1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?
I completed a four month co-op work term at a defence library during my MLIS. The nature of the work both intrigued me and fascinated me. The work term led to a job offer and the rest is history. I enjoy the variety that working in a military setting provides.
2. How did you get involved in DMIL?
I first found out about DMIL when I joined SLA. As I was about to start my first job as a librarian, working for the military, it seemed logical to join DMIL. A couple of years later I attended MLW in 2010 and loved my experience meeting with other librarians who support military and defence. I was working alone as an embedded librarian so it was rejuvenating to connect with others in my position and share experiences and best practices.
3. How did you become DMIL Director for the SLA Conference in
Vancouver? What experiences from the conference were most memorable for you?
At MLW 2011 in Norfolk, VA I was asked if I might be interested in taking this position due to the fact that I am Canadian and the conference was being held in Canada.
What I found the most memorable from the conference in Vancouver was the level of enthusiasm and respect that SLA attendees had towards DMIL and its activities. The networking breakfasts were well attended. At the Open House, being defeated by the puzzle was also memorable, everyone really did try their best.
4. What was the most fun place you visited in Vancouver?
A tricky question! Being in the city and seeing the mountains was incredible for me, as I grew up on the East Coast and have not been exposed to any mountain ranges such as those seen in Vancouver. I was also lucky enough to take a float plane ride to Victoria, which was a unique and fun experience.
5. If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it
“Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton. I have a little one at home and we are reading this one often. Reading it makes me giggle and reminds me to take time to laugh.