The following guest post is from the newly-appointed ILN Content Officer Michelle De Aizpurua. Michelle lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
The year of 2015 has been full of change. I started working at a new high school library in January, which provided many great learning experiences and a new team of library staff to develop relationships and network with. I learnt how to create a website from scratch, a challenge with a big learning curve! I was very proud of my finished product and glad to be able to add these new skills to my repertoire.
Around 6 months later, I was lucky enough to land a new permanent position in the Law Library at Monash University. The thought of not being in a contract position and being able to plan more for my future was a welcome breath of fresh year. I have now been in the position for around two months and I couldn’t be happier. As a new graduate, it is an amazing opportunity to develop my career and my knowledge. My team is full of talented law librarians who are always willing to teach me about legal databases and legal research skills. I have been able to help take classes with law students, a task I thoroughly enjoy and am very keen on continuing with throughout my career. Developing lessons and engaging the students is great fun and I love the challenge – the students definitely keep you on your toes! I have also been able to attend a variety of professional development workshops, conferences and events – and I feel very lucky to be in the position to be able to do all of this. The university is so supportive of our development and I can foresee an exciting future working here.
As the end of the year approaches I am grateful for all the experiences I have had and can’t wait to (have a few holidays and) hit the ground running in 2016!