Courtney is the Regional Librarian for Central Division with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She grew up in the small fishing community of Green’s Harbour, NL. Courtney has a passion for literacy, LGBTQ+ matters and accessibility. You can often find her reading a book, creating a beauty review for her YouTube channel and Instagram, or cooking healthy dishes in her kitchen. Courtney resides in Gander, NL.
Describe yourself in three words.
Ambitious, friendly and a reader.
What’s an average day at your library?
There is no average day for me! I work as the Regional Librarian for Central Division with NLPL. Every day looks different. I could be training staff in one of our picturesque libraries such as Fogo Island, Twillingate or Harry’s Harbour, doing a presentation in a school or helping a local library board order books for their library’s collection. I love the variety in this job!
What as the first job you ever had?
The first job I ever had was in a fishplant. My dad was a fisherman and I remember Dad getting so excited about the various fish he would catch in the spring of the year. Afterall he spent the winter mending his nets and telling tales about fishing. When the capelin finally rolled in muggy August, I was ecstatic to get to work. I was on night shift and the smell of fish was putrid. The man who showed me how to tell the males and females apart was so frustrated that I couldn’t see the difference. I lasted 4 hours and gave the job to my younger brother. I vowed I would never work in a fish plant again and followed my Dad’s advice of going to school and getting an education.
What was your first position in the library or information field?
My first job in the library and information field was at the Jules Leger Library, a library with Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. I learned so much and had a wonderful experience there.
How do you stay up to date in your field?
I love to attend conferences and learn what my other colleagues are up to! I also enjoy talking to friends from library school who work in exciting library systems such as Toronto Public Library and Vancouver Public Library.
What are you reading or watching right now?
I just finished reading the End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe for my book club. It was a great read and made for insightful conversations. I’m also reading Educated by Tara Westover. It was recommended to me time and time again and I love how powerful and encouraging this book leaves you feeling. I enjoying watch period dramas because I’m an old soul at heart. I am anxiously waiting for the DVD release of A Place to Call Home, Season 6.
If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing?
I think I would be working in television or on the radio. I have always had a fascination with the media and when I was younger I wanted to do journalism. In my free time I volunteer for Eastlink and work as a host on the show Discover NL. Television is tough, especially when you don’t have a script, but I love a challenge and feel that’s the only way to grow. Getting outside of your comfort is where the magic happens. I also have a YouTube channel where I review beauty and fashion.