Today we are pleased to announce the second post in a new series here on the AALT Technician, Faces of AALT! Faces of AALT is a great way to learn about different kinds of library technician work and about your co-members across the province. We are starting by featuring our 2016-17 board members, but soon we will be turning it over to regular members. If you would like to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Faces of AALT soon!
AALT Communications Services Director 2016-17
Faces of AALT: Theresa Remtulla, AALT President Elect
AALT Technician: What is your professional background?
Theresa Remtulla: I started working in the North Kamloops Public Library shelving materials and working at the circulation desk in 1992. I really enjoyed working in libraries so I decided to go to library school in 1998 and graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a diploma in Library and Information Technology. After graduating, I gained experience as a library technician by working at the Department of Education and Training Library (Manitoba), Red River College and working for the District Resource Centre (Vernon) library which was school library that served teachers throughout the Vernon school district. In 2002, I moved to Calgary for a position at Mount Royal University Library. I have worked in Access Services, Technical Services and I am currently working as an Information Assistant, Archives and Special Collections.
AT: Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
TR: I work for Mount Royal University Library. I currently hold an acting appointment as Information Assistant, Archives and Special Collections. I am responsible for providing information and research support services to students, staff and faculty at MRU as well as in the library Archives. My position involves providing public services to the students, staff and faculty at MRU but I also work within the library archives, providing information services, creating finding aids and helping to organize and get the Archives ready for the move to our new library building next year!
AT: What made you want to work in the library and information field?
TR: I really enjoyed reading as a young child and frequently visited our local public library. I started working in libraries because a public library employee noticed my love for books and she encouraged me to apply for a job as a page shelving books.
AT: What is the most awesome part of your job?
TR: The most awesome part of my job is when I help a student to find something that they are looking for in our library. I really enjoy the customer service aspect of my current position in my library!
AT: What advice would you give to someone looking to becoming a library technician?
TR: The advice that I would give to someone who is looking to become a library technician is to volunteer, get involved in a library that you love, take an introductory library course, become an library association member, and/or continue to study and upgrade your skills. Libraries are constantly changing so it is important to continue to learn!
AT: What is the last book(s) you read?
TR: Holes by Louis Sachar
AT: What do you like to do outside of work?
TR: Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and two children. I enjoy exercising in my spare time. I practice yoga, spinning and lift weights.
AT: What is your favorite place to travel/a memorable trip?
TR: My favorite place to travel is to Mexico. My family love to eat, snorkel, swim and walk on the beautiful beaches!
Thank you, Theresa!