Arianne is the Library Technician at the CKUA Radio Network in Edmonton, Alberta. CKUA is a not-for-profit broadcaster established in 1927. Arianne is a human who enjoys cycling, filling her house with plants, all animals, and lately has been experimenting with fermentation.
What’s an average day at your library?
I’m the only library staff member in a special library. Generally my time is divided between acquisitions and collection management, along with managing volunteers and other assorted non-library related tasks to help the station out. An average day is managing an active music promotion inbox, listening to new music sent to us (digital and physical) and prioritizing what’s coming in, keeping on top of new releases that we need (whether it’s purchasing a copy or chasing down a promotional copy), then managing the digital database that holds our collection and adding new music to it. The library clients are the Announcer/Producers here at CKUA, and since we play an eclectic mix of music the volume and variety of stuff coming in is pretty robust. Day to day work means being a music director, database administrator, library technician, and volunteer manager plus occasional tech support for the users.
What was the first job you ever had?
I started babysitting when I was a young pre-teen and my first “real” job was working at Dairy Queen once I turned 15. I’ve worked many jobs but some highlights (aside from what I’m currently doing, #dreamjob) include working at a pet store, a greenhouse, screening patches for my friends’ bands by hand, and an HMV megastore.
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
Sharing information is really the best part of being a library professional. Having the opportunity to constantly be learning, in some respects about things I would not regularly be exposed to, then being able to share that with other people is something I take a lot of joy in.
What are you reading or watching right now?
I’ve recently discovered a show called Big Dreams, Small Spaces; it’s a British reality TV show about gardening, which combines all my interests into one quiet and wonderful show (currently on Netflix). I’ve been reading less and listening to podcasts more lately due to life circumstances, and would heartily recommend The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week; it’s exactly what is sounds like, where the editors of Popular Science recount the strangest facts they’ve learned that week. I’ve gleefully grossed out my husband and co-workers with many facts from this podcast – not all facts are gross, but all are fascinating!
What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
There is so much stuff on my desk; it’s hard to say – I currently have about ~150 CDs, a box of old records that was shipped to our station to an announcer who lives in BC, a handful of 78 RPM records that were mis-numbered when they were catalogued and need to be fixed, and a small box one of my volunteers made me while I was on vacation, which contains 3 small plastic pigs and a box of Ready Crisp bacon. There’s a story behind that one.