Andrea McMahon

Andrea McMahon completed a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship at the University of Tasmania in 1986 and worked in a variety of roles in Tasmanian libraries, including Senior Cataloguer, before moving into the emerging field of library adult literacy. She is currently the Senior Literacy Coordinator with Libraries Tasmania where she has responsibility for the professional learning of Tasmania's network of adult literacy coordinators and volunteer tutors. To develop her literacy knowledge and skills, Andrea completed a Graduate Certificate in Education at UTAS in 2016 along with selected vocational training, including the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Tutor Skill Set. Andrea has a specific interest in promoting evidence based reading methodologies that are informed by the science of reading and reflect how our brain functions when we learn to read. Andrea has presented on adult literacy topics at national and state events and recently delivered an Adult Learning Australia webinar 'Orthographic mapping and its role in reading fluency'. Andrea is the convenor of ALIA's Adult Literacy Group and a member of ALIA Island. in 2022 Andrea will undertake her Master of Librarianship at CSU where she hopes she will be able to highlight the role of public libraries in offering adult literacy learning opportunities.