ATG Star of the Week: Sara Holder, Head Librarian – Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University

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S_HolderName: Sara Holder
Position: Head Librarian – Education Library & Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University
Email:
sara.holder@mcgill.ca
Website: http://lnkd.in/hTEvz3

 

Born and Lived: Born: Chicago, IL; Lived: Chicago, IL; Poughkeepsie, NY; Florence, Italy; Princeton, NJ; Montreal, QC

Professional Career and Activities:

  • Head Librarian, Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University (2010-current, Interim Head 2008-2010)
  • Liaison Librarian, Education Library and Curriculum Resources Centre, McGill University (2006-2008)
  • Data Specialist, Electronic Data Resources Service, McGill University (2005-2006)
  • Interim Project Manager/Associate Director of the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA), Princeton University (2003-2004)
  • Reference Librarian, Princeton University (2001-2004)

Currently active in: American Library Association (Library Instruction Roundtable), Association of College & Research Libraries (Instruction Section, Education & Behavioral Sciences Section), L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library Association (Board Member)

Family: Married, 1 child

In My Spare Time: sports (playing & watching), cooking/baking/eating good food, reading, travel

Favorite Books: Too many to mention… what I’m reading right now will give an idea: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Bad Boy by Peter Robinson; Beyond Literacy by Michael Ridley

Pet Peeves: bad driving, poorly-run meetings, intellectual snobbery

Philosophy: Just smile and wave….  – Skipper the Penguin

Most Memorable Career Achievement: passing promotion & tenure review and the publication of my book “Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends & Best Practices (IGI Global)

Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: This is my least-favorite interview question – so much can change in one year, not to mention five. I am currently supervising two librarians who are on the tenure track – I would be very happy to look back five years from now and feel that I had effectively supervised/coached/mentored them both through that process.

How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Libraries will continue the move toward being providers of space and services rather than storehouses of books. We will provide access to materials but the need to visit the library physically in order to use them will continue to decrease. The libraries that survive and thrive will be those who have been innovative in offering the services and providing/designing the types of spaces that their users want and need.

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