The Albany Public Library is fortunate to have a dedicated team working hard for our community. Here are some of the familiar faces that you will see when you pop in. Feel free to say hi!
Paul Nielsen, Manager Library Services
I love my job, because I believe in the power of public libraries to play transformative roles in people’s lives. I am passionate about the role libraries play in society and am excited by the challenges ahead to ensure they evolve with changing technologies amid a tight economic landscape. It is my privilege to lead a passionate and dedicated team to deliver the best possible service with the resources at our disposal to the Albany community.
I am active within the wider Library profession, something that I feel is critical for regional libraries to ensure our voice is heard where it needs to be. I am a past Chair of the WA Regional Librarians Group and a member of the Public Libraries WA Executive Committee. When I’m not at work, family and sport occupy my time. If it’s not following cricket, rugby, footy or soccer, then I may be reading .I don’t get to read as much as I'd like but yes I am a librarian who enjoys reading!
Contact me on (08) 6820 3610 or via E-mail
Julia Mitchell, Adult Services Librarian
Responsible for developing, promoting and delivering Library services for adults and the general community for the City of Albany.
I began working at the Albany Public Library more than 19 years ago and obviously love my job. I previously worked in the Albany History Collection and whilst I am now working as the Adult Services Librarian, I have still retained a love of local history.
My role includes selecting resources for the Adult Library as well as organising events such as author presentations and book launches. I thoroughly enjoy this and all aspects of my job.
I am a voracious reader, and interests outside of Libraries include making jewellery and fishing. Weather permitting, I try to get out on our boat most weekends and am most happy when I reel in a dhufish – especially if it is bigger than the one my husband caught.
Whilst I originally hail from New Zealand and therefore am a mad keen All Black supporter, after 34 years of living in Australia I have finally recognised that Australian Rules Football is a game of skill and extreme fitness. I have been a Dockers supporter since the club’s inception.
I love living in Albany and truly believe that we live in the best part of Australia.
Contact me on (08) 6820 3612 or via E-mail
Dora Adeline, Youth Services Librarian
I have the absolute pleasure of being responsible for developing, promoting and delivering Library services and programs for youth and the general community for the City of Albany and am lucky enough to be working with the best team.
I am passionate about building early childhood literacy and nurturing children’s love of reading. Delivering programs to families with young children like Rhymetime and Storytime is the highlight of my day and a welcome break from administrative tasks. I love seeing how much joy the library brings to children and families.
In my spare time I like to squeeze in some excitement like challenging swims and runs with the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club and more recently keeping up with one of my children as we negotiate the Mt Adelaide mountain bike tracks. I also enjoy playing Guitar Hero with my other children including Jamie.
Contact me on (08) 6820 3611 or via E-mail
Kimberley, Library Systems & eResources Coordinator
I have worked at the Library since 2009 in the role of Library Systems & eResource Coordinator. This role involves setting up and supporting library technology, software and online resources.
I get a lot of satisfaction when things go to plan, but also enjoy the challenge when something breaks. One of the most satisfying parts of my job is showing people how to use our wealth of online resources. They are always fantastic moments when someone downloads an eBook for the first time!
Outside of work I like to spend time with family and friends, travelling, gaming and reading.
Contact me on (08) 6820 3613 or via E-mail
Soraya Majidi, Library Special Projects and Grants Coordinator
My role, on paper, is to coordinate and implement special projects for the library and I was originally contracted to oversee the digitisation of particular archival materials in the Albany History Collection. Over time my job has evolved to become more focused on community development projects as the library continues to grow into a dynamic community hub. I love working with the wider community and am passionate about finding ways in which the library can support, collaborate and connect with the community. An example of a successful collaborative project was Books on Prescription, the details of which can be accessed on our library’s website.
In my spare time I love to read, walk on Albany’s gorgeous beaches and spend time with friends and family. I also subscribe to a number of online blogs and newsletters which focus on public libraries and it’s interesting to see just how in sync our library is with public libraries throughout the world.
Contact me on (08) 6820 3617 or via E-mail
Sue Lefroy, Local History Coordinator
In what I consider one of the best jobs in the library, my principal role involves assisting patrons retrieve information in relation to local and district history as well as collecting, preserving and promoting access to historical archives and information. The discoveries of research are exciting and engaging and the exchange of information through conversation makes my job a rich and rewarding experience.
Enquires are broad and can relate to genealogy, historic residences and other buildings, local events, civic figures, places and localities, military connections, exploration and development, indigenous history, European settlement and natural history. Working with treasured historic records of images, indexes, original documents and publications, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and film, I am constantly reminded of their unique definition of our heritage. My role brings me into contact with a wide range of patrons whose enquiries may be general or specific to the needs of schools, educators, academics, authors and historical agencies.
I have the best of both worlds in the library, working in the specific area of local history as well my regular shifts on the front circulation desk where I attend to general enquires. When patrons can leave the Albany History Collection and the library further informed on any topic, it becomes an enriching experience for us all.
Contact me on (08) 6820 3624 or via E-mail