Derek Yap is a Systems Librarian and Cataloguer, part of the Library Services team at the Innovations Common at Yukon College. Coffee, travel and union activism keeps him busy outside of the library. He has lived in the North since 2002 and calls Whitehorse his home.
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
My favourite part of library work is helping people connect to resources they need to answer the question or questions they have. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing a student tell me that they aced an assignment!
What are you reading or watching right now?
I am in the process of cataloguing a group of books acquired for our new Indigenous Governance program at Yukon College, and I can’t help but read them because of their perspectives on identity, sovereignty, and history. These books help me be a better ally in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, of which one in four attend Yukon College.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
There is all kinds of work out there, so be open to unexpected possibilities and opportunities.
What’s the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
The living moss wall in our new Innovation Commons gives everyone who comes in something to talk about.
What makes you passionate about library work?
Helping people and watching people grow makes me passionate about library work, and make coming into work every day a real pleasure.