November’s Member Profile: Julia Wells


CAPAL’s member profile for November is of Julia Wells, User Engagement & Student Success Librarian.

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What is your favourite line from a movie?

“I’ll have what she’s having.” – Older Woman Customer (played by Estelle Reiner) ~When Harry Met Sally

What are you reading right now? What is it about?

At 3am, when I’m often awake with all-consuming state-of-the-world thoughts, I find Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series is a good distraction. I’m currently reading “Bad Luck and Trouble” – while the title speaks to my mood, the murder and mayhem usually lull me back to sleep.

What are you most excited to be working on right now?

I’m excited to be organizing a virtual version of our “Long Night Against Procrastination” event. In the Before Times, this event saw 300+ people in the library twice a year. Envisioning this extravaganza of tutors, workshops, pizza, and even eyebrow-threading, as anything but an in-person event has been challenging. We’re up for it this November (minus the eyebrow maintenance). Wish us luck!

Do you have a mentor in the library field?

My mentors are my generous and supportive colleagues at TRU. Being relatively new to this gig – I became a librarian at 48 years old – I appreciate the collective wisdom that surrounds me. A special shout-out to Penny Haggarty, librarian-extraordinaire for 30+ years. Penny has been a kind and supportive mentor to me, not only sharing her knowledge and experiences, but also sharing a good laugh along the way.

What made you decide to join CAPAL?

I was so inspired by the sessions I attended at CAPAL19 conference in Vancouver that I not only became a member, but I also joined the CAPAL Diversity and Equity Committee.

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