I feel like a fraud. I’m presenting at NLS6 and I’m still in the process of studying my Grad Dip in Library and Information Studies. It may be that I’m a very convincing fraud or that the skills I gained from my previous industry had put me in good stead for my new career choice. I like to think it is the latter.
I came from the museum industry and to be honest the leap from museums to libraries wasn’t huge but if you have come from the police like my, “We’re not from around here” co-presenter Raylene Jensen, the leap was far greater. She probably has better conflict management skills than I do. However, my project management skills have enabled me to step into a temporary role of program development officer for the Gold Coast Library Services. Furthermore, the network of contacts from the arts and cultural industries has meant that I have been able to co-ordinate exhibitions and performance in libraries.
So, if you are coming to NLS as an “outsider” or a new graduate be aware that there is a need for your skills, be they from business, sporting, arts or elsewhere. Raylene and I will be talking about the benefits of coming from other industries and not being afraid to take chances in your new career choice.
Sophie Gow has a background in museum curatorship and event organisation, working for not for profit arts organisations and the peak industry body for museums and galleries in Queensland. After successfully getting a job as a library assistant for Gold Coast Libraries the natural progression was to take over the library service. Sophie is currently embarking on her Grad Dip in Library Studies, which in many ways is not such a leap from museum management.