Thank you to Elsevier who are a Premium Sponsor for NLS6, generously supporting our social barbecue. This sponsor guest post is authored by Linda Dunne, Senior Account Manager and edited by David Stammers, Account Manager and Macy Lee, Customer Development Executive from Elsevier.
Greetings my fellow librarians, we are really excited to have the opportunity to meet and interact with you all at the upcoming library symposium being held at QUT.
I was asked by my colleagues to create a ‘blog’ which for me is a first I have to say! What I thought might interest you, as you enter into your library careers, is a snippet of my personal experience and insights from quite a few years in the industry both as a librarian and also as a vendor.
For me it all started during high school in NZ at the local public library mending children’s picture books. It then became a job during varsity long vacations and how I remember the joys of shelving and issuing books at the circulation desk and filing into the card catalogue! How things have changed since then!
To set the scene following several years as a Science Librarian, I’m now firmly entrenched in vendor land. Did she move across to the dark side I hear you say? Well I don’t see it that way and will explain why ….
Firstly I am passionate about my chosen profession and the service we provide to our readers, students, and academics, really whoever it is we serve. In short, it’s in my DNA and I am passionate about it.
I see working for Elsevier as really just an extension of my previous library roles in that we serve not just end users but the librarians and researchers themselves. These days most institutions are heading, if they aren’t already there, to an ‘e’ preferred policy so my role involves keeping up with technology and being able to talk the talk not just externally but internally with our product development teams who need to know what our clients are thinking, where they are heading and what we can do to assist them. Personally, and please don’t tell my product development colleagues, I still enjoy picking up an old fashioned book, that’s me but times are a changing! Books are no longer physical but electronic and the world of ‘e’ is also changing classroom style. ScienceDirect no longer offer only just journals and eBooks but it is expanding the product to eTextbooks and the latest legacy collection to continue to meet the needs of our market.
Words of advice…
So as you enter into your library careers, and how I envy the journey you are about to begin, my advice is to think outside the box and explore opportunities not just within the library itself but in those professions that work alongside or support the library. Eight years down the track I’m still firmly entrenched in the industry I love, regularly meet up with both old and new friends and am constantly amazed at the technological developments driving us into 2013 and beyond.