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Lisa Douglass


What are you doing now?Information And Library Management Lisa Douglass

I am the Library Manager at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. I changed career from working as a Law Librarian in a UK law firm for the Court's Administration Authority in Adelaide and then went on to set up my own law library. I have also previously worked as a training consultant at a global publishers.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was close to home, had great course content and great facilities.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The course was a fairly small intake of people. It was a mixture of lectures, seminars and team projects, plus individual or presentations. It was a very close knit community but also we mixed with students on other courses. When I attended we were on the cusp of a new generation of technology and the changing face of libraries with emails, chat rooms and desktop publishing being in its infancy. It was amazing.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

That I still admire some of them today. They were really inspiring and extremely knowledgeable.

How connected was your course with industry?

If it wasn't for my four week placement in a law firm library, I am not sure where I would be today. I decided there and then on that four week placement that I wanted to work in law libraries.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

My course put me on the track of an amazing career. I had a part-time job in a law firm even before I completed my course. I was sponsored by the South Australian Government in 2009 as there was a shortage of Librarians and I haven't looked back since. Here in Australia the profession is taken very seriously.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people on the course and the interesting subjects such as business and legal studies and current awareness. If it weren't for these subjects which I love, I wouldn't be here today doing what I am doing.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Current Awareness. I have led teams in various careers on current awareness. Information professionals always have to be one step ahead and to achieve this we need to be on top of current news items and world events.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I have to say my fellow students. many of whom I am still in contact with now.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it. The university has had an upgrade since I was there. It is a great university, homely.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Fun, thought-provoking and future.

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