Heather is the Library Manager at the Taber Public Library in Taber, Alberta. Heather graduated from the University of Alberta’s MLIS program in 2015. She’s a prairie girl who loves patio season and following your pet’s Instagram account.
What was the first job you ever had?
Counting flyers for my Dad’s pharmacy.
What was your first position in the library or information field?
First Information-related position was as a travel advisor at the World’s Largest Dinosaur in my hometown of Drumheller. First library position was as a summer student at Strathcona County Library.
How do you stay up to date in your field?
Following the ALATT Facebook group, attending conferences, reading professional literature.
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
Getting to pull out the Nancy Drew skills! Whether doing some sleuthing and finding the information a patron wants, or doing an assessment.
What are you reading or watching right now?
I am currently making my way through Comedians of the World on Netflix, and I’ve got my bookmark in Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
I’d be running a doggy daycare.
What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
Depends on your definition of cool. I think enamel pins are cool (they’re totally coming back), and I have one of Scully calling Mulder on my name tag.
What makes you passionate about library work?
As I told the old guy who stopped me in the shelves the other day, “I LOVE connecting people to the information they need!”