I had a plan for 2015 that involved getting experience in libraries so that when I graduated next year I would look more appealing to employers. That was the plan, but in fact I have had so many opportunities thrown at me, that at times it was hard to keep up!
Till around May this year, I continued volunteering at Melbourne Museum in the library and doing digitisation projects. I also caught a writing bug and have written so many articles and blogs though-out the year, the best of which I have included in my publications page.
But lets have a look at each month…
In January I planned how I was going to achieve my goals. I figured I should either double the amount of job applications I did or concentrate on finding an internship that suited me… I ended up doing both. It wasn’t until July that job hunting paid off, but before then I was offered spots in the two internships I applied for. I must admit it took a bit of hunting to find some internships and on reflection I think these opportunities really should be better promoted! Anyway these are the internships I looked at:
- Cultural Collections Project Program
- Applied Museum of Arts and Science
- Museum Victoria Student Projects
- Parliamentary Library Internship
Last year I found a group called Dinosaur Dreaming and in February I fulfilled a childhood dream and went on my first dig with them. The volunteers who make up Dinosaur Dreaming are knowledgeable and fun-loving enthusiast who enjoy taking 1-3 weeks out of their lives to go a smash rocks in the hope of finding some Cretaceous-era dinosaur fossils. And the Dinosaur Dreaming scientists are pretty cool as well! I feel really blessed to have become part of this group and I plan to stay.
In March I discovered ALIA’s PD Scheme. It was a nice surprise to discover that the professional development activities I do for my own interest can be recoginsed. I also signed up for Tour Guide training at Melbourne Museum. I wanted to overcome my slight fear of public speaking, it was my hope that by talking about collections I enjoyed I will become an animated and engaging speaker. I haven’t been able to work off feeling nervous yet, but I can now speak to an audience without freezing.
During April I attended three events: Renew, Rethink, Revitalise Mini Conference, VALA Events: Make it a triple and History, Culture & Collections: Talks at Melbourne Museum. It was during this month I noticed people were recoginsing me at events and wanting to have a chat. I also started my first internship for the year at Melbourne Museum, working in the Humanities department researching collectors associated with the Museum.
In May I was offered the position of Blog Editor with Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE). Through them I have vastly improved my blog writing and editing skills. I have also had the chance to become more involved in the Ancient History community in Melbourne and I hope to do the same while I am in Canberra.
Over June and July I completed the second practicum I needed to do for the course I am studying. I spent just over a month with the Information Resources Group at Swinburne University and from them I learned so much about Records and Archives in a university context. It was during the last few days of my practicum that I received a call about a job at Monash Uni.
Last year I had met, at an ALIA Newgrad event, the supervisor of Lending Services at Monash University. Since then I had kept in contact with her and we had caught up at library events. After receiving a job offer from her in July I remember thinking “so this is what it feels like when networking pays off”.
I also did a little something for myself in June and volunteered at Oz Comic Con in Melbourne.
August saw me continue work on my Museum Internship. During which, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the collectors I had chosen to research and his wife. I also attended 2 ALIA events: KSC Seminar and Interview Questions.
In September I volunteered at RIMPA‘s National Conference Digital Dreams (not nightmares). After attending I realised I could be doing much more with my RIMPA membership. I have now signed up for their mentor program and have helped out with some membership advertising. I hear the advert will be ready for showing February next year.
In October I attended a conference called Museums and the Web Asia 2015 (#MWA2015). It opened my eyes to the world of content management, effective ways of using building space and the strategic plans of Museums around the world.
I moved to Canberra in November to complete my internship at the Parliamentary library. It was difficult being away from my little boy for that long but I am glad I took the risk. I now work in the Parliamentary library in Canberra and my family is in the process of moving up from Melbourne.
I came back to Melbourne in December for a family Christmas, to finish up in my role at Monash University and to speak at OCLC ‘s Asian Pacific Regional Conference (#APRC2015). I was so pleased to be asked to speak at APRC2015 and I did so with no stutter in sight!
I am not quite sure what 2016 will have in store for me but I do know I want to exceed expectations in my new position at the Parliamentary library. Become involved in a couple library events in Canberra, learn some coding and see if Canberra’s Archaeological Society will take me on some digs.
Till next year!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)