What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
I fell in love with the idea of becoming a librarian after working as a C@P (Community Access Program) intern at a public library. I spent the summer teaching adults and seniors new technology skills, as well as working circulation and participating in events for the summer reading program. Upon graduating from my undergrad, I began working at the same public library and it was during this time that I seriously began to think about taking my MLIS.
Originally from Cape Breton, attending Dalhousie meant that I could live close to my friends and family back home; I attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and loved living in the city. Dalhousie’s MLIS program offered opportunities that interested me such as internships, mentorship program, and research opportunities.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
I have a background working in public libraries and I wanted a different experience during my time at Dalhousie. In the future, I hope to work at an academic library in a research or teaching capacity, therefore getting academic library experience was important to me.
I was drawn to the Sexton Library internship because of the smaller size of the library and their focus on engineering and architecture. With my arts background, I worried about working at a library that focuses on disciplines I know little about, but have found it challenging and rewarding to interact with students from different backgrounds.
Your educational background
I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Classics from Saint Mary’s University. During my undergraduate, I participated in the International Chinese Studies Program at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai in Zhuhai, China.
What have you been doing during your internship?
During the school year, I assisted with the on-going serials project. We moved serials, listed record information in a spreadsheet, updated record holdings, and weeded serials we were not keeping. This project has been ongoing and will continue into the summer as we work on the basement serials.
So far this summer, I have worked updating LibGuides to the new format, created informative displays, continued to conduct reference interviews, assisted staff, worked the circulation desk, created training materials, cleaned damaged materials, and organized holdings.
Fun and interesting facts about you:
My roommate and I are working on a children’s book about my two cats, Charles and Frankie. Emily, a NSCAD student, will illustrate and I will write the story.
Both of my parents are avid readers and supporters of our local library. I owe my love of books and the library to them.
I am Co-Chair of SIMSA for 2018-2019, an executive member of SIMConnect, and look forward to getting more involved during my second year.