CAPAL’s February Member Profile: Mary Greenshields


February’s Member Profile is of Mary Greenshields at the University of Lethbridge. Mary is a Professional Librarian, Instructor for Library Science (LBSC) 0520 & LBSC 2000; Liaison to the Indigenous Student Success Cohort, Indigenous Studies, and the Indigenous Governance & Business Management Program at the University of Lethbridge Library.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I spend a lot of time with my 8 year old child and our menagerie. I am also an avid snowboarder, yogi, reader, and gardener.

What’s your favourite place in your library?
I absolutely love being in the library instructional space, working with students.

Do you have a mentor in the library field?
I have so many mentors in the library field! In fact, librarianship is arguably a profession that requires mentorship. My earliest mentors were some of the current and former librarians at the University of Lethbridge Library who encouraged me to enter the MLIS program. I had some amazing, inspiring profs in the University of Alberta’s SLIS who are also mentors. Most recently, my colleagues from my time as a resident at University of Alberta Libraries have provided incredible support, mentorship, and ongoing friendships that have inspired my work and research.

What are your research interests?
Before I became a librarian, my interests were focused on English and French literature, and feminism. As such, my interests in LIS research are also related to these ideas. Currently, I am reading and writing about love as a feminist affect and thinking about how that idea intersects with libraries.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
I’m apple girl.