Hi Lena Wadell!


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 Lena a few questions.

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What are your main duties?
I work in the unit Education and mainly teach business students information seeking, source criticism and reference management. The work involves a lot of contacts with both teachers and students. It involves planning of teaching, which is largely a competence development as well. You can not teach databases that you have not used yourself. A part of my job also consists of work at the library’s information point.

For how long have you worked here?
Now I’m actually at my 22st year here and I have worked with most duties at the library during different periods of time. I was not a qualified librarian when I first started here, but I have studied besides work in the meantime to become one.

What were you doing before you started here?
Just before I worked in the public library as an assistant to the Cultural Affairs Director in a suburb of northern Stockholm, but before that I was a secretary and rented out apartments. Before that we had a farm and were dairy farmers with all that implies.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
I love to travel, which I discovered relatively late in my life. Whit a farm you can almost never be away from home, in addition we have four children who have required its time. I am quite creative and practical, and it expresses itself in different ways. I paint furniture, going to the pottery class, working with concrete and I also sing in a choir. Music is a must for me. The very best thing however, is to hang out with my family and feel the joy it brings to be there when the children and grandchildren grow and develop. To sit and read books for a small child gives me more joy than I could ever have imagined.

Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
Since I like to read interesting books with a certain drive, unpredictable and with a twist at the end, I have a few favorite authors, I would recommend. The first is Karin Alvtegen. I’ve read all her books and they are all great. Another author who writes with the same tone is Hans Koppel. Medicinen and Kommer aldrig mer igen is two great books by him. I love to read historical novels and a writer who writes good in that genre is Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, Tempelbranden is an example. Last but not least, I like Johan Theorin’s a little spooky exciting books who takes place at the swedish island Öland.

Text: Lena Holmberg and Lena Wadell
Picture: Lena Holmberg