it has been difficult to head off into the big wide world again but my itchy feet keep driving me on. I have enjoyed working in different libraries and am learning heaps as I travel around.
We have to work every 1-2 years to boost our crusing kitty. It also offers us a change in lifestyle every so often and to get to meet some great people.
I am taking up the opportunity given to all staff at Yarra Plenty regional Library Service to update my skills as I currently have a Blog and will put a hyper link to it for your interest when I complete this short Library 2.0 course.