Hi there, I’m BACK…again…for about the 3rd time and THIS TIME, I’m aiming to keep up regular posts.

I was re looking for a good blog reader, I miss my google reader (I must be old school)  and have dug up my blog and realised there is ALOT of history on here and I first started the blog 8 years ago. There are thoughts swirling around, should I delete this blog? Start a new one? What’s the point? Why not keep writing? What theme should the blog now take?

Well, the blog will keep going and I will let a theme evolve. I might try a few themes and discussions until some clarity happens.
So bear with me, but at least I have started….as I don’t want to keep doing what the featured photo implies, I’m going to START TODAY and keep moving forward….

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…gee, I have just found some old library photos and have realised the funny lengths I have gone to, to promote my library and it’s services.

I am a true believer that libraries must promote themselves to the maximum of their abilities to show patrons what services they offer.

The first photo of myself with a barcode on my head is an informal photo taken as a joke.
The second one I found amongst all my old photos, so I must have been trying to be funny when it comes to promoting library services. I don’t recall this one being used to promote my library, formally.

The third photo from the left, was used to promote my national library service to all of my clients. The ad actually worked and I found more people ringing me for information searching after this initiative was launched.
The last photo, second column was used to promote myself within the Melbourne Office as many staff didn’t know where I sat, it was aimed to take the mickey out of me, to show I’m fun and “at your service”, of which, this promotion also had an increased use in my services.

Therefore, it pays to lose some humility and promote yourself and your library, show that you are NOT invisible within an organisation and let people know you are there to help them with their information needs.

What sort of quirky information promotion have you undertaken in your service?

Does my promotion ideas give you any ideas you could use or do?

Goodluck !!

Gosh, things have progressed very quickly for me. In the last few months or so, I have been deciding to return to work, and also been trying to gauge the sort of job I will have that will “re launch” my career.

It seemed that after a 3 year break, that there were some barriers towards me entering the workforce. This had been lightly mentioned in interviews I have had when I went for senior positions. But luckily, the people called me back, I was turned down on the jobs as other people had “more direct experience”. But I was offered casual work.

I commenced at a public library and was extremely happy with the induction program they ran and the lovely staff they had onboard. I was happy to continue with this work, till…the telephone rings from a University situated in the same area. I went in for a chat not knowing if this was a “mini” interview, a thorough razzing or something informal.

Well, it ended up being “very” informal, lively, fun, informative, and embracing. On the spot, I was offered the job AND “can you start tomorrow”. Woah, I have never been in this situation before.

Firstly, the work sounded much more interesting, challenging, a learning experience and somewhere where all my library training could come to the fore.

After the first two days, I have realised that I have made the right decision. All the the library learning HAS come back and it’s now consolidated as I’m doing ordering, looking at Marc records, transferring files to vendors or finance, downloading information, keeping and adjusting records, liaising with librarians and vendors and I’m LOVING being back with a library team !!!

After some time thinking if I’d taken some steps back in my career by dedicating the last 3 years to my son, I have now let my skills come to fore, to give my life some “work life balance.”

I love you Ronan, but I also need to use my brain !! 🙂 It’s all working out just fine.

As mentioned a few days ago, my career is being re-launched after spending the last 3 years looking after my son. I have loved many many moments of being home with my son, some moments have been trying, and I am now looking to find some balance with him (Ronan) and unleashing my mind back into the workplace.

On Tuesday I commenced work in Public Libraries, a sector I have never worked in, but have always been interested in investing my time and energies in. I have worked in many other sectors, including Tertiary, a “Joint Use” campus of a Uni, TAFE and High School, a number of special and corporate libraries. I am very interested in enhancing the education and knowledge of local communities and believe public libraries will allow me to assist this improvement.

After two days working in Public Libraries have I noticed any differences or similarities to other sectors?? As I strongly believe it should be easier than what it currently is, to move between sectors. The differences are the wide range of the clients, it’s important to understand that Under 18’s have a number of restrictions on their borrowing and internet uses.

And to me, so far, that is the main difference.

The similarities are MANY !! Borrowing, returns, claims returns, holds, information searching, databases, books, CD’s, DVD’s etc. The audience can be different, in special libraries the transaction with the customer and be MUCH longer, where in Publics and Academics, the transaction is “mostly” shorter.

I’d really love to do further research and assessment on this area. What do you think??

Overall, I’m glad to be back. I think I needed to “come back” / “return” in my own time. It’s taken quite a while. But I felt I needed to give Ronan alot of support and then get my own career back on track.

