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

Profile: Erica Smith: Library Technician, Five Bridges Junior High School

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

Profile: Erica Smith: Library Technician, Five Bridges Junior High School

Article excerpt

How long have you been working in libraries?

I have been working in libraries for twenty-one years.

What was your first job?

My first job was in the local public library. I was in junior high and was hired as a student to shelve books, work the circulation desk, perform puppet shows and host children's story time and craft sessions.

Describe your first library job.

Same as above.

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

I would be a teacher, as I love working with children. It is very rewarding to watch them grow and learn... and having the summer off doesn't hurt either.

What do you like best about your current job?

I love that my job provides me with the ability to interact with students. To put the right book in their hands and then listen to the students describe their reading experiences is most rewarding. Then there is the moment that a student who doesn't regularly visit the library comes in and sits down to read a magazine or graphic novel... You know you have made a difference.

Describe your favorite conference experience.

My favorite conference experience was attending the CLA conference in Newfoundland. This was a joint conference with APLA, CLA and NLLA. I was able to attend great sessions, meet library technicians from across the country and attend the CLA Library Technician Interest Group breakfast meeting.

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time with my family. We spend a lot of time camping, hiking, walking in the park, visiting forts and other historic areas. …

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