In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers. Who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Martin a few questions:
For how long have you worked here, and what did you do before you started here?
I have worked at the library for 15 years. Before then, I have gone through most types of libraries in Borås. For example, I have worked at the City library, at a secondary library and at the Hospital library before I came to the university in early 2000. At that time the library was located in the Balder building.
What are your main duties?
I am the Manager of the function Collection services, which primarily works with interlibrary loans, purchases of literature and databases to the university library. I am responsible for licenses and agreements regarding information resources. The Library invests heavily in providing electronic access to journals and books. It is beneficial when one can use literature without visiting the library, especially important for distance students. A couple of times a week, I work the information point and helps students and personnel with searches, choice of databases, loan issues, etc. I´m also a member of the Library Council.
What do you enjoy most about the job?
It is the personal meeting where you will be able to help with information retrieval, reference management, and be there when the a student gets an aha-experience. It is also a free and varied work with great colleagues which I appreciate. It is exciting to be in the middle of the rapid development of the digital library.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Since we have a dog called Kima (an English springer spaniel) in the family, it becomes many long walks with her. It’s a great way to get out into nature and get some exercise and fresh air. Otherwise, I read a lot, listen to music and try to relax as much as I can.
Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
If I should choose a writer that I like, it becomes Karl-Ove Knausgård and his My Struggle, all six parts, mainly part 1-5. It is a penetrating portrait of a man’s life and the factors affecting it.