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Classnotes

1970s

Elizabeth Hartnell-Young (BA 1971, DipEd 1972, MEdSt 1986), a Research Fellow in the new Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, UK, hosted this year's mLearn conference on mobile learning in Melbourne.

David Hughes (BSc 1973, DipEd 1974) is working as a volunteer in Stonnington, US, delivering maths lectures to retirees.

After spending five years working as Senior/Principal Researcher for ARRB Group, Graham Foley (BE 1977) has launched his own engineering firm, Graham Foley & Associates.

John Finlay (BA 1977, GradDipBkg&Fin 1989), in conjunction with Brisbane Indigenous organisation One Tribe Inc, has set up a memorial fund in honour of friend and fellow graduate Murray Boyd (BA 1976), who passed away in 1997 from complications associated with mesothelioma.

Delysia Farthing (BA 1978), a Fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Management, operates five aged-care facilities in Victoria.

After teaching for several years in Catholic Secondary Education, Catriona Devlin (BEd 1979) is currently Director of Kildara Centre, a facility for spirituality in Melbourne, sponsored by the Brigidine Sisters.

Dean Forbes (PhD Arts 1979) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at Flinders University.

Marketing the library for what it's worth

A desire to promote one of Victoria's great treasures motivated Monash alumnus Greg Honeyman (DipArtDes(Fine Art) 1974, GradDipMktg 1995) to take up the position of Manager, Marketing and Public Affairs, at the State Library of Victoria in May 2006.

Mr Honeyman completed a Diploma of Art and Design at Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1974 and returned to Monash's Clayton campus in 1995 to undertake a Graduate Diploma of Marketing.

Mr Honeyman says the State Library has a huge amount to offer and that a major challenge facing libraries around the world is to reinvent themselves so that they provide effective services in a world that increasingly looks for information online.

"The internet is an amazing resource, and it has created open access to a vast repository of information around the world," he says. "However, it is also a minefield of misinformation, making it difficult to separate credible from non-credible information.

As Victoria's oldest cultural institution, the State Library houses a remarkable range of items. "Many people are surprised to discover the State Library houses Ned Kelly's armour and his famous Jerilderie letter," Mr Honeyman says.

He says the marketing case studies offered as part of his graduate diploma course at Monash were useful in preparing him for the marketing role he holds now at the library.

"They were one of the most valuable things I could have done."

-- Penny Rankin