Sawatdii kaa! I’m a children’s/teen librarian working at an international school in Thailand.
I got into librarianship in the usual way of things back in the UK, doing a graduate trainee year followed by an MA, followed by a move into public libraries – if you want to see the CV it’s at my Linkedin page.
I got into the international librarian thing by accident, first volunteering in Mexico, and now working at a school in Thailand. However, I now find the whole angle it gives on information/literature access absolutely fascinating. Thai is a beautiful language, which I’m slowly learning, but the Thai publishing industry is not as developed as others are, with some companies relying on translations rather than original works. I’m also becoming a bit of a Manga fan (Japanese manga is massive in Thailand, and publishers are finally starting to finance Thai manga series now). I’m finding South-East Asia a fascinating place to be right now, and it’s going to be really interesting to see how it changes in the next few years and the extent to which it can benefit from technological developments.
Professionally, at the moment my concerns are getting ebooks into the school (and out of it – as in checked out), encouraging parents to use the library, and getting to the point where senior students aren’t borrowing a mere fraction of what junior students borrow.
When it comes down to it, I’m really interested in finding out about new ways to put the right book in the right hand, whether it’s an ebook or a pbook. I’m also fascinated by the philosophy behind education and teaching, though I don’t know much about it yet. I basically believe that a good public library system is the foundation for any truly civilised society!