Traveller. Investigator. Writer. Editor. Four words that describe who I am. A seasoned traveller with a love of learning about new places, people and cultures. I take those experiences and distil them into words.
I was also a police investigator for many years, where I needed to both look and see. I have an eye for the small details. I make sure my words say what I mean in a way that makes them accessible to more people.
I’m relaxed and approachable. I crave to make the written words of myself and others the best they can be.
Traveller. Investigator. Writer. Editor. This is who I am.
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I am currently a Library Officer (Digital Services). I have previous experience as a photographer and investigation experience in policing. I work well in teams and independently. I am disciplined, with an eye for detail. I am an experienced researcher, writer and editor. I also write fiction, mostly in the crime genre.
Key skills and attributes
Demonstrated interpersonal, written and oral communication skills by working on various committees and sub-committees, writing reports to be presented at council meetings, writing speeches, and running numerous training sessions for staff and customers.
Demonstrated active listening, communication, and problem-solving when working on public counters within all library branches and Council’s principal office, as well as when answering Council’s incoming telephone system.
A positive and energetic team member that has worked with and led a variety of teams.
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro), Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook), Canva, WordPress, and Squiz 6 content management system.
Able to research, plan, design and implement a variety of marketing materials for library programs, as well as designing and laying out large corporate documents (Annual Report, Strategic Plan), liaising with commercial printers and delivering print-ready files.
2016 to present
Light Regional Council Library Service
Library Officer – Digital Services
Demonstrated abilities to: assist with customer enquiries; operate a computerised library management system; interpret customer needs to assist managers with recommendations for collection development; maintain digital assets; research, create and deliver presentations to other library services and state bodies; produce a library newsletter and website; assess staff and customer IT problems and implement solutions; design, create and deliver statutory corporate documentation; create marketing materials; write speeches; and support Council’s IT Department.
2014 to 2016
Ken Lyons Photography
Photographer and business owner
Portrait, event, real estate and travel photographer delivering services to the local community, nationally and internationally. Responsible for research, creation and marketing of relevant services, including photography workshops.
South Australia Police (SAPOL)
Qualified to the rank of Sergeant, I worked in various areas within SAPOL where I worked in a team environment, both as a team member and supervisor. I investigated many criminal matters, trained recruits and peers, as well as researching, developing and implementing training resources that were used throughout the state.
- Institute of Professional Editors (Associate)
- Australian Society of Authors (Associate)
- Australian Library and Information Association