Patrick McCullagh grew up in Ottawa and after exploring different career paths in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal he settled down in Lethbridge, Alberta to become the Bookmobile Coordinator for the Lethbridge Public Library.
What’s an average day at your library?
An average day is getting the Bookmobile ready for the day. This includes gathering in-transit items, capturing holds, and getting the vehicle ready. Once we are ready to head out, the Bookmobile attends stops within the community to provide library services to the public.
What was the first job you ever had?
I worked at La Bottega, an Italian deli and specialty food store in the Byward Market in Ottawa.
What was your first position in the library or information field?
I volunteered while in library school but the first job I had was the Bookmobile Coordinator at Lethbridge Public Library.
How do you stay up to date in your field?
I read articles in library magazines, stay in touch with members of the community to understand their needs, and keep contact with my networks in other Canadian cities.
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
I enjoy interacting with the community and providing them a service that they appreciate.
What are you reading or watching right now?
I am reading the Penn Case series by Greg Iles and Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
Running a social club that supports adults coming together to share experiences with each other.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
A photo of my dog when he made the local paper. I love my dog!
What makes you passionate about library work?
Getting the knowledge and the tools in the hands of the people who will change the world! Knowledge is Power!