On Monday this week, we had a Charles Sturt University student visit of one person. Amelia Carlin is completing her Master of Information Studies by distance while living overseas. Paris, to be exact. And if that’s not enough to make you jealous, Amelia works at the American Library in Paris
Amelia is employed as Collections and Reference Assistant, and is home in Sydney for a few weeks while the library is closed for renovations.
Originally set up in the 1920s for ex-pat Americans, the Library is open to the public. It is right in the heart of Paris. When Amelia steps outside the library door, the Eiffel Tower looms overhead. There are three librarians, plus a slew of volunteers and students. The collection consists of over 120,000 mainly English language publications: English and American literature, non-fiction, sociology and the arts. But it’s the extensive periodical collection, with its vintage fashion magazines that draws Parisian fashion designers looking for inspiration for their next collection. Issues of Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar from the 1940s are the most popular – just as they are in our Library.