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

Profile: Ruth Rochlin: Librarian, Interior Health

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

Profile: Ruth Rochlin: Librarian, Interior Health

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How long have you been working in libraries?

22 years

What was your first job?

Clerical work in banks.

Describe your first library job.

My first paid library job was in the Metro Toronto Reference Library. I worked in "Collection Maintenance and Access", i.e., tons of shelving and retrieving requested items from 10 floors of closed stacks. It was a very aerobic job.

However, my first library job was in junior high. I stayed after school and worked in the library because it was fun. (Was I ever going anywhere else?)

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

That question makes me gasp! Not in a library? Maybe I would work in a museum, a gallery or a bookstore: places where there is information and used by people who come because they want to learn something.

What do you like best about your current job?

I learn something every day that I work. I loved university and this is a way to stay in school forever. I'm in healthcare and I feel that I am making a difference.

Describe your favorite conference experience.

I attended CHLA in Quebec City in 2001, and everything about it was stellar. The electronic environment was new in healthcare, and I connected with people that I could discuss the changes with. …

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