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! We asked Sara Hellberg, who recently came back to work after maternity leave a few questions:
I have worked here since 2009 when I first practiced at the Library and then got a summer job, temporary position and eventually permanent job! A typical example of how important it can be to get a chance to show what you are made of!
What are your main duties?
I work in the unit Education where I along with four colleagues are responsible for teaching information seeking to students at the undergraduate educational programs. I am a so-called “teaching librarian.” We meet with the students several times during their studies and collaborate with program and course coordinators to create a content that is meaningful to students. This may involve, for example to inform about the resources the library has on their topic, how to search and use various relevant bibliographic databases and how to recognize a scientific article. We often link the teaching of information seeking to ordinary courses that require the students themselves should search and review information in connection with such report writing.
In recent years I have been responsible for the planning and execution of these courses mainly on the university nursing programs. But I have also been teaching for some of the informatics programs, teacher education programs, and will in the future be responsible for the library’s teaching against web editor programs. I also work at the library information point and the Library search lab. And I write texts for the Library Blog, and makes guides and videos to the library’s website and is involved in keeping the Harvard Guide updated.
What do you enjoy most about the job?
The thing that brings me most joy is to meet with all the university students and staff at the information point and to teach and have search support. Meetings and discussions is the thing! And to help students break down their information needs to relevant keywords, guide them where to look and design the queries so (hopefully) they find what they’re looking for. There are new challenges every day and the brain has to work.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Explores life as a parent to our daughter, trying to keep up with everyday life, sleeping, reading, petting cats and drink coffee.
Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
I haven’t had much time reading since our daughter was born a year ago, but some books I read in 2013 and really liked is Flod by Carolina Fredriksson, Steel by Silvia Avallone and also Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Text: Sara Hellberg & Lena Holmberg
Picture: Lena Holmberg