Megan is the Community Development & Education Specialist at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA). In her free time, she enjoys making and eating food and often does both simultaneously. She is also that one library friend of yours who is allergic to cats.

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What was your first position in the library or information field? 

I was a part-time library assistant at the Alberta Law Libraries – Edmonton Reference location. It was during my undergrad and I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was fixated on having some sort of law-related career… little did I know, it was right under my nose!

How do you stay up to date in your field? 

“Library land” is very active on twitter, so I scroll through my newsfeed at least once a week. Feel free to follow me – @megscellany! I also stay connected by being involved in library associations at the local, regional, and national levels. Library associations offer many opportunities to network and expand your knowledge and skill set.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

I’m watching a cartoon series from a decade or so ago called, “Harry Birdman, Attorney at Law.” If you’re familiar with the 1960s Hanna-Barbera superhero, “Birdman,” it’s him, but he’d a criminal defense attorney and his former nemeses are also attorneys, so they fight each other in court.

What’s the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

There was a point when I decided to hang some art in my office, so I commissioned my local artist friend, Riley (https://rileytenove.space) to paint something for me. I didn’t know what to ask him to paint, so he did an acrylic surrealistic version of what you see when you stand up and look through my office window, which is essentially the backs and rooftops of some buildings and a parking lot. I appreciate that Riley has a knack for featuring things in his art that might otherwise be overlooked.

What makes you passionate about library work? 

Librarians and information professionals bridge the gaps between people and information. We don’t necessarily know everything, but we’re good at finding things and sifting through the plethora of information out there. I love that I can have a career that involves being a professional nerd and connecting with people.

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