Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Profile: Susan Murray, MLS, MA, AHIP

Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Profile: Susan Murray, MLS, MA, AHIP

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Profile: Susan Murray, MLS, MA, AHIP

Manager, Consumer Health Information Service, Toronto Public Library

What was your first job ever?

Babysitting for particularly difficult children - I had a reputation of being able to handle anyone. The secret of my success? I set limits - "you do this, you die" - and they appreciated the structure and candour. My favourite summer job was working in the Fisher-Price Toy Factory (the motto: "Our work is child's play") where I nailed the dollhouses, tested the doorbells, and checked the little people's faces (who lived in the houses) for deformities.

Describe your first job in libraries.

Library assistant at St. Michael's College Library while I was a university student. I worked my way up from being a desk person/shelver to the Reference Librarian when she was on vacation.

If you weren't a librarian/library worker, what would you be? Why?

A university professor in Slavic Studies. I majored in Russian History and Literature in my undergraduate studies and would have gone on with this if my language skills had been better.

Who has been a big inspiration/influence on your library career?

Mrs. McGrath, the Reference Librarian at St. Michael's College Library, encouraged me to go into librarianship. There were other librarians along the way who inspired me, such as Gale Moore and Carole Moore at the University of Toronto.

Name one person you admire (outside of libraries) and explain why.

June Callwood. Her life-long commitment to social justice, especially the "underserved" members of society is an inspiration. She also contributed much to the sphere of healthcare, such as the establishment of Casey House. …

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