Fiona Jensen (co-chair)
Fiona Jensen is a senior librarian with Queensland Health. She loved working in public libraries in QLD and NSW for nearly 9 years, and made the switch from publics to health about 3 years ago. She now enjoys a fantastic work-life balance, working part-time and spending the remainder of her week entertaining her two small boy children, Aric (3) and Hugo (1). Having been on the committee for NLS3 and having a ball, she put her hand up to take part again, this time in a very different role. In her spare time she loves being in bed, asleep, by no later than 9pm.
Jessica Begley (co-chair)
After ten years as an Urban Planner I am now doing my Masters in Information Studies at the University of Canberra in order to change careers. I work part time for AGLIN (Australian Government Library Information Network) and have been working for ACT Public Libraries as a library assistant and doing story time in my spare time. My 5 year old daughter tells people: “When my Mummy grows up she’s going to be a librarian”.
Twitter – @jessincanberra
LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-begley/26/831/17a
A lifelong user of libraries, Tim is new to the library industry, having completed his library graduate diploma at the end of 2011. He is currently working casually at Mitcham Library and Flinders University Library in Adelaide and is loving every second of it. Tim is also a South Australian co-ordinator for the ALIA New Graduates Group. When not working, Tim keeps himself busy with reading, running and teaching himself Russian.
Lesa is proud to call herself a librarian. She loves the profession so much that she named her dog Dewey, collects librarianna, and reads library science material for fun. She believes in active involvement with the profession, and currently not only volunteers to help organise NLS6, but also coordinates the new graduates column Energise>Enthuse>Inspire (EEI) for ALIA’s INCITE magazine, and is a coordinator for Victoria’s ALIA New Graduates Group.
Lesa’s love and dedication to the profession sprang from attending NLS4, where she was empowered to take control of her own professional development and be proud of her profession. Lesa believes NLS has an important role to play in ensuring the Australian LIS profession is sustainable. Indeed, Lesa has a special bond with NLS. After not being able to find work as a new graduate who had little library experience, she considered abandoning the profession. Luckily for both her & the profession, NLS4 prevented this from occurring. NLS5 provided Lesa with the right platform to tackle her fear of public speaking by not only chairing a session, but also presenting her first ever conference paper. Now it’s time to give something back. Lesa is looking forward to helping to develop a new NLS that will inspire and help guide the next generation of LIS professionals.