Success Library officer wins Australian Library and Information Association Student Award

Caitlyn Ryan (19), of Baldivis, won the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Student Award for being the highest achieving graduating student from her Diploma of Library and Information Services course at North Metropolitan TAFE.
Caitlyn Ryan (19), of Baldivis, won the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Student Award for being the highest achieving graduating student from her Diploma of Library and Information Services course at North Metropolitan TAFE.

FROM work experience to award winning, that’s the story of Success Library junior officer Caitlyn Ryan who recently took out the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Student Award.

The award won by the 19-year-old recognises the highest achieving graduating student from her Diploma of Library and Information Services course at North Metropolitan TAFE.

The Baldivis resident is now studying a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) at Curtin University, but began her career at the library during a work experience placement as part of her TAFE study 18 months ago.

City of Cockburn Libraries manager Linda Seymour said the library took on work experience students from TAFE on a regular basis to help them learn what it is like to work in a busy public library.

“She started here doing her prac, it was a term placement,” she said.

“We were lucky to get her, she was a fantastic fit.”

ALIA WA State Manager Sienna Gilchrist said Caitlyn’s success demonstrated the value to local government of library and information professionals.

“It’s a mutually beneficial relationship,” Ms Gilchrist said.

“Students gain essential professional experience while councils help to ensure the quality of our future workforce, particularly as libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.”

Miss Ryan currently works on a casual basis at the library about 15 hours a week doing customer service, shelving and Story Time.