Thursday, April 19, 2012

Your Voice - What is the Best Part of Working in a Library?

M. Johnson, Branch Librarian, Children, Teens, and Family at Crowfoot Library, is a very passionate advocate for public libraries.  She lists the following as the best parts of working at a library:

·         Hearing children laugh

·         Giving nods of encouragement to customers and having them return to the library to tell you that they have been successful i.e. they got the job, improved their health, met new friends….

·         Being witness to the full range of the human condition and human emotions

·         And, educating and encouraging lifelong learning.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Your Voice - What is the Best Part of Working in a Library?

C. Almiron, Reference Assistant at Crowfoot Library, asserts that working at the library is a great job because:

·         You're paid to learn--we take training to use databases, give great storytimes and tours, teach technology courses. Many of these things can be used in our personal lives, not just at home. You also get to do things you never thought you could do. I, for example, never thought I'd do major event planning.

·         You become much more aware of what's going on in your community. Publications like the Calgary HeraldFFWD, and Avenue tend to write about big events. Working at the Library, you become even aware of the cultural organizations and agencies that are running worthwhile programs and events. Most of which are free!

·         What you do actually matters and makes a difference in people's lives. Promoting literacy in all its forms is very rewarding.

·         And, other people think you're lucky to work at a library. There's a perceived charm and romance to certain jobs, like working in a candy store, the zoo, or being a journalist, that might have nothing to do with reality, but people get excited when they hear what you do.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Your Voice - What is the Best Part of Working in a Library?

S. Regnier, Reference Assistant at Crowfoot Public Library

The best part of working at the library is that she gets to learn something new every day through her reference interviews with customers with varying information needs.  She completed a degree in Geography, because she wanted to study the world, and now, in her chosen profession, she is "literally surrounded by the whole world, in books and other sources of information."  In addition, she really appreciates the democratic and open nature of the public library.  In her words, "it is a public library, open to everyone."