Alexandra Yarrow, B.A. Hon., M.L.I.S. Coordinator / Coordonnatrice, Succursale Carlingwood BranchBibliothèque publique dOttawa Public Library
Library roots• Atwater, Westmount and Fraser Hickson Library patron• 1998 - Marianopolis Student Library Assistant• 1999-2004 – Westmount Public Library• 2000-2002 – Nicholas Hoare Books• 2002-2004 – MLIS at McGill – Student Assistant at Health Sciences Library – Practicum at Miss Edgars and Miss Cramps School• 2004-2005 – Eleanor London Côte-St-Luc Library [term]• 2005-2006 – Westmount Public Library [term]
• 2006 – present – Ottawa Public Library – Librarian, Rideau Branch • During renovations, seconded to various projects at Vanier and in West end – Supervising Librarian, St Laurent Branch – Supervising Librarian, Rideau Branch
• 2006 – present – Ottawa Public Library – Acting Coordinator, Diversity and Accessibility Services • Bookmobile, Homebound and Volunteer Services – Coordinator, Diversity and Accessibility Services [term] – Coordinator, Carlingwood Branch
OPL by the numbersItem 2011 2010Population City of Ottawa 927,118 917,570Items borrowed 11,156,138 10,559,495Library visits in person 5,275,850 5,254,500Library visits electronically 14,993,291 12,468,060Reference and information 642,050 681,750questionsNumber of public 903,580 900,046workstation sessionsWireless logins 144,669 106,329Programs 10,414 10,165Program attendance 204,714 194,956Items used in Library 1,907,900 2,074,650
Carlingwood Branch by the numbers• Opened in 1966• Serves a population of approximately 46,000 in Bay Ward and some of the 40,000 in Kitchissippi Ward.• 120, 000 items in collection• Monthly numbers: – Circulation: 48, 000 items – In-person visits: 24, 000 – 1600 people attend 70 free programs.
Some fun programs! Coffee with your councillor 2012 Summer reading club closing party Teen advisorygroup creating spine poetry
#failcamp, Carlingwood-style!• Golden Oak Book Club• Art-based programs• Film Club• Some of the “Coffee with the community” events• Babysitting course• IT issues: wiring, computer software, printers• Some unique attempts at partnerships
Regular responsibilities• Adult Information Desk (22h / week)• Monthly reports to manager• Staff performance and development: – Individual contribution agreements – Training, projects, workflow• Staff liaison: – 1-on-1 meetings (monthly) Teen shelftalkers – Team meetings (quarterly) – Branch meetings (a few times a year) – Cluster meetings (annually)
Day-to-day responsibilities • Scheduling • Collection maintenance, displays • Patron comment cards • E-mail! • Partnerships and outreach • Program coordination • Maintenance and building • More? http://ottawapubliclibrarian.blogspot.com/ search/label/librarydayinthelife
RFID @ OPL• $1.78M in 2012 (tagging all branches and converting Hazeldean)• $3.785M Total estimated remaining capital costs (5-8 years)• Check out the AMH in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3s-KWPwTU4• Check out RFID at Hazeldean Branch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g28fV9Z_dk
5 best things about my job• Autonomy• Bonds of trust with the community, and the team• Working from the ground up• Variety / diversity of experiences/opportunities/tasks• Responsibility
Professional development• Vice-chair of the Ontario Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Committee• Chair, Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award jury• Northern Exposures to Leadership 2010• Instructor, Acquisitions, in the Library and Information Technician Program at Algonquin College.
Advice• You are your own best advocate• Mentor someone and be mentored• Make a name for yourself• Learn from mistakes• Soft skills are more important than hard/technical skills• Get involved in a professional association
Thank you! Alexandra YarrowAlexandra.Yarrow@BiblioOttawaLibrary.cahttp://ottawapubliclibrarian.blogspot.com/