How long have you worked at UOW?
Since June 2007.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am the Digital Literacies Coordinator at the UOW Library – it’s a role that is always evolving! This year will be all about collaborating across UOW to support students and staff in understanding what digital literacies are, who to talk to about developing those literacies and taking them to the next level, and co-ordinating the development of resources to support all of that.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Digital literacies on the surface can seem to be a bit of a dry topic, but what it’s really about is developing all the skills and understanding that you need to thrive in an increasingly digital world. It’s bigger than knowing how to use a piece of hardware or software, or how to Google well and avoid fake news (although those things are part of it) – being a digitally literate or digitally fluent person is about being an empowered and autonomous digital citizen. The online world offers us so much, but it’s developed so rapidly that many people are just skimming along without consciously developing the skills to be effective in that world. What’s rewarding to me is that I get to be part of people becoming more empowered and proactive in online and digital spaces, and knowing that has a real effect on people’s lives.
What’s the most challenging?
Getting people to understand that digital literacies doesn’t just mean knowing how to use a computer – well that and working indoors on gorgeous sunny days!
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
It would have to be winning a Vice Chancellor’s OCTAL award last year as part of the Academic Integrity Program team – it’s an amazing recognition of everyone’s hard work!
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
A few of the primary ones will be:
- Developing some key strategic partnerships across UOW to work together on digital literacies support for staff and students
- Launching the redeveloped digital literacies resources for students.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
The Library has had some pretty excellent Christmas parties – many of them have involved dress-ups! Working with good people is a big part of why I love my job.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I’m really passionate about the environment – I grow food in my backyard, ride an electric bike to work every day, and am the go-to person in our office for the question “Can this be recycled?”. I also make a mean vegan taco!
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Without a doubt, the North Wollongong rock pool. It’s a really special place to me and I’m pretty convinced it has healing powers!
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
My partner and I along with a few close friends plan to buy a piece of land, build a few tiny houses, and grow food!