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 our newest employee Birgitta a few questions:
What will be your main duties?
I am employed as a teaching librarian in the library unit Education. Altogether we are five teaching librarians who work against the different academies. I will be teaching students studying engineering, resource recovery and library and information science how to search for information.
What were you doing before you started here?
Just before I got this job I worked as an librarian at Bäckängs secondary library but before that I have worked in Gothenburg Sweden, Denmark and Luxembourg. What is characteristic to my job as a librarian is that I have always worked in education and libraries, something that I enjoy and think is very funny.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Workout at the Friskis & Svettis takes a lot of my time but I also work actively in Marks film studio. I am also a grandmother, an incredibly fun recreational activity. Reading is obviously a must and my little cottage in Hyssna takes a lot of time. So does sewing, knitting and crochet which also can be added to the list of leisure activities.
Do you have any book tips you want to share?
I tend to think therapeutically when I recommend good books to read. So here are some suggestions:
Need cheering up? The art of hearing heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker.
Want to be concerned and involved? Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Do you want to debate the issue of refugees? Emigrants series of Vilhelm Moberg.
Do you want to just be reading a book that provides a feel-good feeling after themselves? A red bird Christmas by Fanny Flagg.
Finally, a real favorite book that has many dimensions: What I loved by Siri Hustvedt
What do you enjoy most about the job?
The most fun with the job is to meet the students both in teaching situations and in the library. From a pedagogical perspective, it is also the change and development that is ongoing in teaching. The teaching is dynamic, never static. Last but not least, the library is a pleasant place to work, with wonderful colleagues.
Text & photo: Lena Wadell