Category Archives: 7 Questions

7 Questions with Karina Dunn

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Karina Dunn, Assistant Librarian at Vanguard College Library | Schalm Memorial Collection.


kdunn21. When was the last time you were nervous?
Teaching Information Literacy to first year students in September. I still get nervous every year!

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Surfing – Kite or Wind or just regular.

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
The Doctor. Or one of their companions.

4. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Our Social Media Presence (follow @vanguardcollegelibrary_books *shameless plug)

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Finished my online MLIS degree at the University of Alberta in December 2018 after 5.5 years! Whoo!

6. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
I had my second baby at home in a birthing pool with a midwife.

7. What is your favourite quote?
“When we tell our stories, we change the world” – Dr. Brene Brown


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7 Questions with Christina Wac

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Christina Wac, Public Services Librarian & Copyright Officer at Portage College Learning Commons-Library.


Wac_AAAL_7Qs_Photo1. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Matilda (Roald Dahl). As a kid, I used to stare endlessly at cereal boxes trying to move them with my non-existent telekinetic powers. I still think it would be really cool. Plus, I find her passion for books and knowledge seeking very relatable.

2. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I would love to start a digitization project at our library and convert all of our VHS tapes to more accessible formats. We have a lot of unique resources that don’t get watched/used because of VHS obsolescence.

3. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
A Tribe Called Geek; 99% Invisible

4. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?
British period dramas are my guilty pleasure, but I also tend to watch a lot of sci-fi/fantasy shows as well. I’m currently binge watching Peaky Blinders and Star Trek: Voyager.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m often reading, gaming, or spending time with my 19-yr-old cat. I also enjoy yoga and travelling.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Probably somewhere in the U.K. I’ve been a couple of times and love the architecture and history (and the gorgeous libraries!). I’m also a fan of overcast skies and places that aren’t too hot, so I think it would be a good fit.

7. What was your favourite childhood cartoon?
For films, it’s a tie between Anastasia and Beauty & the Beast. For TV cartoons, I loved the animated X-MEN series.


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7 Questions with David Mucz

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features David Mucz, Academic Librarian at Red Deer College.


DM RDC Library Photo _sq1. When was the last time you were nervous?
When I moved to a new apartment after 4.5 years in one place!

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A language of some kind, probably French or Mandarin!

3. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

  • The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
  • U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Bee Gees – More than a Woman
  • Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
  • Jack Johnson – Washing Dishes

4. What are some of your favourite podcasts?

  • Deep State Radio
  • iFanboy – Pick of the Week Podcast
  • Slate Political Gabfest
  • Radio Atlantic
  • BBC – The Documentary

5. What do you eat for breakfast?
Coffee, Cheerios and a Banana

6. What do you do when you’re not working?
I love to read, run, experience new restaurants and travel abroad.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Singapore! Excellent transportation, food and culture with a world class airport.


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7 Questions with Rob Hudson

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Rob Hudson, Associate University Librarian, Learning and Research Services at Athabasca University Library


Photo of Rob Hudson1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Right now I am learning about cloud computing with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Athabasca U is migrating much of our content to the cloud. I wish to be certified in this to help use the cloud to enhance library services.

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
I have always admired Sherlock Holmes for the same reasons I like Spock from Star Trek – cool logic and reasoning ability.

3. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Sorry you had to see that.

4. What is your best piece of career advice?
Flexibility and adaptability are key skills for work and life. For managers, empathy is the most important trait.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
Taking care of my Guinea Pigs.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“Fiat justitia, ruat coelum” is a Latin legal phrase: “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” The belief is that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Peru. My wife is from Colombia, and we have friends on the coast in Peru where we would like to spend a year.


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7 Questions with Robyn Hall

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Robyn Hall, Scholarly Communications & Social Sciences Librarian at MacEwan University.


IMG_12821. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Mountain climbing.

2. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
– Cocorosie – Animals.
– Patrick Watson – Good Morning Mr. Wolf.
– Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now.
Of course, a literal version would also be filled with an embarrassing mix of Wings, NKOTB, Madonna, Hole, Beyonce, punk, & early 2000’s electronica…

3. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Dame Marjorie “Maude” Chardin from Harold and Maude (also my cat’s namesake, though over time this has unfortunately morphed into “Little Miss Moodles”).

4. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
WTF with Marc Maron, 10% Happier, & Fresh Air (NPR).

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
Random outings. This fall I have been to an air balloon festival, a Tibetan bizarre, Nuit Blanche, a Beatles cover band playing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, two museums, Nerd Nite, a hockey game, Devon to hike the river valley, a midnight screening of The Room (not recommended)… More generally: travel, yoga, HDR photography, & jigsaw puzzles.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
So many places, but Northern Spain, Northern California, & Nova Scotia (“home”) are all at the top of the list.

7. What was your favourite childhood cartoon?
It’s a tie between Watership Down & The Secret of NIMH.

Bonus question: What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Starting this “7 Questions with AAAL members” series on the AAAL blog, of course. Happy almost-three-year anniversary! 🙂


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