Lauren is the new CEO of the Barrie Public Library in Barrie, Ontario. Lauren has a degree in history from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Western University. Lauren lives just north of Barrie with her husband, two children, a cat, 7 fish and 3 chickens.
What’s the first job you ever had?
My first job was in a greenhouse cutting roses. It was very hot and very dirty and I was 13 years old. It really taught me the value of hard work and the value of money.
What was your first position in the library or information field?
When I went to university I was sure that I would earn my degree and go to teacher’s college. Around my third year, I started to think that might not be the path for me and I started investigating a Masters in Library and Information Science. However, before spending more money and time on a master’s degree I wanted to be sure it was right for me. I got a job as a Sunday clerk at the Bullfrog Mall Branch of Guelph Public Library. I loved that job!
What are you reading or watching right now?
I’m reading Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist. I have a goal to read 5 books over the summer and this is book two! I just finished The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol and it was excellent.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
If I wasn’t a librarian I would likely be a professional photographer. I love photography and often take photos for family and friends. It’s a hobby that takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
When an opportunity comes your way you have to take the chance. Sometimes others may believe in you more than you believe in yourself and you have to trust them. Staying in a job or in a city that’s comfortable is fine, but putting yourself out there and making the uncomfortable choice can often lead to the most personal and professional growth.