Hello Karin Süld!

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 Karin a few questions:

What are your main duties in the Library Karin?

– I work with education in information seeking, source criticism and reference management, primarily for students at the Swedish School of Textiles. The teaching is organised so that each moment includes both a lecture and a workshop. The planning and evaluation of each moment is done in collaboration with the teachers of the various programs.

Another part of my work is to staff the library’s Information Point where students, staff and the general public can come to get help with small and big issues, ranging from finding at our premises to searching for information.

For how long have you worked here?

– I have worked here since the mid-90s, for a while, then! The work has changed a lot over the years. Among other things, education has increased and become an integrated part of the education. This has contributed to making the librarian role more of an educator than before. And, it’s impossible not to mention the digitisation, which has changed the work both in content and in approach.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

– Then I am with my family and my friends. I also like being out in the forest, fix in the garden, watching movies and reading. My husband and I are building a new house and moving to the country, so it will fill a lot of our spare time for a while.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?

– A book I would recommend is The detour by Gerbrand Bakker. It is a story about a woman who suddenly and without explanation, leaves her home in the Netherlands and settles in a house in the Welsh countryside. Her days seems to be mostly work in the garden and care of a number of geese who happens to be on the farm. There is much that is mysterious and odd in the story. A young man shows up, unclear why and who he is. The woman’s husband is looking for her along with a Dutch police. The US 1800-century poet Emily Dickinson figures, such as the woman who previously lived in the house. Gradually, however, the picture of the Dutch woman and her story becomes clearer. It is a quiet and at the same time exciting book with an unexpected ending.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

– To meet the students, take part of their work and their issues and together with them work the way through the information jungle. Collaboration with teachers is also very fun and interesting; it gives me a good insight into what is going on in the different courses at the Swedish School of Textiles.

Text: Karin Süld and Lena Wadell
Picure: Lena Wadell

Hi Christel Olsson!

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 Christel a few questions.

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What are your main duties?
I work as a teaching librarian where I mainly teach the students who are studying to be teachers, preschool teachers and leisure-time pedagogues. I’ve worked here for quite a while so I have had the privilege to work with many different things over the years. The last few years have I worked in the function for Customer service but in March this year I started as a teaching librarian in the function for Education.

For how long have you worked here?
I’ve been working here since 2000. First I worked extra as a student assistant when I studied LIS and then (after 6 months at Jönköping University Library) I came here “for real” in 2002. Since then I have been on leave a few times, because of studies, parental leave or other jobs but I have always come back. Before I started here, I moved around and lived both abroad and in Sweden, I have studied and worked at a variety of places.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
I am happy to spend a lot of time with my children, either at the stable or in the icerink. They have caught an interest in my main hobby so now we ride together once a week and I try to practice their interest in figure skating by participating in an adult group, which is both scary and lots of fun. I love spending time with family and friends, I am part of a very cool book club and some other great “dinner-gatherings”.

We also visit our summer house in my hometown Kalmar as often as we can and once or twice a week I sell clothes through home sales. I also try to catch up with some jogging and skiing. I’m supposed to attend “TjejVasan” in the winter so I might have to increase my training volume a bit this fall. If time is given this semester I might also learn Icelandic once a week. I’m a little bit obsessed with Iceland.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
All interesting meetings and interesting conversations that take place here every day! Having the privilege of meeting all students. And then I have the absolute best, smartest and coolest colleagues so I think I can honestly say that I love going to work everyday.

Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
Jag heter inte Miriam by Majgull Axelsson – it feels more relevant than ever in view of the situation in the world right now. Then I would like to recommend Fyren mellan haven by M.L. Stedman. (The light between oceans) – it takes place in Australia, a country I often long for, and because I have never cried so much when reading a book.

Text: Christel Olsson and Lena Holmberg
Picture: Klaz Arvidson

Hi Tandis Talay!

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What are your main duties?
I work in customer service and just began a week ago, so I’m not sure of all tasks yet, but I know that I will work with scheduling and I will be in charge of the student assistants who work here. It also includes working at the information point 3 times / week, and then also work with the billing of overdue books. And I will also work closely with Campus services and IT.

For how long have you worked here, and what did you do before you started here?
I just started two weeks ago but I have worked here before, two years ago.Then I worked in both Media where I got to work with interlibrary loan and acquisition and Digital Services where Social Media was one of my many tasks.

What were you doing before you started here?
I worked at the University of Gothenburg, mainly at two different libraries: 40% at the Humanities Library in customer service but really most of interlibrary loans and 60% at the Social Science Library as a part of Digital Services, I was a member of the web team.

What do you do when you´re not at work?
I’m either out walking my dog or doing something with the house or having friends over or visiting friends. I recently found an interest in mindfulness and training, so I try to keep that going as well.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats of Jan-Philipp Sendker. The book is about a successful lawyer, originally from Burma but lives in New York with his wife and children who do not really know anything about his upbringing. One day he disappears without a word, and his family did not manage to track him beyond Bangkok. Four years later, his daughter Julia finds an old love letter that her father had written to an unknown woman in a small village in Burma. She decides to go there and look for her father. This book makes you think about the stressful life you live and the choices you have made.

