Taking The Long Road To Becoming A Librarian

By Angus – I like reading. I never thought I’d be a librarian as a child – I had other ideas like becoming a vet or a journalist.  However I was the head librarian at school and always enjoyed reading and going to the library.  My mother has worked in a public library for many…

From Computers To Books Or There And Back Again

By Bookman – I’ve been everywhere man. After going to University and completing a degree in computer programming I worked for a year customizing windows 3.11 for workgroups. Bored at doing this locked away in a room by myself I then got a job as library assistant at Hastings Public Library. I have never looked…

Smiling At The Issues Desk

By Thea Prenzler,  from Dental Hygienist to Library Technician in two easy steps. Hello, did you know that Dentists used to have the highest suicide rate in the world. My theory was, that was because they generally ripped off their customers and treated their staff appallingly! So after twenty years, enough was enough and I went…

I Wanted To Set Up A Library In Africa

By Elsemieke Wishart, I loved reading to my children when they were young and I want to pass on that love of reading to other children, even children in Africa. I’m from Canada and this is how I became a librarian. I always thought it would be fun to work in a library and when…

Destined To Be A Librarian

By Sarah Gallagher, CHC – DUD – DUB – LON – CHC – AKL – TRG – DUD. These are the cities I’ve worked in as an information professional. I think I was always meant to be a librarian; I read voraciously as a child and always collected bits of ephemera where ever I went. I have…

Dreams Do Come True

By Ursula Loots, I had to wait 23 years and transplant from South Africa for my dream to come true. As a little girl the library was my play place as my mother was the librarian of the public library in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. She moved on and became the librarian at one the world’s top 20…

20 Year Journey

By Michelle Sutherland, Information hunter / gatherer? Twenty years ago I decided I wanted to be a librarian; I loved collecting and collating information, researching, and helping people find information.  I secured a week’s work experience during the school holidays at the local regional public library, which led to paid after-school and weekend work as a library…

Mothers Know Best

By Heather Taylor, Passionate about Public Libraries! When I was 17 I finished my 7th form year at school, I was disillusioned with school and desperately looking for my dream job.  I was going to work in a Lab – I’d studied science all the way through school with this end in mind.  Applied for jobs left,…

Around The World And Back To The Library!

By Lis Marrow, a meandering librarian. My very first job was putting the books away at Epsom Library in Auckland.  I was about 12 and I progressed from 50c an hour to the princely sum of $1.50 in just a couple of years of afternoons after school…..I have always loved books.  I remember my mother reading…

From Screwdrivers To Scanners

By Jenny Gow,  a fifty something public librarian in Whangarei who finds time to go to work between horse rides. As a teenager in the seventies I knew I didn’t want to follow the usual career paths of women. Not for me nursing, teaching or office work. I had to do something different. That’s how…

My Pathway To School Librarianship

By Trish Webster, I work as the library manager of the largest school in the country, a challenging and stimulating job that I love. My pathway was made up of a combination of serendipitous happenings (right time / right place), and lots of hard work and study.  I began by volunteering in my local primary school library…