Caleigh Haworth is the Training & Communications Coordinator at Marigold Library System in Alberta where she provides training to member library staff in the use of eResources and other technologies. She also creates online content for Marigold websites and social media and develops communications and marketing materials to promote library services. Prior to joining the Marigold headquarters, she worked at the busy and growing Okotoks Public Library.
Describe your self in three words.
Creative, Inquisitive, Quirky.
What was your first position in the library or information field?
My first position after graduating from the SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Library and Information Technology program was as a Library Assistant at the Okotoks Public Library. Two years later I became the Assistant Librarian and had the eye-opening experience of a library expansion where the building more than doubled in size.
My twelve years at the Okotoks Public Library taught me so much about public library service and leadership. The community grew so much in my time there, from 6,000 in 2001 to 26,000 in 2013! This meant I experienced library service from a small-town to a small-city perspective, all in the same place.
How do you stay up to date in your field?
Part of my current position at Marigold entails training. While searching for and collating lists of resources for our member library staff, I realized that there are resources galore for us in the library world, many of which are free! Three years ago, I began sharing the professional development opportunities I discovered online through a monthly newsletter I called Professional Development Resources for Library Staff and Board Members.
I love learning new things and getting to share that learning with library staff. Learning something new is the only way to keep career and mental stagnation at bay. Plus, I tend to get ridiculously excited over new information. Jeopardy, anyone?
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
The collaboration! The library field, as a whole (if I may make a sweeping generalization), is full of smart, creative, and generous people all willing to share ideas and resources and give each other support. I can’t imagine having this beautiful sense of connectedness in any other industry.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
Definitely something creative, perhaps an artist or an actor. I love making people laugh or smile.