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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7 Questions with James Murphy

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features James Murphy, Research and Learning Librarian at the University of Calgary.


murphy_james1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?
I recently went to an amazing exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery about cabins. I find the popularity of the cabin aesthetic interesting at the moment and I think at least part of the appeal comes from the desire to escape the busy, hyper-connected, urban lifestyle. I never thought I could learn so much about cabins in one exhibit but I’ve also learned that I would like one.

2. When was the last time you were nervous?
Yesterday. I was presenting for the first class of a new inquiry-based learning course. Librarians are embedded through the full course and as this was the first opportunity to engage with the students I wanted to really try to give them a big-picture of the issues they will face in their research practices through their degrees. I always get nervous before teaching but I had good responses and they seemed moderately alert and interested so I’d consider that a win.

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?
Before I became a librarian I had an interesting career as a snowboarding coach and instructor. I travelled internationally and spent a lot of time on mountains. It was challenging to slowly realize it was unsustainable in the long term, and a long process to find out what career could come next. One of the things I found frustrating about that industry was a lack of using evidence to inform practice and methodology. Librarianship’s focus on the evidence struck a chord and I’m so grateful to have stumbled on that path. It has been one of the single best decisions to pursue this career and I’m very thankful to all the people who helped point me in this direction.

4. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
SPF 60+

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
One of my favourite things about living near the mountains is all the outdoor possibilities. I love to get out hiking, camping, snowboarding, biking, and generally soaking in all the beautiful natural settings we’re so lucky to have at our doorsteps in Alberta.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.” – Howard Zinn

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I seem to visit a lot of islands, primarily mountainous but not exclusively (e.g. Iceland, New Zealand, Japan). I’m also intrigued by what living in Scandinavia would be like. Alberta is home though so all those exotic mountainous places will have to be for holidays.


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7 Questions with Michael Baird

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Michael Baird Collection Management Librarian at Olds College.


17799079_10155815475795021_5416108718226168074_n1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
In the next year, scuba dive.

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Robinton, masterharper of Pern

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
Be flexible, keep learning, and remember why you are doing this job and not some other career. No matter how bad a day you may have, you chose this career for a reason, think about that core reason.

4. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
I had the surreal experience to create an original catalogue record for a book from the mid-1500’s when doing one of my practicums. I will always remember the feeling, the connection to history.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
When not working I love to ride horses and explore the wilderness. I am also involved with 2 Dungeons & Dragons groups. I love theater but have not been in a production for a few years now. I design costumes and write fiction.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“I was always taught that if you’re not careful, you can lose yourself in the world. You get too busy with things, not busy enough with yourself! Spend your days and nights living someone else’s agendas, fighting someone else’s battles, and you’re doing the work you’re supposed to be doing, but every day there’s less and less of you in it all! Till one day, you come to a fork in the road, and because you’re distracted, you’re not thinking. You lose yourself. You go right, and the rest of you, the really important part of you, goes left! And you don’t even know you’ve done it till you realize, you finally realize, that you don’t have any idea who you are when you’re not doing all those things!” Dr Stephen Franklin (writer/creator J. Michael Straczynski, 1996)

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have not been enough places to truly answer this question. I chose it though because it sits forefront in my mind all of the time. I have been to Wales and I loved it, it felt like… home. I am also drawn to a few other areas: The pacific – Hawaii or New Zealand, Argentina almost won me away from Canada once, and Iceland has an appeal. Perhaps the best answer is I would love to live on a cruise ship and spend my life seeing the world. The Valley of the Kings to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, then off to the fjords and the northern Baltic, skip across the arctic and down to Japan, go dive the Great Barrier Reef, watch the lava flow on the big island, an excursion to Machu Picchu, then the drama of Tierra del Fuego, up to Central America to explore Mayan ruins, and that is just a start.


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