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

Profile: Sarah Felkar: Public Services Assistant West Vancouver Memorial Library

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

Profile: Sarah Felkar: Public Services Assistant West Vancouver Memorial Library

Article excerpt

How long have you been working in libraries?

3 years.

What was your first job?

Working in a magazine distribution warehouse as a general labourer. It was hot and dusty, but there was a lot to read on my breaks.

Describe your first library job.

I was an on-call library assistant with the Surrey Pubic Library, where I had the opportunity to work with a lot of wonderful people amongst 8 branches, in 8 very different neighbourhoods. There I learned about shelf-reading (a good relaxing activity), about holds, fines, and how if the system goes down there are low-tech ways to carry on with little interruption.

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

Either a teacher or someone who works in a used bookstore. A teacher because I love the instructional aspect of my job, helping people learn, and rediscovering the joy of the topic that I am instructing every time I teach a new class.

Working in a used bookstore because I do need to be in a job that can feed my reading addiction.

What do you like best about your current job?

The variety, and the teaching. Every day brings a new set of people into the Computing Centre, with a new set of questions. Every time someone asks me a question that I can't answer right away, I love the process of finding the answer. And the opportunity to teach internet courses is a real joy.

Describe your favorite conference experience. …

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