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

Profile: Leanne Baldwin: Public Services Library Technician, Red River College

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

Profile: Leanne Baldwin: Public Services Library Technician, Red River College

Article excerpt

How long have you been working in libraries?

I have been working in libraries for approximately 36 years in various positions.

What was your first library job?

My very first library job was working for the St. James School Division, at Lincoln Elementary School in Winnipeg, as a Library Technician.

Describe your first library job.

I was hired by the school division just before I graduated from the Library Technology program at Red River College in 1973. I felt very fortunate to have been offered the position at Lincoln Elementary School, as my first library job. As a Library Technician, I worked very hard that first year learning the routine of the library and becoming familiar with all the children and staff. Some of my basic duties were charging out books, processing books, shelving, arranging book displays and monitoring classes when they came into the library.

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

If I had not taken the Library Technician program at Red River College, I would have found my way into the Advertising Art field, to become an ad artist. My passion has always been drawing and the Ad Art program at RRC was actually my first choice as a career, not the Library field.

What do you like best about your current job?

As a Public Services Library Technician, working at the Reference Desk at the Princess Street Campus, I love helping and directing students find information for their assignments. Working with young people is fun, they are full of energy and eager to learn.

Describe your favorite conference experience.

One of my favorite conference experiences was at the CLA/BCLA Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, B.C. in 2004. I stayed in residence at the University of Victoria, a beautiful campus. …

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