Hi- Kate from NGAC here. This is the story behind our $1000 bursary winner Wendy’s, trip into Pinterest. We loved the fact that she learnt something new and pushed herself into unknown territory. See her board here or have a look at the snapshot below. On behalf of ALIA, NGAC and the NLS6 committee, a well deserved congratulations.
-Kate Freedman, NGAC Chair.
No thank you. Not (p)interested.
That was me until late last year. I didn’t really understand what Pinterest was for. I didn’t even really bother to find out what it was about. That was until the bursary competition appeared. I don’t know what came over me but clearly I felt like I was in need of a challenge. How could I be different and creative? I needed to use my imagination. I don’t consider myself a creative person so there was a challenge right there! I looked at the suggested options and thought the least likely platform for me would be Pinterest, so that’s the one I decided to try.
You’ve got the picture. I’m a late adopter to Pinterest and wondered if I could make it work for me as a competition entry that would express my own (p)inspirations as well as how I hoped NLS6 would (p)inspire me.
Or was it?
During the last 12 months as I have continued as a student in QUT’s M. IT I have had a number of light-bulb moments that have crystallised for me what it is I’m really (p)interested in. I guess I’m one of those lifelong learners we keep hearing about with a string of degrees that I hadn’t quite managed to connect into a career plan. First there was music, then literature and cultural studies, a little bit of education and now library and information sciences. These were now morphing with my growing interest in cultural heritage and GLAM. Also, lurking in the back of my brain was the thought that somehow my involvement in community music groups here in Bundaberg where I work and live was also part of a giant puzzle that might be part of my career. If these were the things that (p)inspired me, how might I imagine them into something more real?
Well, surprising as it might seem, Pinterest helped me to do that. I pinned and re-pinned At first I kept my competition entry board secret because how embarrassing it would be if I was actually rubbish at trying to be different, creative and imaginative. But then finally I had to be brave and make the board public. I threw caution to the wind and sent in my entry. And what was wonderful was that by the time that happened it was no longer about entering a competition. It was actually more about me gaining some insight into the (p)interests I find (p)inspiring and bringing them together in a visual form. And guess what? Forcing myself to be different had been a big part of that. I need to do that more often.
It stunned me that I won the competition. Even now, the little voice inside my brain tells me it must be a mistake and there are plenty of other more imaginative and creative people out there in the NLS6 world. I’m telling that voice to shush. I’m so looking forward to NLS6 because it will give me the rare opportunity to meet my PLN IRL as well as connecting with people who are (p)inspired by the same things as I am.