I first came to work at WA Institute of Technology in 1982 as a casual clerk typist with a division called WAIT-AID. Shortly after I went to work with the Institute Secretariat where I learnt to use a computer – a Wang! I moved onto the Printing Services Department as a casual Typesetter but unfortunately I developed RSI and couldn’t type any more. Luckily for me the Library was looking for staff so I happily transferred to the Library where I have been working since 1984.
I have worked with many different University Librarians, Supervisors and Managers over the years, and worked in different sections of the Library. Vicki Williamson the University Librarian at the time, offered to help support staff to study to become a Library Technician and I am very pleased to say I took up that offer. I have matured, evolved and become competently skilled during my working career with the help of many wonderful supportive people who have assisted in my ongoing training with the vast array of technologies that we use in the Library. Curtin has been very flexible as I worked part time when my children were young, then to full time work for many years and now returning to part time work to help my aging mother and my 7 wonderful grandchildren.
The Library has doubled in size and technology has increased tremendously in over the years that I have been here. Working on the very busy Enquiries Desk enables me to interact with students from many countries who speak many different languages. I have truly appreciated the time I have spent at Curtin working in a very innovative environment, with wonderful progressive people and to enable me to have my favourite of all time – flexi time!