Meet our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
Lorraine, Document Supply
I am a Wiradjuri woman from central New South Wales Riverina District.
I'm from Griffith, in New South Wales. I came to Canberra for a position in a library, and I decided to work here at the National.
I worked in book binding first, then in Newspapers. I actually met my husband there, and we married in 1977. I worked in Serials for a while, then took time off to have my children, and to work as a day care mum. I came back to the Library in 2005, and now work in Document Supply. Both my husband and I still work at the National Library.
I love it. There are a lot of people still here from when I was here the first time, actually, so it's really nice. I'm really happy, and this is where I belong.
Jodie, Pictures and Manuscripts Branch & 2012 Graduate
I'm a Yamatji woman from the Gascoyne region in Western Australia.
After graduating from high school I moved to Brisbane and studied Film and Television production. I then worked in the industry for about 2 years as a camera assistant working on many television commercials and one feature film.
After this I decided to go travelling, I went to the UK for two years on a working holiday visa and worked mostly in hospitality and on the festival circuit.
It was not until returning to Australia that I decided to enrol in university and study a BA of Photography at Queensland College of Art, I was 27. During my degree I was able to combine my love of the moving image with the still image and appeared in a documentary entitled Conscience for Cambodia, the documentary saw me travel to Cambodia twice.
In the last year of my degree I undertook a cadetship program at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. The experience made me aware of the opportunity to complete a grad program at the National Library, which I did the following year.
I now work in the Pictures and Manuscripts Branch and am very happy that I made the decision to study at 27 as I would not be here if I didn’t.
Ryan, Digitisation and Photography
I'm a Wiradjuri man from the Orana Region in New South Wales.
I graduated from high school in 2008. During that time I was working as a shelver at my local library however I never considered a career as a librarian as I was more interested in becoming a chef at that time. After graduating I began an apprenticeship in a restaurant in Sydney, but I soon quickly found out that it wasn’t right for me.
After leaving my apprenticeship I returned back to my local library and became a reference desk assistant on the weekends. I soon realised that I really enjoyed working in the library industry assisting the public with research enquiries and found it quite rewarding. It was because of this I applied to enrol in a course at the University of Technology Sydney and began a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Information and Media.
As I was doing my degree, I was introduced to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive project. The purpose of the project was to develop a digital archive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research data, with the main focus of handing back this data to Aboriginal communities through digital repatriation. This kindled an interest in digitization of library collection material as well as working with Indigenous collection material as well as outreach work with communities.
After about 2 years of part and full time work with ATSIDA, I applied for a job with the digitisation department here at the National Library of Australia. I am currently part of the Digitisation team working on digitising the library’s collection material. In the future I hope to go back to university to undertake a Masters degree after gaining experience out in the field and specialize in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections.
I'm a Karajarri woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
After graduating from high school in 2009, I decided to go straight into university to study a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. I didn’t have a set career in mind but I was interested in media and wanted to study as many subjects as I could. This helped me develop a strong interest in web publishing and graphic design.
I applied for the government graduate program in my final semester, initially just looking for a job in my own city, Perth. However, when I realised the National Library was offering positions I decided that if I were lucky enough to be accepted there, then I would move across the country for it.
Through the program I’ve had the opportunity to work in some really interesting places such as sound preservation, web archiving, and web publishing, which is where I’ve been permanently placed. I recommend not just the graduate program but also any job in the Library as it’s such a friendly and welcoming place I think anyone would enjoy it.
After high school, I knew I'd go to university, but I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had an interest in Japanese language and culture, so I studied that at Macquarie University. I finished my degree, and still didn't know what I wanted to do as a career, so I did a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney.
During my Graduate Diploma, my mother lost her ability to walk and I became her full-time carer as well as studying at university. It is difficult and rewarding.
Also during my final year, I was encouraged to apply for the Indigenous Graduate Program by my family. I applied, hoping that the National Library would accept me. They did, and I now live in Canberra.
Since coming to the National Library, I have worked in the reading rooms, with the manga collection, ephemera and Trove. Now, I've got a permanent position in cataloguing, and I'm really loving it. I would truly recommend any position here.
Belinda, 2014 Cadet
I am a descendent of the Murrawarri nation of North Western New South Wales.
After I finished high school I worked full time in retail for a year before making the decision to study music. I have always had an interest in music for as long as I could remember. I am the singer in a local Canberra band that performs regularly.
I completed a Diploma of Music at the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2011. My efforts in my music studies were recognised when I was named Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the ACT Training Excellence Awards in 2012. My diploma of music gave me the qualifications and skills needed to begin teaching music and singing.
I developed a passion for education through my experiences in teaching music. I began studying a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood/ Primary in early 2013. I was also successful in gaining a cadetship position here at the National Library of Australia in 2013. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a cadet. I am learning a vast amount and developing a variety of skills. I am excited about what my future with the NLA has in store for me.