The 2015 VALA Student Award for a student at RMIT goes to Karen Seligman.
Karen graduated from the University of Melbourne with undergraduate qualifications in both science and law. She worked in management consulting and as an industrial chemist before deciding to undertake the Master of Information Management at RMIT University. Karen pursued a wide range of interests while studying for her masters degree and has been academically successful across the board. However, Karen believes that her training in science particularly enhanced her understanding of the technology subjects and she found topics such as coding, database and thesauri construction, and classification to be elegant and intellectually stimulating. Her extremely high marks in the related subjects have resulted in her nomination for this award. Karen has also been involved with singing for and organising Off the Shelf, a Melbourne-based librarian’s choir, and she is currently working as a freelance blogger for the Booko Blog, writing on book- and library-oriented themes, and as a volunteer in the library at Brunswick South West Primary School.
Congratulations, Karen, and good luck!