The Switch - How to Successfully Cross-Over Library Sectors

 

Are you stuck in a rut within your own library sector and looking for a change? Do you want a career in a particular library sector but do not know how to get there? Public, Academic, School, Law, or Special library sectors – there are many to choose from but how do you get into one; and is there any truth in the rumour that once you gain work in one sector, you cannot change over to another? Our speakers will share their experiences and provide some great advice on how to successfully cross-over library sectors.

  • Eileen Louden. ALIA Victoria State Manager talking about switch from public, to school and back to public.
  • Steven Chang. Senior Research Advisor at La Trobe University talking about switch from specials/health to academic
  • Melissa Spain. Library Senior Learning Advisor at La Trobe University talking about switch from specials/Law to academic
  • Sue Osborne. Head of Library Services at Haileybury Brighton, from public to school libraries

Are you stuck in a rut within your own library sector and looking for a change? Do you want a career in a particular library sector but do not know how to get there? Public, Academic, School, Law, or Special library sectors – there are many to choose from but how do you get into one; and is there any truth in the rumour that once you gain work in one sector, you cannot change over to another? Our speakers will share their experiences and provide some great advice on how to successfully cross-over library sectors.

  • Eileen Louden. ALIA Victoria State Manager talking about switch from public, to school and back to public.
  • Steven Chang. Senior Research Advisor at La Trobe University talking about switch from specials/health to academic
  • Melissa Spain. Library Senior Learning Advisor at La Trobe University talking about switch from specials/Law to academic

Sue Osborne. Head of Library Services at Haileybury Brighton, from public to school libraries​

 

Location

RMIT University Library Megaflex Seminar Room - Building 10 Level 6 , Rooms 63 & 64, RMIT Swanston Library, 360 Swanston Street. Melbourne

Time and date
Tuesday September 12, 2017 5:30pm start for optional tour, 6.00pm start for seminar, 8.00pm finish.
PLEASE NOTE: Library Tour starts from outside of Megaflex Room at 5.30 pm

Optional tour of the new RMIT space at 5.30pm (no bookings required for tour)

Seminar starts at 6.00pm (bookings required) | Light refreshments included
Ticket price
$5.50 (GST inclusive) for ALIA members and students, $11.00 (GST inclusive) for non members PLEASE PAY AT THE DOOR - CASH ONLY

 

Meet our Speakers

Eileen Louden began her library career as a casual library assistant at Manukau Public Libraries in Auckland, N.Z., after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She found that she loved working in the industry and took on various roles while finding her niche areas. She began her Masters of Information Studies while working at Manukau. After moving to Melbourne, she continued to study and found work in school libraries, first at Berwick Secondary College as a library assistant and then at Haileybury Senior School as Senior Library Technician. After completing her Masters degree, she moved back into public libraries with the role of Youth Services Librarian at Monash Public Library Service. Eileen is currently the ALIA State Manager for Victoria.

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Steven Chang’s first librarian job began in 2014 at Western Health, where he designed training programs and research services at Footscray Hospital and Sunshine Hospital. After weighing up the pros and cons of working as part of a small-team in a special library environment, he embarked on a quest to leap across into the academic library world. Two years later in 2016, Steven joined La Trobe University Library’s Research Team as a Senior Research Advisor. He now provides advice and programs for health and science researchers in areas such as scholarly publishing, systematic review search strategies, bibliometric analysis & altmetrics, and research data management. Steven is also the editor of Health Inform, which is published by Health Libraries Inc.

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Melissa Spain has worked as a law librarian for around 30 years in Melbourne in several firms ranging from mid-tier to Top 10 Australian and international law firms. Her positions have included managing law libraries as a solo librarian in the smaller firms through working as part of a larger library team in training and research roles in the larger firms. She has recently secured an ongoing position at La Trobe Borchardt Library as Senor Learning Advisor for Law, Business Foundations, Finance, Economics and Accounting, Crime Justice and Legal Studies.

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Sue Osborne is currently Head of Library Services at Haileybury Brighton, an independent school in South East Melbourne. In her 35 year library career, Sue has worked in most library sectors, but always has ended up working with children or students. After working in public libraries for a few years, Sue left to have a family and when she returned to part-time work it was as the librarian at her children's primary school. It was there that Sue discovered her love for working with students and the education sector. After holding positions as a liaison librarian at Holmesglen TAFE, and Middle School Librarian at Bialik College, she ended up at Haileybury. Sue is passionate about the importance of libraries and qualified library professionals in schools and is active in SLAV, writing a regular column for highly regarded journal, Synergy, and is a SLAV branch convenor. She is also active in YABBA, and was a founding member of the VPRC Reference Group. Sue's hobbies include photography, blogging, and trivia quizzes and competitions.

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