Kelly Murray has worked with the Bibliotheque Allard Regional Library for 10 years, the last six as Head Librarian and prior to that as Assistant Librarian. Her past recent work experience includes: municipal clerk at a local municipal office and owning/operating her own bookkeeping business. She went to business college many moons ago so administration and bookkeeping have been a part of her life for a very long time. She presently holds a volunteer position with the executive as Treasurer and with the Advocacy Committee of the Manitoba Library Association.
Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, conscientious, and determined.
How do you stay up to date in your field?
Online webinars and eCourses, regional library meetings, and conferences.
What are you reading or watching right now?
I’m reading a few things: Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz, The Siren by Kiera Cass and I’m reading a fiction work by a friend that would like it reviewed before it is in print. I also have a couple of non-fiction books on the go.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
I have to chuckle at this, I’ve always said party planning, however at my age I think I’d plan it and hire staff to run it.
What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
A small stuffed Olaf (Frozen). I have a minion for summer. My office has a giant window that the patrons can see in when passing by. I try to keep something fun in it when they go by. However, sometimes my office window is covered with passive programming so my stuffies stay hidden.
What aspect of library work are you most passionate about?
Connecting patrons with what they are seeking: books, eBooks, how to programs, etc. The satisfaction of helping someone learn something is my biggest reward.
Why do you think library work is important?
Libraries are a resource to every individual no matter their ability, background or beliefs. Libraries offer information in print and electronic format, provide access to computers and the internet and provide education/fun through programming to the public. We are your physical search engine!!