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

Profile: Rena Bartsch

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

Profile: Rena Bartsch

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Profile: Rena Bartsch

Executive Director, Wheatland Regional Library, Saskatchewan

What was your first job ever?

Server at McDonalds! I threw up my first day at work after standing over the hot fryer for hours. I did earn enough money in two years to travel to Paris with my French class and to go to university for a year.

Describe your first job in libraries.

I was a page and check-out clerk at a small college library, St. Thomas More, at the University of Saskatchewan. We had to shelve books on three levels of the library. The bottom two levels were accessible only by a narrow circular staircase. We called it the "dungeon."

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

An archaeologist. I love investigating the lives of ordinary people who lived long ago. Plus, you get to dig in the dirt.

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

Muriel Dickson of the Saskatoon Public Library and Adele Fasick, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto. Muriel was always an oasis of calm in the storm of office politics. She had great common sense and was an inspirational administrator. Adele Fasick brought librarianship alive for me and inspired me to make my career in public libraries. She was a truly great professor. …

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