Yes, I Really was a Public Librarian and Here’s Proof!

A bit of background for Lucy’s Book: I really did work as a librarian in the late 80s and early 90s. Today, I have been digging out some old photos for a talk I’m about to present in Sydney, and here I am behind the circulation desk of the very new Kimberley Park Library, in Logan, south of Brisbane, while some of the library assistants do a terrible job of pretending to be borrowers.

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For those who are interested in such matters: this circulation desk is interesting because it occupies the technical no-man’s land when libraries around Australia were switching over to computerised catalogues and circulation systems. Because this was a brand new library, and the council was planning to automate the service in the near future, the decision was made not to print catalogue cards. So, you will see neither a card catalogue nor a computer in this library; we opened our doors with only a computer printout of our holdings, and the camera I am using (or pretending to use) at the desk was rented for us until the computerised system arrived some months down the track.

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All the staff at this library were absolutely lovely to work with, and we had a very happy and imaginative workplace, which was famous for doing eccentric library displays. Some of my happiest memories of libraries come from working in this place, something I did until I left to become a full time children’s writer in 1992. From left to right in the photo below: Jacky, Cathy, me (Branch and Local Studies Librarian), Kathryn (Community Services Librarian) and Leann.

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A big thank you to Hilda Maclean, Local Heritage Specialist at the Logan City Council, for supplying me with these photos.

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