My name is Kay, and it seems as though I am the first Aussie to join this group :).
Currently I am the lecturer and subject area co-ordinator for the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) at Queensland University of Technology. I took on this role at the beginning of the year, after completing my PhD, which explored the way teachers are using social media in the form of personal learning networks to enhance their professional learning.
Prior to my studies, I worked for Brisbane Catholic Education for 20 years. I started as a primary school classroom teacher, specialising in the early years, before I took on the role of Assistant Principal at a different primary school in inner city Brisbane. While I was in this position, I completed my Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship, and then worked for two years as a primary school teacher librarian. After this I was appointed as Education Officer (Digital Learning) and later combined this with the role of Librarian for the Brisbane Catholic Education system. This meant I worked in the head office, but supported the teacher librarians of the 113 schools in the Archdiocese, and also managed the head office library which supplied resources to all of the schools.
In January I am taking up a new role, as Head of Libraries at the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore. This will be my first time living overseas, and I am very excited! AIS has four libraries, each staffed with a teacher librarian and support staff. I will manage these libraries, as well as lead the senior school library. This will be the first time I will be working in an IB school, and although I am very familiar with Inquiry Learning, having lectured in it for several years at QUT, I know there will still be lots to learn about the IB – I’m so excited!
Thank you for allowing me to join your group. I look forward to learning with you all.