USP Top Library Information Graduate Features in the International Library Magazine, INCITE
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Emmie St John–Rauto with her award certificate.
The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (PTAFE) graduate Emmie Suzie St John – Rauto could not contain her excitement after her article “The Best Fit for the Job” was published in the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) magazine, INCITE.
INCITE is the premier magazine for the library and information sector in Australia and is distributed to all ALIA members and subscribers worldwide. It publishes perspectives on issues relating to library and information science.
Emmie is also the recipient of 2020 Australian Library and Information Association Award for the highest scoring student in library information studies at USP.
An elated Emmie said she was grateful for being chosen as the recipient for the 2020 ALIA Awards and encouraged others who are pursuing the same studies to be passionate and strive for excellence in their studies.
“As a graduate and para-professional in the Library profession, I learnt that we should not limit ourselves to resources within the four walls of the library, but to collaborate with library professionals and associations to explore the information landscapes and trends,” she said.
“Also, information and skills sharing is important for Library Information Services (LIS) students in developing countries because together, we are able to serve our library users better and remain viable in the Information Industry. It is important to influence others positively as we are the image of the library.”
Emmie highlighted that the COVID – 19 pandemics had impacted her education, however self-determination and motivation assisted her in persevering and completing her studies.
“After completing my Certificate in Library Information Studies, I developed an interest in reading to children in the village I live in. The positive feedback received from the village members encouraged me to enrol in the Diploma in Library Information Services programme. I was fortunate to begin my career in the library profession as a school librarian. This was short-lived due to COVID-19 but despite the circumstances, I persevered to pay my fees and complete my studies,” she added.
Emmie is employed as a Document Controller at the Snowy Mountain Engineering Company (SMEC), an International Australian Engineering Company based in Fiji. She is grateful to have acquired skills that have been very helpful in her current role.
“I am grateful to USP Pacific TAFE for offering Library courses,” she said.
“As a former teacher-librarian, I noted that students needed to learn Information Literacy (IL) skills, and this profession is the best fit for the job. I can also apply the skills that I have gained from the course in my current position at SMEC.”
She believes that anyone who enrols in the library programmes at USP develops lifelong learning skills and become a valuable member of their community.
“The course facilitators have done a fantastic job in upskilling the students during weekly tutorials and organising talanoa sessions with library professionals. Often, the library profession is not recognised amongst other careers in the Information Industry, however, the skills and knowledge I’ve gained have been very helpful,” Emmie said.
“During the current COVID-19 stay-home situation for our school students, I can apply the knowledge and skills gained from the library studies programme to organise reading sessions and activities for students in the primary and intermediate levels in my community.
One of the LIS learning outcomes is to develop young lifelong readers. Putting this into practice has enabled me to share my knowledge and skills with the citizens of our beloved country and more importantly, to showcase what I have achieved as a student of the USP Pacific TAFE,” Emmie added.
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