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

Profile: Tiina Payson: Branch Manager, Edmonton Public Library

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

Profile: Tiina Payson: Branch Manager, Edmonton Public Library

Article excerpt

How long have you been working in libraries?

Fourteen years.

What was your first job?

As a high school student for my summer job: Personal care assistant in a Nursing Home. After graduating from university with my BSc I became a Faunal Analyst (identifying animal bone remains from archeological sites).

Describe your first library job.

Seventeen years and four children later I received my MLIS and became a part time reference librarian in a public library branch. It was in this job that I found my passion for public librarianship, in particular the joys of customer service, collection development, readers' advisory and the provision of information services. Though my first ever library work takes me back to my volunteer hours in the school library when I was in Grade 7.

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

Perhaps a psychologist or social worker. I love working with people, helping connect them with the resources they need in their lives, enabling people to discover a greater sense of self worth, connecting them to the community they live and work in.

What do you like best about your current job?

As a manager, I love to help my staff become the best they can be and to facilitate their work environment so they are able to work their best. I have many opportunities to work as a librarian as well, helping everyone and anyone to find what makes their heart sing and fills their knowledge gap. …

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