February’s member profile is with Maha Kumaran. Maha is Head of the Education & Music Library and Education Liaison at the University of Saskatchewan and a CAPAL board member.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Lately, I don’t seem to have “free” time. I am doing some courses and between full time work and courses, I seem to have less time for anything else. When I am free though I love to have friends over, eat, drink, and enjoy. My husband and I also try and visit our son who recently moved to Edmonton for university.
Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of work.
Cooking. I love to try and cook different kinds of foods.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
A wise and wonderful librarian gave me this advice when I mentioned my interest in joining library school. When you get a job in any library, she said, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut. I still have a hard time with the last part, but it is a process.
What are your research interests?
It started as “visible minorities” OR “multiculturalism” and librarianship. It has now evolved to “diversity” and mostly academic librarianship. I also dabble in other areas such as succession planning, leadership, research and librarianship, and information literacy skills.
What made you decide to join CAPAL?
One of the major attractions for me is the Diversity and Equity Committee. Considering who I am and my research interests, I feel that I can make meaningful contributions to CAPAL through this committee. I am also a director on the CAPAL Board. Within a few months I have made numerous connections with great people who have inspiring ideas. I don’t think I would have met everyone in such a short time without being on CAPAL.
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