Category Archives: 7 Questions

7 Questions with René Martin

October’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features René Martin, Director, Learning Services of Alberta College of Art + Design


1. When was the last time you were nervous?Selfie
I am very rarely nervous for myself; however, I have discovered a whole new level of nervousness with my eight year old daughter. Standing back and allowing her to try things, and possibly fail, is so hard. You want to protect your children from failure and hurt, yet as a parent, you know that’s an important life lesson. So I’m so often nervous for my daughter when she puts herself out there, but I put on the brave face so that she can reflect it.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Be patient. But since I’m pretty sure I’ve missed that boat, speak other languages fluently

3. What is your best piece of life advice?
Learn to laugh at yourself. You cannot take yourself too seriously; if you do, life can be crushing. I think the ability to laugh at yourself translates into the ability to forgive yourself for your failings. With that forgiveness comes the ability to work on those failings, and keep trying until you can feel good about yourself and the choices you made.

4. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
Stuff you Should Know; The Daily by Michael Barbaro; This American Life

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
When I’m not spending time with my husband and daughter, I’m often found reading, enjoying delicious food and cocktails, and hanging out with an absolutely fabulous group of gals. And yes, sometimes all of those things at once.

6. What is your favourite quote?
“Thoughts become things, so choose the good ones”. The Universe (theuniverse@tut.com)

7. Who inspires you?
So many of my inspirations are women. Sadly, we still have to work harder, do more, overcome more, wade through the criticisms that come with it all just to be noticed. Just to be seen as equal. So women who have done this with graciousness, courage and strength are my inspirations. And even those that come through it all with with gracelessness, fear and weakness inspire me, because they still came through it.

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7 Questions with Tatiana Usova

September’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Tatiana Usova, Head of Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.


1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?image
Play piano and arrange music like Tommy Banks

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Phileas Fogg from “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne because I love travel and adventure

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
There are at least three:
– Develop active listening skills, it is essential for workplace success;
– Take time to reflect on your life, career and goals you want to achieve;
– Be passionate about what you do and your future.

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
Success and happiness are greatly affected by our attitude towards life. Our state of mind determines the outcome of our endeavors. Staying positive is a choice. “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”– Hugh Downs

5. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
Podcasts by Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy

6. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
I am multilingual, and I am proud that I have worked in five different countries using three different languages. At present, I manage a French library, and it is my third language. I praise myself for having been able to adapt, to overcome cultural barriers and succeed in all places where I worked

7. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
I was a leading actress in 2016 Fringe play that got 4 stars from Vue Weekly and was warmly recieved by the audience.

7 questions with Eva Revitt

August’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Eva Revitt, Subject Librarian at MacEwan University. 


Eva Revitt

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To speak Italian. I love the language, the culture, the art, the food, the history. In short, everything about Italy.

2. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
I’m very fortunate in that I actually get to do this. I’m currently on a one year sabbatical leave.

One thing that has always irked me is how the library and the librarian are conflated in a way that a doctor and a hospital never is. The library is given agency and assumes the intellectual labour of the librarian. Our own professional discourse reinforces this; for example, overwhelmingly our associations are associations of libraries, rather than librarians. My research is about highlighting the work and professional experiences of the academic librarian. I’m focused on academic librarians because that is the world I know. Specifically, I’m interested in exploring how librarians’ academic status is shaped by the institution? In this case, the institution is the college or university but also the associated legislative and policy framework. Labour issues and documents such as collective agreements are big focus of my work.

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
Take measured risks.

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
Figure out your values and stick to them.

5. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
A life time ago, on a tropical island far away, I became seriously involved in scuba diving. At one point in my life, I was one of a handful of certified female scuba divers in North America with a trimix mixed gas and underwater full cave certifications.

6. If you could live anywhere in the work, where would you go?
Italy, of course.

7. Who inspires you?
My boys. I have two, both are avid soccer players. One is very good and plays for a top team. The other is super average and plays for a super average team. My very good soccer player gives it 150%. Never gives up. My super average soccer player gives it 150%. Never gives up. They are my endless source of inspiration.

