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First Impressions

12 Jun

Officially I will be starting my position as library director at the Tracadie-Sheila Public Library this coming Monday. Ironically I have spent much more time and energy stressing about my move from Montreal to Tracadie than I have about starting my job. Since arriving on the east coast this week, I’ve been especially concerned about making good first impressions wherever I go because I never know who I will meet. I’ve been warned that the gossip train travels fast in this small town and so if one person doesn’t like me then the whole town is likely to hear about it within a few days.

Unfortunately, as those who know me are aware, when I try too hard to be friendly I tend to become rather awkward by talking too much. I guess it is my way of overcompensating for being nervous; some people clam up but I talk a lot. I want so badly to follow Stephen Abram’s advice that we have two eyes and two ears but only one mouth for a reason. This is such perfect advice for me but I find it hard to follow. For example, today when I attempted to check out my new library incognito, I ran into the assistant regional director who had interviewed me for the position. She introduced me to all the staff and I found myself rambling on and on. It was almost like an out of body experience. I could see myself dominating the conversation but I felt helpless to shut myself up. Luckily on Monday, I will have my orientation so I will be required to listen attentively and take notes all day.

Despite having to face my own awkwardness, I am really having a wonderful time discovering my new community. I have been passionate about Acadian culture since I read Pélagie-la-Charette (in english Pélagie: the Return to Acadie) by Antonine Maillet during my first semester of French Literature at Université Laval. I have been so excited about moving to an Acadian area and so far I have not been disappointed! I was even invited to a fresh lobster meal yesterday and was taught the difference between a male lobster and a female lobster. What an experience!

I promise to keep you all posted once I actually start my job!

Meet Biblioblond, soon-to-be Library Director!

5 Mar

As many of my friends and fellow students already know, last week I accepted the position of interim Library Director at Tracadie-Sheila Public Library in New Brunswick. This excites me for so many reasons. For certain, having a job already secured before graduation is a huge relief. I am someone who likes to have a plan and when faced with uncertainty I can get a bit stressed. So even if the plan is to move to a far-away small town in a province that I have only driven through once on my way to P.E.I., where I will know no one and will have huge responsibilities that I may or may not be prepared for, well at least it’s a plan. I am especially excited because of the position itself. In the end, I called and canceled the two other interviews that I had scheduled for last week. The opportunity to become a library director straight out of library school is thrilling. The interview panel was impressed by my previous experience and I responded to their interview questions to the best of my ability, but it is still overwhelming that they saw potential in me for this position! Since the library is small, I will get to touch on all aspects of librarianship like programming services, collection development, reference, circulation, and library systems as well as being responsible for promoting the library in the community and reporting to the library board. I must admit that the prospect of being a library director excites me so much that I lay awake at night thinking about ideas for cool programming and what my future patrons’ interests will be. I have started to look more seriously through McGill Library ‘s collection for books that will hopefully help me better prepare myself for the challenges ahead such as A Short-cut to Marketing the Library by Zuzana Helinsky. I acknowledge that I cannot learn everything there is to know about being a library director from a book and that is why I cannot wait to get started! Please stay posted for more details!