Profile: Emma Reilly, NSLA Program Coordinator

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Emma Reilly joined the NSLA team in early May this year as Program Coordinator, working closely with all projects and communities of practice. We asked her to tell us a bit more about herself.

Tell us briefly about your career path.
Following many years as a primary school teacher, I joined Learning Services at State Library Victoria to explore how far I could take teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls. It was such a delight to share this library with tens of thousands of Victorian school students over my time with Learning Services. The possibilities for wonder, curiosity and learning are truly endless in the library – it has been the most amazing classroom to teach in!

As the Education Programs Coordinator, and more recently acting as the Manager of Reader Development and Centre for Youth Literature, I have had the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the services, collections and facilities of the library and I now have a deep appreciation of the role libraries play in cultivating an engaged, informed and creative society.

What's been the highlight of your time with NSLA so far?
Since joining the NSLA team, I’ve plunged deeper into the library ecosystem and have enjoyed the intellectual fodder provided by each project and community of practice. Until now I have merely been an unknowing consumer of the outcomes of the NSLA collaboration, so it has been a privilege to witness such specialised professionals come together to dream big, work hard and deliver innovative solutions to the complex challenges faced by their particular field.

What do you do when you're not at work?
When I’m not in the office, I’ll most likely be keeping up with my Professional Writing and Editing studies or be found with a book in my hand and two whippets at my feet. I love a good podcast, watching documentaries and travelling.