New digital librarian for Oamaru

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Debbie Price-Ewen is the new reference and heritage librarian at the Oamaru Public Library, replacing Chris Meech, who has moved to the archives section of the town’s cultural facilities.

Mrs Price-Ewen has moved with her family from New Plymouth, where she was employed at Puke Ariki Museum and Library as team leader, children and young people services team.

She describes herself as a librarian, a writer and an artist and said she loved keeping up-to-date with the latest technology.

A major component of her new role is to support the growth of digital literacy in the library, including training staff, to meet the needs of the community.

“I’m an early adaptor of lifelong learning and literacy,” she said.

“To walk the talk, you need to be an early adaptor to support the community.”

Philip van Zijl, manager libraries and archive, said the reason the library recruited Mrs Price-Ewen was because she is forward-thinking and innovative.

Mr van Zijl was referring to her position as founder and manager of NZeRT, an initiative started in October 2010, which helps librarians, information specialists and educators navigate the e-reading environment.

She is a keen gardener, particularly herbs, is interested in ceramics and aims to exhibit some of her latest artwork, entitled Homework, here in Oamaru.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY – Newcomer Debbie Price-Ewen at her desk in the Oamaru Public Library.