Dell Price of Central Highlands Regional Council is hooked on libraries – she loves the people, she loves learning, and she loves the communities they help to build. Read on to find out why the Coordinator of Libraries in the Central Highlands thinks we need to get outside of the library’s four walls!
How did you first come to be part of the libraries?
I fell into it. I started with Richmond Upper Clarence Regional Library Service, NSW – my home town, working three hours per week – then I was hooked! I loved it so much that I decided that this is where I want to be, so I studied with Charles Sturt University, got my degree and haven’t worked a day since – I just love my job so much it doesn’t feel like work! I’ve worked in three states – NSW, Victoria and now Queensland, all so very different.
Can you share a memorable story from your time in libraries?
WOW, which one? Every day is memorable … when we first delivered a new program and we knew it was a hit by the look on people’s faces; or refurbishing a library – hard work but so rewarding for the community. Not so memorable – one library burnt and three floods; walking into Central Highlands Regional Council and seeing we had room to grow – and we are and I’m still smiling nine months later.
What do you love most about libraries?
I love the people – the people I work with and especially the customers – they never get angry with you. And that’s why I got into libraries because we can build communities.
What do you think libraries need to do next?
Be active in our communities – get the library out of the four walls.
If you were a library manager what would be the number one thing you would do?
Well, I am a manager. Lobby for more funding – what libraries do on a small budget is AMAZING. Imagine what we could do with more. And I’m talking about simple things. I’d love more time to be out in the community promoting who we are and what we do.
If you would like to learn more about Dell’s passion for libraries, you can meet her at State Library’s first regional professional development day for 2017 – to be held in Emerald on 7 February. Register here.