Meet your library staff: Stuart Lambert

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Stuart Lambert.

Quick overview

  • Find me at:  Mainly at the College of Art and Mount Gravatt campuses in the library.
  • What I do: I work on the front desk helping students and staff with various issues. These can include wireless support, referencing help, printing issues, etc… I also help with back office duties (mainly attending to digital channels).
  • My Griffith story: At the time of writing this I have only been with Griffith for a little over two months and thoroughly enjoying every minute. Griffith has great opportunities to progress your career, it’s up to the individual to make it happen.

Steal Stuart’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: PLANNING! At the beginning of each trimester do a table in Excel that outlines what assessment tasks you will be doing, how much they’re worth, and most importantly when each assessment is due. Stick it on your wall at home in front of your study desk (don’t just rely on reminders in your calendar). Being able to study effectively will flow from this first initial step. Also, if you are going to procrastinate (as we all do at times when we need a bit of a break) at least do something useful like some housework or exercise, you won’t feel as guilty and hence be more focused.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: The biggest blunder I see students making is leaving their assignment to the very last minute, and I mean still working on it an hour before it’s due. What I did when going through uni to avoid this common mistake is set a personal due date (in your mind) and have everything finished and submitted one day before the actual due date. You never know when computers will fail or printing systems will be down, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: I know everyone says this, but anyway, buy shares in Apple! When I was 18 they were less than $1.50 per share.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: How to find solutions to most problems, or where to find the information. Also, how to find my way around the Griffith Conservatorium (no wait, I’m still learning that).

Get to know Stuart

  • Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, Analytical, Logical.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A Jockey, but then I realised I really don’t like horses enough (or racing) so probably not a great career choice.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Buying my first house. And currently working on purchasing my second.
  • Fun fact: When I was a child I broke my arm (by falling out of bed).

Meet your library staff: Matthew Taylor

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Matthew Taylor.

Quick overview

  • Find me at: Logan campus library.
  • What I do: Frontline Library Services – help students find resources and troubleshoot their problems away.
  • My Griffith story: In 2015 I completed a two weeks practicum at the Gold Coast campus library and was lucky enough to be offered a job afterwards by the wonderful Julie Aslett.

Steal Matthew’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: Scaffold your assignment – break your assignment up into small pieces, plan each section out and ensure you are making a cohesive argument by bringing it all together.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Not asking for help soon enough. Never be afraid to ask for help, University staff want you to succeed.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Grow up quicker 😉 and don’t waste your money on cars.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: Learning is a life long adventure and if you work in a field you enjoy then it is never a chore.

Get to know Matthew

  • Describe yourself in three words: Unassuming, considerate, rational.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A professional athlete or a race car driver.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Raising a 15 year old daughter that I am incredibly proud of.
  • Fun fact: Doing things that scare you will make you happier.

Meet your library staff: Naidene Sartori

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Naidene Sartori.

Quick Overview

  • Find me at: Library service desk on the Gold Coast,
  • What I do: Answer an array of queries, mostly to do with lending, printing and troubleshooting computer or wifi issues. When I am not at the Library service desk I am behind the scenes answering phones, chat, email and web form queries. I also will spend part of my day shelving, processing library holds and general circulation duties.
  • My Griffith story: I was lucky to get a team member position here at Library in 2016 after doing a work placement. I have had the opportunity to work at a number of campuses and had a stint working as the Assistant Library Campus Coordinator at Nathan for a short time. Griffith University is an amazing place to work, with so many supportive people and opportunities to progress.

Steal Naidene’s wisdom

  • Best study tip for students: Find your perfect study space. A quiet place to study with no distractions. Yes turn off your phone and stay away from social media! It is amazing how much better you feel after a focused study session.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Turning up to an exam without a pen or calculator. You should always carry more than one pen with you when you are on Campus!
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Stop comparing yourself to your peers, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses,
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: Raise your hand for the bigger stuff. While volunteering for more challenging projects or tasks in the short-term it is scary, you will learn new skills, and progress in your career faster.

Get to know Naidene

  • Describe yourself in three words: Creative, Kind, Introvert.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A professional musician. I learnt the Clarinet and Piano from a young age and it was my dream to perform with an orchestra.
  • Greatest accomplishment: So far… releasing my debut single Nevermore on iTunes and Spotify.
  • Fun fact: In 2013 I traveled to a small rural town in Bolivia to teach music to blind children.

Meet your library staff: Shelly Vidler

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Shelly Vidler.

Quick Overview

  • Find me at: The library desk at Nathan campus, or Logan on Fridays.
  • What I do: I provide library and IT support, on the library desk and via digital channels (phone, chat, email, webforms).
  • My Griffith story: I started studying at Griffith while in high school through the GUESTS program. I then did my bachelors and honours degrees here, and I’ve worked here ever since!

Steal Shelly’s wisdom

  • Best study tip for students: Follow the advice of Nike: just do it. Start studying and working on assignments early. Even if you don’t want to. Start writing that assignment at least two weeks out; just write a bit a day, even if you think it’s s***. Trust me, future you will look at it, go “good enough”, and thank past you.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Students losing their USB! It happens all the time, and I’ve seen many tears. Save your stuff to Google Drive, guys!
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Choose a degree which has good employment prospects, and do as many internships as you can.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: I think I’ve learnt a lot about myself!

Get to know Shelly

  • Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, kind, easy-going.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A lawyer. I really wanted to have a car with air conditioning in the back, my father said only Jaguars have that and you’d have to be really rich to afford a Jaguar, I asked him what job I’d have to do in order to afford a Jaguar: lawyer. I also wanted to be 5’7 (hey, I’m only 3 inches off!)
  • Greatest accomplishment: Buying my first home at 21. I’m real-estate obsessed.
  • Fun fact: I have webbed toes, and no, it doesn’t help me swim any faster.

Meet your library staff: Rhiannon Reid

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Rhiannon Reid.

Quick overview

  • Find me at: Library front desk QCGU, or “behind the scenes” throwing together folders for Music Issue.
  • What I do: Mostly printing/lending queries but I have on occasion played therapist, disciplinarian, and, awkwardly, alarm clock, waking up kids who fall asleep on beanbags.
  • My Griffith story: I started at Griffith in 2014 and have been lucky enough to stick around ever since. During that time I’ve worked across several campuses, and on several challenging projects. As my first out of uni job, it has taught me a lot and been very eye-opening.

Steal Rhiannon’s wisdom

  • Best study tip for students: Find someone you trust to proofread. Typos hapen to godd people way too often…
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Typos. See above. .
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Put down the eyeliner, you are NOT as cool as you think you are. Also, be nicer to your mother. And don’t get so stressed about having no idea what you want to do with your life. Hot tip, in 10 years you’ll still be unsure. But at least you won’t have so much eyeliner on and you’re being nicer to your mother.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: It is possible to enjoy the work environment you spend hours in. Several of my colleagues have been some of the kindest and most generous to me during some of the hardest times of my life.

Get to know Rhiannon

  • Describe yourself in three words: Creative, avid reader
  • Growing up I wanted to be: An actor (those Year 3 drama lessons pay off on the front desk A LOT) and/or a writer. But mostly Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Greatest accomplishment: TBA
  • Fun fact: I wrote this whole thing with an Ed Sheeran song stuck in my head. I wonder if it shows…