I spent the first part of my career as an academic librarian and manager. In 2001, I changed direction and became an independent information professional. I established The Information Workshop, and alongside that, worked part time tutoring and teaching library and information studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This combination of teaching and consulting gave me an invaluable overview of the practical and theoretical issues facing people working with information.
I have worked with libraries, archives and records management organisations, professional associations and not for profit entities, local and national government bodies, small and large businesses, public and private tertiary institutions, and a wide range of academic, professional and private researchers and students. As well as information skills, I have expertise in research and management, particularly time management and leadership, in curriculum and instructional design, and in face to face and online and distance education.
The word "workshop" conjures a vision of a space where things are made and transformed, where ideas and dreams are realised, where anything is possible. My workshop is both physical and virtual, and is a place for both work and play. I aim for balance in my life, and actively make time to explore my passions and undertake personal projects.
See the Showcase section of this website for examples of some of my work and personal projects.
Qualifications and professional status:
BA (Auckland), MLIS (Victoria University of Wellington), FLIANZA
Formal employment background:
Academic and Teaching Roles
- 2013-2016 Leadership Facilitator, Course Developer and Teacher on LIANZA's Kōtuku Emerging Leadership Programme
- 2001-2017 Adjunct Faculty, Library and Information Studies, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
- 2001-2013 Tutor/Senior Tutor/Teaching Fellow, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington
Professional Librarian Roles
- 1998-2000 Customer Services Manager, University of Waikato Library
- 1994-1998 Tāmaki Campus Librarian, University of Auckland
- 1990-1994 Assistant Librarian, Elam Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland
Some examples of my freelance and consulting work:
Research and Writing Projects
- Provided editing and referencing support to a senior academic preparing articles for publication
- Mentored a postgraduate student in assignment writing skills
- Undertook a multi-phase project to redevelop the undergraduate Library and Information Studies curriculum for the Open Polytechnic, including MRoQ
- Compiled, edited and contributed to 6th edition Informing New Zealand online textbook
- Designed and implemented LIANZA Careers Survey
Training and Facilitation Projects
- Provided Reference Interview, Library Weeding, Career Planning, Time Management, Customer Service training
- Facilitated INELI Oceania Leadership Convening
- Trained staff of a tertiary institute in records management best practice
- Taught research methods on VUW Master of Library and Information Studies programme, and supervised many student research projects
- Made conference presentations on Change Management and Leadership
- Developed and taught the LIANZA Kōtuku Emerging Leadership programme using open source software and Moodle
- Developed and implemented a new website for the Mt Albert Historical Society
- Undertook reviews of several polytechnic and PTE libraries
- Undertook process reviews of several public library systems
- Worked as a recruitment consultant