Where have you been?

Um hi. It’s been a while. Did this fall off my radar or become a point of frustration and procrastination? Maybe both. I’ve been doing some writing in other places, but mostly a lot of frustrated journaling and even more not writing at all.

It’s been an unusual few years since my last post here in *ahem* 2020.

Just imagine me throwing my arms around wildly and saying ‘life huh!’. We’ve run the gamut of all of life in our household since then, COVID-19 (duh), lockdowns, working from home, renovations, major MAJOR life changes for the young people in my life, major changes for me as well. Is that vague enough? Good.

Anyhow, let me tell you about some cool and interesting things I’ve read and listened to and watched in the last little while, there’s enough brain matter for that at least.

The Boys. This is the best TV show I’ve ever seen. Don’t think I sat still for an entire episode, it simultaneously scares the crap out of me and makes me shriek with laughter AND THEN cringe with disgust.

Everything Everywhere All At Once. If I never watch another movie, that will be ok because I’ve seen this chaotic, beautiful masterpiece.

Music That Doesn’t Sound The Same – hands down the one of the best playlists my ears and brain have ever listened to. Discovered on TikTok, listened to weekly. Big thanks Somewhere Soul. (Bonus playlist, his French Hip Hop playlist is EXCELLENT getting shit done music).

So that’s about it for now. See you in a couple of years??

One hashtag, many ideas

If you want an idea of how diverse the interests are of people in the library and information world is, look no further than #blogjune. Career planning, film festivals, imposter syndrome, morning coffee, technological obsolescence, books that you didn’t read – so many gems in one hashtag.

Take the time to read some of the posts, share them with friends and leave a comment on a post or too (trust me it’s quite exciting to receive a comment!).

Having never successfully joined #blogjune before (a couple of ‘meh posts and I was done), I’m happy to report that it’s a great community with plenty of support and good cheer. It’s not too late to join in, or at least put it on your list for next year.

In the meantime, get reading!

Choose Your Own Information Adventure Part 1

My post about the “why not?” people included mentioned of why I am more information than library with a promise to write about it. Well here it is.

Reasons I didn’t become a librarian

I love libraries. My childhood involved spending a lot of time in libraries – Woden Library, Moruya Library, Akrotiri army base library in Cyprus where we spent a few months, my primary school library, various libraries at the ANU (sometimes having a parent who is a mature aged student is a good thing!).

I love reading. Reading has been the one constant in my life and I love it. (But I don’t love the smell of books, new or old so please don’t send me cute memes about stinky books or perfume that smells like old books).

These reasons are not why I chose to study the Bachelor of Information Studies.

After completing a course at TAFE in community services, I figured out I’m not stupid and can actually study and finish a course. So, why not try a degree? I promptly enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Recreational Therapy and spent an engaging semester studying Sociology 101 and Leisure Studies 101 which I thoroughly enjoyed and surprised myself by writing essays that received really good marks (which as a terrible school student was the best feeling).

Information mining

Sometime during that first semester, we were given an assignment which involved navigating our way through the library databases to locate journal articles and books. I loved that assignment. Digging deeper into the databases to find information, I found myself trying to understand how the system worked, what happened if I looked for the article from this ‘direction’, what about that one? And a lightbulb moment occurred in my head that went something like “this would be a great job and imagine showing people how to use these systems, this is a part of libraries I’d never realised existed, maybe this is a better fit for me?”.

Honestly, that is what drove me to enquire about switching courses. At the time, I was learning that changing your mind is ok and I was aware that if the library degree didn’t work out, I could go back to health science or try something else. It really didn’t seem like that big a deal, there were plenty of choices and hey! I was going to try some of them out. I can’t emphasise enough what realising that study was achievable and wouldn’t end in humiliating disaster was for me at that time.

A side note about mature aged students

Mature aged students experience study very differently to those who are fresh out of school. Often on a second, third, fourth career, some of these students undergo a deep transformation during their study. I have experienced this myself and seen fellow students and friends go through it too. Many people don’t pursue tertiary study straight out of school for so many reasons – financial, fear of failure, terrible school experiences, timing, lack of opportunity. So if they do get that opportunity, OMG do they throw themselves into it! And if it means conquering demons, finally facing deeply held fears and beliefs about themselves, well let’s do that too.

My uni friends and I often joked that we should be receiving a Bachelor of Life degree as well as a Bachelor of Information Studies – the four of us conquered so much during those four years, much more than assignments and group projects.

Back to the story . . .

So I contacted the School of Information Studies and asked to switch courses. A very nice email advised me I could, so I did.

And just like that I had chosen my own information adventure.

Let’s leave this here. Part 2 tomorrow.


The New York Times describing London as ‘reeling‘ from violent attacks has given us all a lovely gift today.

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