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

Profile: Sherry Kropninski

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

Profile: Sherry Kropninski

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Profile: Sherry Kropninski

Library Technician, Port Alberni campus of North

Island College, British Columbia

What was your first job ever?

Hmmm, that's a hard one! So long ago... Well, other than babysitting, I'd have to say it was working at "Esta Villa Motel." I was a sort of Girl Friday - I registered guests, answered switchboard, did laundry and dishes!

Describe your first job in libraries.

North Island College, Port Alberni - at the "old campus". I began with no library experience in a library that didn't even have its collection catalogued yet. I grew as the library grew. I now have my Library Technician diploma from University College of the Fraser Valley.

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

That's easy - I'd either be working at Indigo Chapters or owning and operating my own bookstore.

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

Mary Anne Guenther - Coordinator of Library Services at North Island College, Comox campus library.

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

My mother-in-law: Cecile Coutu-Kropninski. She is a former elementary school teacher and an exceptionally talented seamstress. She also has written several family histories and a book on the French Canadians of Port Alberni. She is kind and nurturing. She is 84 years old and never stops teaching my children new things. …

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