Sabrina works part-time at the Yellowknife Public Library and works full-time at the GNWT in the Department of Infrastructure. She has lived in Yellowknife for most of her life (but hopefully not forever!) Sabrina likes to spend most of her free time at her apartment with her cat watching old movies and TV shows or reading “weird” books (and who can blame her when you pay so much for rent!) She believes she is also only 97 cats away from being a crazy cat lady.

sabrinaDescribe yourself in three words.
Pocket-sized, sarcastic, and caring.

What is an average day in your library?
I only work part-time now so its pretty similar day-to-day. Work the front desk, organize the carts, book drop and processing. Be mindful of who is coming and going. Check out the new items. Get the temperature and weather report from Brian (one of our regular patrons). The usual.

What was the first job you ever had?
Grocery bagger at Extra Foods.

What was your first position in the library or information field?
Full-Time Library Assistant at the Yellowknife Public Library
How do you stay up to date in your field?
Goodreads, newsletters, and articles.

What is your favourite part of the library, archive or information services work?
Finding new and interesting books to read, learning the history of libraries, and helping people.

What are you reading or watching right now?
Rewatching the Golden Girls, and watched Howls Moving Castle this past weekend. I just finished Ali Wongs new book Dear Girls and currently reading Little Weirds by Jenny Slate. I’m also currently listening to There Are No Grownups by Pamela Druckerman.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Learn skills that are transferable and then you have options.

What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk?
A poem my two year old nephew wrote for me (actually by my sister but he signed off on it.)
What aspect of library work are you most passionate about?
Preserving reading actual books and getting new people into reading.

Why do you think library work is important?
Working at a library is important to me because even when its hard work dealing with patrons and incidents, there is always one moment where you feel a real connection with someone and you know that the work you do matters and you feel like you are helping people (sometimes more than just helping them find the book they were looking for)!