After a month in my new role as Assistant Chief Librarian at the Powell River library, I’m starting to feel more at ease in my decision to embrace a smaller community. Even though the library system itself is just one branch, compared to Vancouver with its 21 libraries, I sometimes felt isolated as the lone […]

A big part of a successful transition to a new town is having a place to call home, even if it is temporary. A few months ago when it was announced on the VPL online staff bulletin board that I was leaving for Powell River, I received a phonecall from a co-worker who was born […]

I thought I had experienced it all as far as roller-coaster drama at the Carnegie Library, but I wasn’t prepared for the absolute joy of this particular encounter. A distraught dad from Fort St. James came in looking for help. He had not seen his daughter since Canada Day in the summer, and his family […]

Today was a fantastic day to be a librarian. I went to the monthly Leadership Team meeting and felt a strange confidence in sharing thoughts around vigilance in keeping our patrons alert in light of overdose (there is a dilemma whether Librarians should actually administer Naloxone vs. the implications on the City if things go […]

Today I was asked to provide a “day in the life” of being the Branch Head librarian at the Carnegie for a library journal. There are certain stereotypes of the librarian’s role that many still harbor, but in an urban library today I’m sure most would be surprised. For example, roving the library to make […]

My dad likes to call it the “perfect storm.” Fifty years ago, when he was 25 he managed to graduate from medical school in New Zealand and marry my mom. Fast forward to the present day meant that in December he celebrated his 50th class reunion, his 50th wedding anniversary and his 75th birthday! This […]

Last Saturday was a pretty fantastic day at the Carnegie. I was worried that we would be short-staffed due to illness, but turns out that we had an extra person (which never happens!). There was some positive energy happening, with a free lunch on the street, a party in the Carnegie alley with a live […]