Dream Heart by Cecilia Samartin. The book is about two cousins, Nora and Alicia who are living in Cuba during the 1950s. They are best friends and live their dream life until Fidel Castro takes over power. They separated briefly when Nora’s father decides that they should flee to the United States and Alicia’s father and family remains in Cuba. The cousins ​​keep in touch through correspondence. You get to experience how Havana is transformed from the beautiful to the poor ruined city. You also get to experience the struggle for identity. An exciting and entertaining book.

Text: Lena Holmberg och Tandis Talay
Picture: Katharina Nordling

Hi Svante!

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 Svante who works as Library Director a few questions.

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What are your main duties?
My assignment is to lead and develop the work at the library. I have the main responsibility for colleagues, working environment and economy, I also participate in the development of the University as a whole. That work is about to place the Library resources and services in a strategic way so it fits the University profile according to the education and research that takes place here.

For how long have you worked here, and what did you do before you started here?
I have been working at the University Library since 2002, but I became Library Director 2011. Earlier I worked as a teacher and headmaster within the primary school. Then I decided to study to librarian and studied at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science for two years before the opportunity to work at the University Library occurred.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
To be part of and to develop the workplace. Because of our changeable surrounding world the library world is in constant change and development. To work as a librarian you have an inherent will for new ideas and development, this makes librarians a very rewarding group to work with.

What do you do when you´re not at work?
I ride a couple of times in the week and during the spring and summer I like to spend time in the garden and in my green house. I also enjoy film and literature.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
I was pleasantly surprised by Paula Fox´s book Desperate characters, it´s an American classic, which has recently been published anew. Then I would like everyone to discover what a wonderful author Bodil Malmsten is. All she has written is well worth reading! Her novels, lyric poetry, blog posts…

 

Text: Svante Kristensson and Kajsa Magnusson
Picture: Suss Wilén

Hi Christina Larsson!

In a series of portraits we are introducing 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 library staff! Here you will meet Tina who is the one who worked at the library longest.

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What are your main duties?

My main job is to take care of our magazines and books coming to the library. From that they come to the library until they are on the shelf.  I also make sure that all our bills are paid, by putting them all in the university’s accounting system.

For how long have you worked here?

I hardly dare to say it but I’m in my 44th year here at the library. I became unemployed in 1972 after several years as a clerk in a construction company. There was a free job at the library, and I applied for the job, got it and on the way it is…  

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I like to eat a good meal with my friends. I do a lot needlework and in the summer there’s always a lot to do with my summer house and the garden there. Another big interest for me is to drive. I have been an active member in the Motor Transport Corps for many years.

Do you have any book tips you want to share?

As strange as it sounds, I’m no friend of reading. I´m probably too restless when I’m awake and too tired when I go to bed. The last book I read was This is where I leave you by Jonathan Tropper. It is a funny, raw novel about Judd who is forced to spend seven days  with the family after his father’s death.

Text: Christina Larsson & Lena Wadell
Photo: Lena Wadell

Hello Katharina Nordling!

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 Katharina a few questions.

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A large part of my time is devoted to communication. I lead the team at the Library working with communication. To be more concrete we’re talking about planning and writing blog posts like this one, writing news for our web site and maintaining our feeds in social media. We also have a newsletter for employees at the university that needs planning and writing before we send it away. Besides communication, I also work a little bit with some of our systems (especially our system for maintaining loans) and research support.

What made you apply for a job at the University of Borås?
I was a student at the university when I applied for a job here, and the thought of working at the university library was quite attracting for a student at the School of Library and Information Science. I mean this was the library where I had gone looking for books and articles so many times; just the thought of working here was thrilling. Plus it was such a nice library, just a few years old! Besides, I was at that time fairly clear that I wanted to work at a university, college or business library. The reason to this was partly the kind of people using these kinds of library, but also that I had a feeling that the technological development was faster within these libraries. And since I also have training as a computer engineer, I was drawn to it. If it is true that technological development is faster at these types of libraries or not, I leave unsaid today.

Today, I would gladly recommend others to apply for a job at “my” library. In my eyes, this is still a very good library, with the small organization’s advantage when it comes to speed and agility. It’s easy to change things, and your voice is listened to and taken into account. Plus it works a bunch of incredibly skilled (and funny) people here. Who doesn’t want that kind of colleagues?

Did you know from the start that you wanted to work with the things you do today?
Not at all! And I’ve worked with quite different tasks since I started here almost 10 (!) years ago. Purchase, teaching, programming, research support, web and communication. I think this is fun, there is the opportunity to try different things and develop in different directions. And if this question is rather about whether I’ve always wanted to be a librarian, the answer is still no. I became a librarian by coincidence, but it was still lucky, because it is a really fun job.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
I don’t know if it is possible to say that “this is the most fun,” but one thing that I appreciate very much my job is to try to work out how we can best inform our users about our business. So concretely it’s to reflect on how we will get our users to understand the extent of what we can do for them. And that applies both to students, researchers and other staff. And then it’s also very fun to meet users that already has realized that we can help them, and actually help them in a good and professional manner. For example, it is a very nice feeling when you helped a student to manage a database and the student receives articles that make sense from their perspective, and you see that the student really understands. In moments like that, it’s very fun to work.

Do you have any book tips that you want to share?
Jennifer Government by Max Barry is worth reading. It’s a twisted, funny and terrifying vision of the near future, when the world is run by giant corporations and employees take the last names of the companies they work for. It’s a globalised, ultra-capitalist free market paradise! It gives you something to think about.

Text: Katharina Nordling & Lena Holmberg
Photo: Lena Holmberg

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