My name is Emma Sherie and I’m the District Librarian in Buller – based in Westport. I am very passionate about e-learning and digital skills. I was a primary school teacher before I moved into the library world and I completed a post-grad in e-learning, which I was awarded distinction for in 2017. My research was focused on the digital divide and I’m hugely passionate about making a difference in this area. This is something that affects my community greatly because of the low socioeconomic status of the area.
Between teaching and taking up my current position I worked at EPIC Westport, a tech hub setup in Westport, in the role of Community Engagement. In that position I was required to research, plan and deliver digital skills programmes for the community. This included working with programmers and other ICT professionals and allowed me to be exposed to 3D printing, virtual reality and CNC technology. Since becoming a District Librarian I have become a member with LIANZA and received my registration.
I hope to bring back the knowledge and connections that I gain from this hui to the West Coast – to share with my colleagues and to continue work on the digital strategy I’m developing with my community to help them become more connected to the world.
LIANZA acknowledges the support of Buller District Libraries in getting Emma to Wellington for the day. If your library can send someone to this important hui, please register your interest by Friday March 15 at https://www.digitalskillsforum.nz/digital-skills-hui-2019/register/