I was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, and as soon as I earned my BA from UTas I followed the long tradition of Tasmanian university graduates by leaving the state to find a job.
Naturally I moved to Australia’s UNESCO City of Literature – Melbourne, Victoria (not to be confused with that impostor city, Melbourne, Florida) and was surprised to find that job openings for graduates of a random assortment of history units were in short supply. Luckily for me the City of Boroondara was looking for a dozen library officers at the same time and I entered the wonderful world of public libraries.
I earned my Grad Dip Info Mgt from RMIT University a few years later and spent the next two years singing “open shut them” every Monday and Thursday as a Youth Services Librarian. I’m currently Information Management and Kew Librarian, still at the City of Boroondara.
When not managing a suburban library branch, I’m thinking about the critical role of information flow in robust democracies, the future of publishing, and the politics of information. Sometimes I write about these things in my blog It’s not about the books. I’m also the author of a chapter in the forthcoming ALA publication about the future of libraries, Library 2025.