Ryan Siriwardene …Success Story

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All Jobs for INALJ can be found here: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 Updated daily  Naomi House’s interview with success story Ryan.

ryans1Naomi:  How did you find your current job?
Ryan:  I was on a solo roadtrip from Melbourne to Cairns last year in November, Moreton Bay posted the ‘Senior Library Assistant’ position on a Job seeking website called Seek. www.seek.com.au

Naomi:  Favorite library you have been to?
Ryan:  Brentwood Public Library, Nashville – aesthetic wise.  Yarra Plenty Library – Diamond Valley or Eltham branch – collection wise.  The reason I put two library services in I could not say one was better than other. Each has a strong point and why it is memorable to me.

Naomi:  Favorite book?
Ryan:  I hardly read unfortunately, which I am hoping to get back into with this new position.

Four to Score – Janet Evanovich

Tintin and the Picaros – Herge = Children’s book

Naomi:  Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Ryan:  More people are becoming aware that libraries are not just a quiet space for study and borrowing books. I like the fact we Re promoting literacy by promoting events such as meet this author, cooking demonstrations, free wireless.

Naomi:  Any websites or feeds or blogs we should be following?
Ryan:  My blog if you like 😛

I would really recommend getting involve in Twitter, it has really boomed compared to when I first joined the social medium website in 2007. Also any forums in www.linkedin.com based on ALA and ALIA. Add me @ryansiri to your twitter and have a look at some of the people I am following and add to your twitter following.

Naomi:  Best piece of job hunting advice?
Ryan:  VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER and when you do take note of the little duties you complete as they may have help when thinking of examples on how to answer the selection Criteria in positions you apply for. When you volunteer don’t just limit yourself to Libraries as they can be transferable when you do apply for librarian positions.

If you are single and have nothing to tie you down, relocate, it is hard I know as I am experiencing it right now emotionally but also professionally but it is great way to expand yourself both personally and professionally.





I am Ryan Siriwardene. I will be 30 at the end of March and just secured my first full time job in Queensland. Located 30 minutes away from the city, I will be doing outreach programming at the Deception Bay branch.  I have moved up from Melbourne and away from family and friends for this job so it is a huge risk for me personally and professionally. I graduated from RMIT University in Information and Knowledge Management. If I could describe myself in a couple of words it would be determined, enthusiastic and interactive.


Updated 5/6/13