In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library closer to all our readers and customers. Who are the people working at the library anyway? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! In our second portraint you’ll meet Magnus Pettersson who recently started working at the Library:
What were you doing before you started here?
Before my employment here began I worked at the Education Library at the University of Gothenburg. I cataloged books and e-journals, and I also did some development projects, for example a way to showcase our e-books in the book hall. Before that, I worked at the Library at Karolinska institutet, doing almost the same as I did in Gothenburg. I have also worked at several other different academic libraries in Sweden, Härnösand and Jönköping for example.
What made you apply for a job at the University of Borås?
The vacancy that was advertised sounded very exciting. I liked the fact I would be able to meet the Library’s customers at the Information point and still have time to work with the different systems the Library use. It’s a good combination, I think; when I continually get input from the meetings with the borrowers I can change the systems for the better.
What are your main duties?
Right now I’m working mainly on two different projects; I create a web page that will handle e-books borrowed from one of our e-book vendors and I’m also working on developing a book display for our web page.
What do you like most about being a librarian?
There’s a lot! But one reason that I like being a librarian is that I’ve always liked to figure things out, to find things, and that’s something you spend a lot of time doing when you’re a librarian. You’re looking for answers and in your search for that answer you use a lot of different methods and along the way you find different clues.
Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
The last book I read was surprisingly good actually – it was World War Z by Max Brooks. Otherwise, my all-time favorite is One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by the Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Isaevič Solzenicyn, a book I read several times by now.
Text & picture: Katharina Nordling