7 Questions with Anne Carr-Wiggin

Thank you for our patience waiting for January’s 7 Questions With… AAAL Members. It was slightly delayed due to the holiday break but we are back, and January’s installment features Anne Carr-Wiggin, NEOS Manager and Coordinator of Indigenous Initiatives at University of Alberta Libraries.


Photo Credit Hanne Pearce
Photo Credit Hanne Pearce
1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? I learned more than I ever knew about acquisitions as we start the NEOS Shared Acquisitions pilot project! MacEwan is the lead library and I think it will make a difference to how we do things, and hopefully save time and money for NEOS libraries!

2. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? A mix of Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed and Christian Hansen!

3. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be? Indigenizing and decolonizing the library along with some great students and colleagues from the university and the First Nations Information Connection libraries. Libraries have a lot to offer in the journey to Reconciliation.

4. What is your best piece of career advice? Always seek to collaborate and bring more people in to what you are doing. Leadership should always be shared.

5. What is your favourite thing to binge watch? Binge watching is the ONLY way I watch anything so it’s hard to pick a favourite! Christmas break this year involved the last season of Downton Abbey and Orphan Black. On my list: more of Broadchurch, Wire in the Blood, Last Tango in Halifax and River.

6. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment? My husband died when my daughter was six months old, and I’m proud that I guided her into the amazing young woman she is today! I can’t claim all the credit, as a lot of who she is is due to her, but I’m pleased with how she turned out!

7. What is your favourite quote? Ah but in such an ugly time the true protest is beauty. – Phil Ochs

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