What’s your job title and what do you do? Student Outreach & Archival Projects Librarian
For readers outside of the library & archives world, what does your job title actually mean? I am responsible for the library’s outreach programing to increase student engagement and integrate the library into the Trinity College community. I also work in the archives, where I’m committed to facilitating the use of archival material in assignments and in the classroom, and working with student groups who are interested in learning more about the College’s history. I am responsible for liaising with the Friends of the Library and I assist with their programming and publicity. I also participate in the Personal Librarian Program.
How did you get into working in libraries/archives?
I first began volunteering in my local library to prepare the crafts and activities for the children’s programming while in high school in order to complete my required 40 hours of community service which I needed to graduate. This led to a part-time position as a library assistant. I began working in the Graham Library as a library assistant in my second year as a student at Trinity College, as well as the archives, where I was a summer student for two years. My experience as a student inspired me to apply to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information to become a professional librarian and archivist.
What is your favourite resource at U of T Libraries?
The new UTL Discover Archives portal. It provides researchers with a single location for all of the university’s archives’ finding aids and resources, and has the ability to host digital content. Check out Trinity’s recently uploaded architectural drawings!
What’s the most interesting or fulfilling thing you’re working on right now?
The Trinity College Historical Society is working with the archives to research and update the College’s Wikipedia page. There is currently a lot of information that is either out of date or incorrect, and this project gives students who are interested in the College’s history the opportunity to do some research and create an incredibly useful product.
What would you like people to know about Graham Library or Trinity Archives that they might not know? You can’t eat here!
Before working at Graham Library, what was your most unusual or interesting job? I worked for one summer doing a midnight shift on an assembly line processing 5 litre bags of dialysis solution.
What aspect of your role at Graham do you enjoy the most?
I love when researchers come with questions about the history of Trinity College. It’s always a fun scavenger hunt to find the answer in the archives, and I am always guaranteed to learn something I didn’t know before.
What’s your favourite journal/periodical at Graham? Ontario History
What is your best advice for U of T Library users? When in doubt, ask a librarian!
What’s your favourite leisure reading genre? Historical fiction
What was the best concert you’ve ever attended? Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band at the Danforth Music Hall
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would take a river boat cruise through Europe.
What’s your favourite podcast? The Wrong Station
Besides our library, what is your favourite library to visit? Emmanuel College Library
Where did you grow up? Alliston, ON
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Archaeologist
What is your favourite snack?Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips
Describe your perfect vacation day/day off work? Spending the day at my local diner reading the newspaper
What smartphone app is indispensable to you and why? Apple Podcasts – when I’m not talking, reading, or sleeping, I’m listening to a podcast
Name? Susan Bond
What’s your job title? Circulation Supervisor
For readers outside of the library world, what does your job title actually mean? I supervise the student employees who work at the circulation desk. Our students are so great that I mostly just take credit for their good work!
How did you get into working in libraries? I got a job as a student assistant at the Graham Library back when I was an undergrad. I loved it so much that I’ve been here ever since!
What’s the most interesting or fulfilling thing you’re working on right now? I’m working on a project to see how our patrons are using the space: what times of day are most popular, what furniture types get used the most , etc. I’m really in the weeds with the detail right now, but I’m excited to see what we find out.
What would you like people to know about Graham Library or Trinity Archives that they might not know? The Graham actually has a really cool collection of LP records in storage. Mostly spoken word: the original Broadway cast recording of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot reading his own poems, Beowulf read in old English.
Before working at Graham Library, what was your most unusual or interesting job? I worked in a call centre approving credit on a department store card. It was unusual because I was only seventeen: old enough to grant credit but not to have it myself!
What’s your favourite journal/periodical at Graham? New Scientist! It’s a fun read, designed for non-scientists.
What is your best advice for U of T Library users? Get out and explore other libraries! We have 44 at U of T. I happen to like the Graham the best, but there are all sorts of different libraries out there: here’s a quiz that might introduce you to one that would suit you!
What was the last book you finished reading? I’m reading the Harry Potter books out loud to a friend over Skype: we’ve just finished Prisoner of Azkaban
What’s your favourite leisure reading genre? I studied literature so I do love a literary novel, but I’m mostly reading comic books these days! I like a lot of titles published by Image Comics.
What was the best concert you’ve ever attended? I saw Radiohead at Molson Park in Barrie back in 2001. The Beta Band opened. It was pretty rad.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’d love to take to the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostock!