Stumbled Into Librarianship, Or Was It Innate?

By Graeme Oke, As well as libraries, I can talk for hours about bikes and biking. Faculty Librarian and Acting Team Leader (Science, Technology and Engineering) La Trobe University. Melbourne (Bundoora), Australia. As a child I was introduced to public libraries and borrowing.  Whilst in primary school I set about setting up a newspaper clipping of car…

Better Late Than Never

By Lisa Pritchard, Lifelong learning librarian. Much to my mother’s despair I always had my nose in a book.  I’d walk to and from school reading; hide a book under my desk when I was supposed to be listening to the teacher….  If I couldn’t get my hands on a book or it was taken off me…

It Was Written…

By Lynda Brocklehurst, a hopefully anonymous mother. Some children seem predestined for their career path, others are not so lucky. My daughter was a voracious reader from an early age, but more than that, a collector and organiser of, not surprisingly, books. We recently had occasion to sort some old boxes of her books which included numerous…

Home For An Elephant’s Child

By Chris Roberts, working in public libraries since I left school at 16, with the exception of just over 1 year at NL, Palmerston North, I’ve gradually worked my way up the North Island from Porirua to Orewa. I may yet get further north. I was reading reasonably fluently from the age of three and my…

You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

By Di Stodart,  typical tomboy turns teens librarian. My library life started in 1981 at Whangarei Public when on returning from overseas there were no teaching positions. I tried all sorts of jobs like selling water beds (they were HOT in the 8Os!) and insurance. I was saved by the children’s and teens advertisement in the local…

I Always Wanted To Be A Librarian!

By Eleanor Bensemann, I am the branch librarian at Picton Library. I began working in libraries as a teenager-many years ago! As a child our local library was the Patea Library in South Taranaki. It was a special treat to be taken there and it happened often. Books were my overwhelming passion and when I was five…

Once Around The World To Discover What My Dream Job Is

By Sabine Weber-Beard, love a challenge and reading books in all formats. I always was around books. Mum was a teacher and books and reading was part of growing up. When I was 11 I changed schools and moved up to the Gymnasium. I grew up in Germany. This WerkGymnasium was a new model and…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! There Is Fun To Be Done!

By Ngai Deckard, IT Librarian/ Website Administrator/IT Support Central Hawke’s Bay District Council & Libraries. I grew up in a house of books. My Dad worked at School Pubs, was a poet and was often published in Listener and Landfall. The story goes that my Mum was once caught reading a book oblivious to my eldest…

From Zero To Library Hero

By Emma, Liaison Librarian at AUT. All my life I struggled to concentrate in school and was subsequently sent home year after year with failing school reports saying, “Should try harder.”  I hated most of my high-school years, uninspired and forced to feel stupid. I thought the school library was an unwelcoming, gloomy place where only…

A Late Starter

By Penny Guy. Penny works 2 days a week in the Children’s and Teen’s team and one day a week on the Reference Desk at Tauranga Library. I was a bookworm as a child and my bookcase was always neatly arranged alphabetically by author surname but I never considered becoming a librarian. I did very well at…

Getting To Librarianship The Long Way Round

By Cath Sheard, I’ve finally found my passion. I left school at the end of the 6th form and, being in very rural NZ with few opportunities, took the first job I was offered – in tearooms, then as a caregiver at the IHC. I loved working for the IHC but was bored, and headed to…

Library Lover

By Julia de Ruiter, lover of books, libraries, music and working with children. My library story is just beginning. I finished high school in 2009 with the intention of working for a year, then studying to become an occupational therapist. I’ve always loved libraries (visiting nearly every day!) but never, ever thought of them as a…