Education & Languages

Education and Training for Practitioners

Library Studies

Name Vicki Simmonds
Studied Cert lV Library, Information & Cultural Services
Faculty Library Studies
Career Profile Library Assistant

What made TAFE SA stand out compared to other training organisations?

I liked that the course was based in the city and involved contact hours with lecturers and other students. I also liked the fact that it was offered either full time or part time and there was flexibility in how many subjects you undertook at one time so you could balance the study with other aspects such as work or family commitments. It was also great that it wasn’t necessary to make a big financial commitment all at once, as you pay for each subject as you go so you don’t have to pay a large lump sum at the beginning of the course.

What did the course involve and how do you think it will assist you in your career?

The course involved some library specific subjects such as providing customer service in a library environment, cataloguing and copyright awareness as well as some general subjects which would assist you in any work environment, such as WHS and working with various computer and social media programs. The course raised my awareness of the different types of library and information service roles and that there is a wide scope for employment in private enterprise, education, the government sector and not for profit organisations.

Did you find employment after completing the course? If so where?

Yes, I secured a role with the Adelaide City Council starting as a casual library customer service officer and I have recently secured a role as Training and Volunteer Support Officer in the library. I love working in libraries and look forward to continuing to learn in my working role and studying towards my Diploma in Library and Information Services with TAFESA.