Our first episode is live! Patrick, Sarah and I give you the first taste of how we work to find the best recommendations for library patrons looking to find new books.
Creating this podcast has been such a fun experience, mostly because Sarah, Patrick and I enjoy collaborating with each other. And, of course, because talking about books is pretty much the best way imaginable to spend your time.
I hope you enjoy our first episode. We’d love you to subscribe to the podcast through your usual podcast app, and leave us a rating and/or review if you’re so inclined.
Pop over to the YPRL website for more information, including the full list of books discussed in the episode.
When I finished up at the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria I promised myself (and my family) that I’d take six months off to recover from the burnout that came with doing a job where I had put 110% of myself into my work for so long (such is the joy of trying to balance working and managing a disability). The plan was to freelance while working from home, slowing down significantly and refocusing on my health.
I’m giving myself a mental high-five for lasting this long, but the right job at the right time has come up and now I find myself back in regular part-time employment. I’ve joined Yarra Plenty Regional Library working on a diverse range of events presented throughout their nine branches.
I’m chuffed to be working in a library service again as I really enjoy this area of literary programming. There’s a strong focus on delivering what is useful and valuable to the community, and I really enjoy audience-driven programming. The other reason I’m also pleased because this is the library service I grew up utilising. Eltham was my local library, and I spent a lot of time there after school, as well as at various other branches. If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that one day my job would be all about books, writing, reading and ideas younger me would have been thrilled. Let’s face it, older me is still pretty thrilled that this is my life.
The role is a maternity leave fill, so I expect to spend the next year at YPRL and am looking forward to seeing what I will learn in that time.