How long have you worked at UOW?
Oh for a long time, since June 1993 – where did that time go! I was also a student from 2000-2003 studying an MBA while working full-time
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
We’re here to transform how people discover and engage with information. My role is to provide the vision and leadership for anticipating and delivering Library services, spaces and experiences that enable and inspire staff and students to excel in their research, scholarly and learning endeavor.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing how the Library team responds and rallies to create the new, different and better for the benefit of students and staff at UOW. They never fail to impress with their problem-solving, creativity and commitment to great service. Outside of UOW, I am the Chair of the Australian University Librarians where I get to exercise national and global advocacy on the value and impact of academic libraries and the role we play in national knowledge and research infrastructures.
What’s the most challenging?
Information and knowledge are high cost commodities with narrowing competition in the publishing market. Coupled with transactions in foreign currency, getting the best deal in an often volatile or low currency exchange environment is an ongoing challenge to meet the discipline and research needs of UOW. That’s why open access and disruption in the traditional publishing supply chain is a global issue for academic libraries.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Seeing members of my amazing Library team perform to their best again and again – with many of them formally recognized for their outstanding work and commitment to innovation –e.g. through VC Awards, professional accolades, peer feedback. These are high five moments.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
There are quite a few, including advancing digital literacies for students and staff, developing collections for the digital age and reimagining learning spaces (physical and virtual) that are discipline inclusive and technology-enabled, acknowledging the many modes of learning, e.g. face-to-face, blended, flipped, and online learning.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Being part of the Graduation Procession and graduation ceremonies – seeing the pride on the faces of students and their families and friends as they receive their testamur brings home why we commit to being part the of higher education sector.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I was an accomplished equestrian in my teens and early twenties, mostly competing in dressage events with the odd cross-country and show jumping competition thrown into mix.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot and every new destination becomes a favourite, so I’ll share a memorable experience of hiking and exploring national parks in Utah and Arizona. The sheer scale and majesty of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park (where I hiked to Scouts Landing which is 2.1 miles and 1,070 feet above the trailhead!) and the beauty of the Antelope slot canyons won’t ever be forgotten.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
My husband and I are ticking two things of the bucket list this year – in August we’re travelling to Africa to visit national parks in Kenya and Tanzania where we’re guaranteed to see the ‘Big 5’.
As I’m of Finnish heritage, Lapland is high on the list and we’ll realise this dream in December and hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of the Northern lights.