Next stop was TASTafe where we met first with CEO, Grant Dreher. TAS Tafe has entered a new phase – from 1 July it transitioned out of the Tasmanian State Service and became a not for profit government business. It is early days but there has already been cooperation with Libraries Tasmania to identify how Tasmania’s regional libraries can offer access to the new TasTAFE Virtual Campus.
The next day we met with TasTAFE Librarian Hannah Vander Helm who gave us a great overview of the services provided by the library and the ways they anticipated students’ needs at different stages of the semester and adjusted the support provided by the library. Hannah also told us about the great hospitality courses at the Hobart Drysdale Campus and how she tried to visit that library as often as she could – especially towards the end of the semester when the results of the bakery students’ efforts were hard to resist!
Sue McKerracher, Executive Director Libraries Tasmania kindly arranged a series of meetings for us with her executive team Anita Planchon, Robyn Murfet, Ross Latham and Natalie Brown and staff from the State Library, Collections, Archives, the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and Hobart Public Library. Sue also provided a wonderful introduction to the Leadership and Innovation Roundtable with some thoughts on the library profession - its foundations and its future.
Caroline Homer, Manager State Library and Archive Service took us on a tour which included the amazing collection of convict records and a hive of activity with staff working in audio visual digitisation, conservation and archives. It was inspiring to see the care and passion shown by these professionals at work.