Obviously, I missed #blogjune 2017. A lot has happened since mid-2016. I’m not working as a librarian at the moment but as a Community Library Aide. It’s a melange of library technician/library assistant and employed in a specific setting. ‘Community libraries’ in South Australian country towns are joint-use public library and Department for Education libraries. So it’s an interesting blend of two distinct environments.
Anyway, I’ve been working here on and off since March, 2018. The incumbent has been on leave and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been granted Leave Without Pay from my substantive librarian position in TAFE. It’s by no means an advance career-wise, with longer hours for less pay. However, it scores over it’s more highly paid competitor in two important respects. One – it’s slightly closer to home (cutting my one-way commute from 174 km to 1 km). Two – it’s very satisfying getting to know the regulars (and getting to work with SA’s excellent Public Library Network from the inside). Whilst not perfect it’s a superb service, especially for patrons in small country towns who can now esaily (if not always quickly) access material from anywhere in the state,
So, I’ll dust off the blog for another year and see what happens. Happy #blogjune all!
This is one of the traffic jams I would sometmes get commuting to my TAFE job.