Rachel Payne Karasick


RKI am currently the Library Manager of Reid Library at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) in Canberra, Australia. I received my Masters’ of Library and Information Science degree from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in May of 2017. If you’re wondering how to pronounce my last name, just rhyme it with ‘Jurassic’ and you’re good to go.

I have wide-ranging experience in academic and public libraries, with a background in project management, fundraising, and technical services. In my current role at CIT, I manage a comprehensive library and learning service at Reid Library and work with a great team to develop digital and information literacy programs, and liaise with teaching staff to maintain and
develop learning resources.
Prior to stepping into this role, I worked as a science librarian at the Australian National University, providing classroom instruction, research support, and collection development for the medical school.

Before attending library school, I worked as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, where I successfully secured funding to support a variety of initiatives, including STEM programming; exhibitions of contemporary art and archival collections; makerspaces; expansion of workforce development programs; accessibility services; and youth education. I have previously worked for environmental non-profits in communications, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. From 2010-2011, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Corvallis, Oregon where I developed a new youth garden and coordinated a low-income Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

When I’m not in a library, I can be found tromping around in the woods, gardening, going for leisurely bike rides, or futzing around with a new DIY project.

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