Each month, an ALIA member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our Association. So, without further ado, welcome to our Member of the Month for July 2017… ten questions with ALIA Member Shannon Parsons.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself
Enthusiastic is a word that is often used to describe me! I am passionate about library staff and the amazing work they do, often through libraries, with their communities. This is not my first career so I bring a lot of knowledge across a lot of areas with me.
2) What is your current role and some of the responsibilities?
I am not currently working, looking for something amazing and satisfying to do with my time!
3) What led you to a career in LIS?
I grew up in an around libraries and then seven years ago began working for a small vendor that services school libraries in Queensland. This experience encouraged me to delve deeper into the library world and undertake my Masters.
4) What are some of the challenges faced by libraries today?
Migrating from a product based service (books) to an experience based service in a way that is not only visible, but also appreciated. That is what I’m interested in, how libraries walk the line between service and traditional return on investment.
5) Ebooks or Print?
Both! And audiobooks!
6) What words of advice would you have for newbie library and information professionals?
Take care of your mental health. It is very easy to go to work, give 150 percent every day and quickly burn out or become jaded by restrictions, remember that change comes slowly and you can lead it from any position, only as long as you take care of yourself!
7) What is most misunderstood about library and information professionals?
8) Why did you join ALIA and how long have you been a member?
I joined ALIA when I was a student, I think about 4 years maybe.
9) What is the most hilarious question you have ever been asked?
Not really the most hilarious, but the most often when I say what my masters was in (information management) to non-GLAMR people — 'So, you’re in IT then?'
10) What's your dream job?
Using all my varied skills to help my community in a creative and practical way!