As ALIA celebrates its 80th birthday this year, we thought it would be wonderful to ask our Members how they have been inspired throughout their careers. We created this blog so you could pay tribute to the people, the places, and the things which have motivated and encouraged you in your library and information science profession. Your Association provides lots of opportunities to meet, network, work on projects, join committees and attend events - perhaps you have a story about ALIA?
Share your story about people - such as a special mentor, a leader, a volunteer, library user or colleague; places - the first library where you worked, your first overseas posting, the library where you spent most of your career, a lab in the library, a town or a city; or things - the technology which has transformed our workplaces, the help desk, the databases, the skills such as digitisation and data visualisation.
Write your Tribute post and we'll share with the library world via social media using #ALIA80 #Tribute #ALIA
Feel free to comment on the heartfelt tributes from ALIA Members - there are some wonderful stories especially about the librarians who have inspired the next generation of information professionals.
I had been working in a library assistant at Hornsby Library for two years, when I was transferred to the Epping branch. Barbara was the branch librarian.
As soon as I started working there, she encouraged me, trained me, and gave me advice. Barbara gave me jobs to do - and let me use my initiative. She let me try out ideas for the collection and service. She didnt mind when I put up a sign "Andrew's Book of the day" with the zaniest kids picture books I could find. But most importantly for me, Barbara demonstrated an active, focussed customer service style, which I liked.
What a privilege it has been to belong to our professional association, ALIA, for 50 years and to have this membership recognised at a ceremony recently.
When I first joined in 1967, the organisation was called the Library Association of Australia, a title it had assumed in 1949, having been the Australian Institution of Librarians since its inception in 1937. In 1989, the new name of the Australian Library and Information Association was adopted tin recognition of the broadening scope of the profession.
I didn't know when I embarked on my library journey in the mid-90's that I would end up falling in love with an iconic building.
I'm your typical Library Nerd. I have loved everything about libraries since I was a little girl.
However, I found true love when I was about 13 years old. It was 1978, the year I started High School. I'd never attended a school that had it's own library before. Imagine, a room, full to the brim of wonderful adventures, amazing tales and so much learning to be had.
My first boss in public libraries was Carol McKee (Meisel) from Fairfield City Library and she took this nervous person, who turned bright red at her first storytelling event, into a confident librarian. Carol invited me to my first ALIA Childrens and Youth Services meeting in 1987 and it was here I learnt about the importance of social networks and professional networks.