Member Profile: Martha Attridge Bufton

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CAPAL’s Member Profile series resumes with the fall semester! For fall, we are getting to know Martha Attridge Bufton, Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian at Carleton University.

What is your motto?

An opportunity is never an opportunity til it passes you by.

What is something people would be surprised if they knew about you?

I am learning to play the autoharp.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Always ask the question “Who cares?” … as in, “Who cares enough to think about, write about, publish about this particular problem or topic?” Frances Montgomery, a librarian par excellence and even better mentor, gave me this advice when I was starting at the Carleton University Library and it’s helped me to encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach to their research.

What were you doing before you started your current work position?

I have a checkered work life: Auditor, radio operator/bus driver, school administrator, fundraiser, editor, and subject specialist. I did them all before figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up (a librarian). But each job has been the proverbial stepping stone towards this current position and being a late bloomer works for me.

What made you decide to join CAPAL?

I was still finishing my master’s in library science and wanted to be part of an academic librarian community. CAPAL fit the bill.

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