The iCentre is staffed by a professional team of people who can support students with research and literature enquiries, technology and eLearning assistance, careers advice, textbook hire, borrowing resources and equipment and using iCentre facilities such as printing and copying.
Helen Stower, teacher-librarian, heads the Information Services team as the Program Leader : iCentre. In this role, she focuses on preparing learners to participate in society as socially aware, active and informed citizens by developing readers and information and digital literacies to facilitate lifelong learning.
Helen completed a Bachelor of Arts and postgraduate studies in both Education and Teacher Librarianship. She has a background as a Social Sciences teacher and 10 years experience as a teacher-librarian, joining the iCentre team in 2011. She is presently completing her Masters in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation at Charles Sturt University.
She enjoys literary reads and contemporary YA fiction and historical fiction with an Australian flavour. Kate Grenville is a favourite author.
The chance to engage her community with great stories is what she enjoys most about her role. Helen is passionate about enabling others and believes libraries are great at this because they provide communities with spaces and services that are educational, social and democratizing. Relishing the challenge of change that technology has initiated, she is enjoying the journey of libraries embracing a new era and loves the conversations she has with her colleagues in the field about how school libraries are going about reimagining their services. She gets lots of energy from working with teenagers as they do from her and feels incredibly lucky to be working in such a great place.
Krystal Gagen, a teacher-librarian, joined our team in 2016. As a literacy specialist, she helps develop our learners’ traditional, information and digital literacies and works mainly with the middle years students.
Krystal has a background as both a Music and Social Sciences teacher and has had experience as a Teacher-Librarian in a primary library. She has completed her Masters of Education in Teacher-Librarianship and brings a refreshing perspective to the team.
She loves reading, especially YA fiction, but is also a devotee of the fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres. She has recently discovered a taste for graphic novels.
Krystal loves the fact that she has a job that allows her to share her love of reading. Her favourite times are campfire sessions where she and her students can talk, share and recommend books to each other. Her posts on Instagram show that reading is cool and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Jacqueline Bodel is our Library Technician and has joined the iCentre team in 2016. She is our Systems Specialist and looks after the cataloguing, administration and services on a daily basis in the iCentre.
Jacqueline has a varied work background and has worked in executive assistant roles and as a library assistant and library technician in public libraries and in both primary and secondary schools. She has completed her Bachelor of Information Studies majoring in Librarianship and is presently undertaking further study in children’s literature.
She is an avid reader of both contemporary fiction and the classics, and also has a massive children’s book collection. She loves buying children books for her niece and nephew.
It is the variety of tasks, working with other like-minded, passionate people, and sharing the love of literature and reading that she values the most about her job.
Annette Langusch is one of our Library Assistants and a customer service specialist who joined the iCentre team in 2014. Her role has a customer service emphasis interacting at the circulation desk, and promoting our services and resources through physical and digital displays and through community connections via social media.
Annette has always had an interest in the educational sector and libraries and has worked at both South Bank Institute of TAFE and Wellington public libraries. She completed a Diploma of Library and Information Services from South Bank Institute of TAFE and during this time she did both her work placement and volunteer work at Mt Alvernia’s iCentre. She is presently studying Bachelor of Information and Library Studies at Charles Sturt Uni.
Annette loves reading widely from the classics to fantasy and historical fiction. Her favourite author is Tim Winton and she has a passion for Australian literature and supporting local authors.
She loves working in an educational setting and supporting the students and teachers in their learning and reading for enjoyment. Success for her is knowing that she has helped somebody, whether it be with their photocopying, information enquiry, or by recommending a good book to read. As a mother of a past student, she appreciates the difference she can make in their day.
Melissah Lester is one of our Library Assistants and a customer service specialist who also joined the iCentre team in 2014. Her role has a customer service emphasis interacting at the circulation desk, and promoting our services and resources through physical and digital displays and through community connections via social media.
Melissah has a work background in both law and marketing. With young children of her own, she then pursued a career as both a teacher aid and library aid at a primary school before joining our team. She has completed a Certificate III in Information and Cultural Studies and is presently studying a Bachelor of Information and Library Studies at Charles Sturt Uni.
She really enjoys reading contemporary literature and brings both a love of reading and of learning to her role. Using her creative and marketing talents, she loves producing displays and using Instagram to help our students to find their next #greatread and to promote everyday life in our much-loved library.
As a past student, she feels very much at home here at Mt A and enjoys the interaction with all members of our community in her role. She especially loves the fact that her job allows her to marry her love of reading with being creative and marketing our resources and services to both the Mt A and wider community.
Samara Howell is our iCentre and BookHire support specialist who joined the iCentre in 2011 when still a Uni student. Her role involves managing the distribution and organisation of the Book Hire collection as well as providing processing and circulation desk support.
She has a background of studying in Psychology, Special Education and English teaching. She has a Bachelor of Psychology from ACU and a Post Graduate degree in Psychological Science. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Secondary specialising in Special Education.
Samara is a library lover and an avid reader. She introduced the rest of the staff to the dystopian genre, and is a voracious fantasy reader too. She also loves reading biographies and novels that deal with issues that make you think.
Feeling at home in a library, Samara loves checking out all the new books and recommending them to students, chatting with them at the circulation desk and helping them discover a new genre and great new reads.