Hi there fellow bloggers, it’s been close to 3 years since I have worked and blogged, but now it’s time to get my brain working towards returning to my “career”, as my son has been given the greatest gift of having my undivided attention for this time, but now it’s time for ME to get some stimulation back into my brain and life!!

I am going to ease back into my blogging and today I’m going to list the 99 things about ME. Feel free to copy and paste this into your own blog

99 things about ME

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band.

4. Visited Hawaii.

5. Watched a meteor shower.
was camping in Germany and couldn’t believe what was happening, then saw on the news the next night some info about the shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world.

8. Climbed a mountain.
The You Yangs, Mt Kosciusko, a small mountain in Andorra

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo.
Can’t sing 😦 drats

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited Paris.
once, loved it

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables.
Lots of vegies, garlic, onion, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
Next time

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
Been to Venice, but didn’t do the gondola

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
LOVE sunsets, not really a fan of sunrise

31. Hit a home run.
When little

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
England, Ireland, Scotland, France etc, and local Australian places

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.
French and Bahasa Indonesian

37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
That’s a big dispute in our family, as we missed it on the map when driving thru Italy !! Ooops

39. Gone rock climbing.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.
Crushed a vertebrae in my back when I fell off a horse, a long time ago

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistene chapel in person.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Once !

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
Many, many times, in East Timor, Bali, Thailand and Australia
52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
Love them

55. Been in a movie.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia.
Want to go

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood.
I’d pass out, wish I could

65. Gone sky diving.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
Visited Auschwitz, in Poland. Very hard to explain this experience, but many people must see it and learn from this lesson in history. Tragic

67. Bounced a cheque.

68. Flown in a helicopter.
When 5 months pregnant

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
A teddy bear

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar.
Tried it, not a fan

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.
Crushed my vertebrae in my back

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
Used to ride a motorbike

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car.
My Hyundai Excel ! Wee

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
A few times, for Pony Club and Librarian promotion items

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one.
A few

94. Had a baby.
Yes, one, he’s nearly 3. Have a stepson who is 25 !

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.
My father used to own bees and took me out to rob them once when I was about 7, he put woolen gloves on me, hence the bees stuck to them, ouch


I hope you enjoyed that little speel about ME, I will write more, very soon. It’s good to be back

Just a quick post to say that my beautiful bundle of joy has arrived, Ronan Baker Stephens arrived last Thursday, 17.7.2008 at St John of God Hospital in Geelong.

He entered the world at 7.30 and weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces, and was 54 cm long (he’s going to be a long jumper).

All is going well and I appreciate people sending me emails or getting in touch with either myself, or Tania Barry, re my news.

I arrived home from hospital yesterday, so we are into all the baby gear, like using the pram and bassinett etc. It is so much fun being a Mum and I appreciate being an older Mum, I feel like I’m pretty organised and thinking ahead of things and what I need to do. Here’s hoping it’s a pretty smooth ride.

If you’d like to send me an email, I’m at jillcstephens@gmail.com.no spam (remove the no spam).

I may not reply for a while, but will see your wishes.


Hi there Blog Readers,

Thought I should give you one last update, before I really tune out on life, for a while.

My baby is due in 3 weeks now, due to arrive “about 26 July”, but who knows when it will choose it’s birth date! I am finding that I’m starting to “tune out” on life and other what nots, so you may not hear from me for a few months.

One accomplishment I have been really proud to get happening, while on maternity leave, is the NLS4 Website (see link to the site, on the right hand side). We opened registrations at few weeks ago, and announced the program and a few keynote speakers, with more announcements to come. We do have an interim plan, for a month or two while I settle into life with a baby, regarding the website updates. It’s good to be prepared in advance for that. The NLS4 team received some very positive feedback from our PCO (Professional Conference Organiser) and their IT Team saying our website is “one of the best they have seen, produced by an organising committee”. Ooooh wow, I feel really proud now. The website has really come together over the last year and a half, and will continue to show it’s true colours, as we get closer to the conference date.

My belly is now growing quite big, uncomfortable at times, with other usual end of the pregnancy related items, including feeling very puffed out / short of breath.

I’ll be sure to post some info about the baby when it’s born, and you may also find out via other friends what the outcome was. Ie. is it a boy or girl? Girl or boy??

Until, a few months time, this Information Super Sleuth, is signing out.