How long have you worked at UOW?
Over 10 years.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I aim to deliver high quality, client-focused library services to the students and staff at the Sydney CBD Campus. My role is to provide a supportive learning environment to our students. I aim to build on students prior knowledge, assist them in gaining an understanding of academic research and support them to apply those learnings to their assessments and workplace through mentoring, workshops, tools and consultations. I also support our academics with their teaching and research needs.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The student interactions – seeing our students learn, achieve and strive to do well. The smiles and pride on their faces when they come and tell me how much they are improving in their studies.
What’s the most challenging?
Time is always a struggle – being the only Librarian at the CBD campus with over 500 students and staff, time is always a factor. But it is a challenge I thrive on, it allows me to be innovative and try new service ideas and methods, to challenge the norm and focus on the quality of service and customer experience.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Building a Library service from the ground up at Innovation campus, the idea for the UOW assignment calculator and starting the Sydney Business School football (soccer) team.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?
My focus for 2020 is transitioning Sydney CBD library services for remote study – research workshops, online consultations and outreach to support students and staff during this time.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Presenting my first conference paper in Verona Italy and winning 3 championships with the Sydney Business School football team.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I play in an all-male football team as striker and I met Harrison Ford while wearing a stormtrooper outfit at the Opera House.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Mt Tanigawa “the mountain of death” in Japan, climbing that mountain was one on the most challenging, scary yet thrilling adventures of my life to date.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
To explore Iceland and to attend a Liverpool FC game at Anfield.