In the months leading up to the annual BC Library Conference (May 2016) the member spotlight will showcase several library technicians/assistants who are presenting in a panel looking at the current state of the profession and its future.
Introducing Sandra! Sandra a is a technician working in the Surrey Public Library systems, and is the recording secretary of LTAS.
Where are you currently working?
Can you tell us a bit about this position
I work as an Information Services Technician. A major part of the job is working on the information desk answer questions from the public, as well on email reference about once a week. I am responsibly to help fill brochures, keep posters up to date, help create brochures, assist with computer classes, help manage online program calendar, manage the display cases, help with magazine collection, and finally create displays to promote library programs and collections.
The most challenging and my favourite part is coming up with displays that people will look and choose books that people will take.
How did you become interested in being a Library Technician?
I was taking a job works program and it came up as a possible career in a test. It seemed like a good career fit for my natural curiosity.
I graduated from Langara, currently working on Bachelor of Arts at SFU. Previously had been in Food technology program at BCIT and a Computer Science program at North Island College.
Any advice for new technicians or people interested in the field?
Be flexible, a lot of work starts off as on-call. Continue learning, it is a good habit to get into as our jobs continuing to change.
Are you on the LTAS Executive? In what position?
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