This week we spoke with Romany Manuell from Monash University.

What am I reading?

I’ve been reading Tony Juniper’s book What has Nature Ever Done for Us? This offers a great starting point for understanding how the natural world and our economy are intertwined and identifies the need for change.

The Interview

Job title?
Subject Librarian for Art, Design and Architecture

What’s the best part of your job?
The weird and wonderful queries! E.g. What’s the best material for an intravenous port?

Favourite book? Favourite magazine?
Grapes of Wrath, Peppermint Magazine.

What will the library of the future be like? (In one sentence)
A place where people are more important than things.

Most common query in the library?
What exactly is “Turabian”?

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. So much coffee.

What job would you do if you weren’t a librarian?
A presenter of crafts on PlaySchool.

Should the library be quiet or a place for discussion?
Why not both? 😉

Thanks again, Romany!

We have a new set of questions at the ready! Would you like to participate or nominate a colleague?
As always, you can reach me at