7 questions with Kim Frail

July’s installment of 7 Questions With…AAAL Members features Kim Frail, Public Services Librarian at H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, University of Alberta Libraries


 

Kim Frail Outdoor

1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?
That there was a shanty town called Ross Acreage in the Mill Creek Ravine which was shut down by the city and turned into park land in the late 1920s. I live relatively close to that area so I found that little tidbit of local history interesting.

2. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
I live for podcasts! My most recent discovery, thanks to the NEOS miniconference, is “Let’s Find Out” with Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. He answers listeners’ questions about local history. Other favorites include: Radio Lab, 99% invisible, Canadaland and The Press Gallery: Edmonton Journal’s Political Podcast.

3. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment?
Co-charing the WILU conference in May. We had a “dream team” steering committee and somehow we managed to plan and host a conference for 162 attendees from across Canada and the US in a little under a year! Special shout-out to all of the AAAL members who contributed as reviewers, convenors and presenters. We couldn’t have done it without you!

4. What do you do when you’re not working?
Take my kids to their various activities. I’m a Brownie Leader for my daughter’s unit so I’m also known as “Mountain Owl”.

5. What is your favourite colour?
Green

6. If you could live anywhere in the work, where would you go?
I love Edmonton but as a former Maritimer, living near the ocean would be nice.

7. Who inspires you?
I heard a fascinating piece on CBC the other day about Irish director/writer Simon Fitzmaurice. He recently directed a feature film despite being paralyzed and unable to speak due to ALS. Google it – it’s an amazing story.

7 questions with Alison Pitcher

May’s installment of 7 Questions features Alison Pitcher, Collections Assessment Librarian at Macewan University Library. 

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Surf

2. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Making a library-wide plan for a variety of usage/statistics collection and implementing it in a way that allows the library to showcase how it’s being used and track changes and trends year-over-year.

3. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Daughter of Dreamers and Doers

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
Make time for yourself. It’s simple, but I find it’s necessary.

5. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
Buying a house.

6. What do you do when you’re not working?
I tend to inhale books and movies. I also have a love of food, so I bake (and destroy my kitchen) quite a bit.

7. What is your favourite colour?
Purple

7 questions with Shannon D’Agnone

April’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Shannon D’Agnone, Instructional Librarian at The King’s University Library. 


1. When was the last time you were nervous? My family recently went on holidays and I don’t love flying. As the plane was taking off with I got very nervous and started replaying every Mayday episode (where they talk in depth about plane crashes) in my head. Thankfully the flight was uneventful and I lived to tell the tale!

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Jessica Pearson from the TV show Suits. She’s smart, savvy, tough and has the most amazing clothes and handbags of anyone on TV.

3. What is your best piece of career advice? My advice is this: trust that things have a way of working out for the best and always be open to new opportunities. You just never know who you might meet or how things could work out.

4. What is your best piece of life advice? In the end, only kindness matters.

5. What is your favourite thing to binge watch? Mr. Robot!

6. What do you do when you’re not working? I have a husband and two very busy little boys. I spend a lot of time with my kids going to different activities like hockey, skiing, soccer, swimming, etc. We also have a cabin outside the city that is our second home during the summer, so we spent a lot of time there as well.

7. What is your favourite quote?   “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.” Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body

7 questions with Louise Brittain Boisvert

March’s installment of 7 Questions With… AAAL Members features Louise Brittain Boisvert, Digital Services Coordinator at the Olds College.


img_20170109_165355097 1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month? A hand saw can be played as a musical instrument. It produces this otherworldly sound. One of the many fun rural Albertan facts I have been learning.

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Teleportation

3. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best? My first year of undergrad was disrupted by a 3 month long strike during which classes were cancelled. I ended up dropping out before the strike ended and went backpacking for 6 months. I couldn’t have planned a better life experience.

4. What is your best piece of life advice? There are no wrong choices. Just the path you choose.

5. What is your proudest work-related accomplishment? Last semester, we hosted the first Long Night Against Procrastination event at Olds College. It turned out to be the most highly attended student event ever held at the college. Fingers crossed, our spring edition will be as popular.

6. What is your favourite quote? No one is good at everything but everyone is good at something.

7. What is your favourite colour?   Blue