Meet Your Library Staff
In this month’s edition of Meet Your Library Staff, we are featuring Jessie Campbell, our new Library Manager!
- Are you a native Calgarian? If not, how did you choose to live here in Calgary?
I’m originally from Montreal, but I’ve called Calgary home for the last eight years or so and love it here. After undergrad, I moved to Vancouver for graduate school, where I met my husband who was from Calgary. We decided to move here after we graduated to be close to family and the mountains, and for work opportunities.
- What do you do when you are not at work?
I like to spend my time with family and friends, but I also to like read, watch shows and documentaries, and listen to music (we have a pretty large vinyl collection at home). I’m also learning how to knit.
- What makes you happy?
So many things, but my husband and dog make me the happiest.
- What made you choose a career in libraries?
I was working part-time at a community library while I was in undergrad and discovered that I love helping people with their information needs. That’s when I decided to become a librarian.
- What do you see as the role of an academic library in a technical school like SAIT? How is it different from other libraries that you have worked in?
I was working at the public library before starting at SAIT this month, and the core concept is the same, librarians help people with their information needs. The focus between public and academic libraries is different, however. Since public libraries serve the entire community they need to have a more generalist approach, but here at SAIT the library’s role is more specialized, focusing on how we can best support students and instructors with their specific needs.
- If you could enroll in any SAIT program, what would it be?
I would be interested in the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems.
- In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team?
In my experience, developing a shared understanding of the team’s purpose, the common goal they are working towards, and how they are going to achieve that goal is key in developing a team. Part of that work involves recognizing the value of the team’s work and setting them up for success. Effective communication is critical to developing teams.
- What excites you about starting a new position at SAIT?
I’m excited to learn more about how the organization works as a complex system, and the many ways the library supports SAIT in achieving its strategic objectives. I’m most excited about working with the library team on how we can continue to improve our services and discover innovative ways of supporting students and instructors.
- What was the last major project you undertook?
I was involved in the planning and implementation of reopening the branches at the public library during COVID-19. We successfully completed the project with a very quick turnaround time. The best part of reopening was seeing how happy the patrons were to be back borrowing library books. I’m thrilled that we are open for curbside holds pickup at Reg Erhardt Library so that students and instructors have access to our physical collections again.
- Is there anything else you’d like to share (about your new role, about yourself, about libraries, etc.)?
I am delighted to work at SAIT’s Reg Erhardt Library! I’ve heard many great things about the organization and the people. My colleagues and team have been so kind and welcoming, and I feel very lucky to work with such a great group of people.