November Member Profile


CAPAL’s November member profile is Ariel Stables-Kennedy, First Year Experience Librarian at McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Ontario.

What is your favorite line from a movie?
I have a somewhat pathological love for the movie So I Married An Axe Murderer. It’s Mike Myers’ first film and I can (and do) quote many lines from it. My all-time favourite is when Mike Myer’s Scottish father goes on a rant about the size of a young man’s head – [Scottish accent] ” Look at the size of that boy’s heed… I’m not kidding, it’s like an orange on a toothpick…Well, that’s a huge noggin. That’s a virtual planetoid…Has it’s own weather system. HEAD! MOVE!”. Is it an elaborate ruse for me to bust out my attempt at a Scottish accent work? Absolutely.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Those who know me (or have been in a zoom meeting with me) know that I am the steward of an irascible scamp of a dog named Maude. She’s a 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog and boy is she fun! Most of my non-work waking hours are spent picking up and then throwing whatever object has caught her eye in a Sisyphean game of fetch or going for a nice, long walk to buy myself a little quiet time.

Do you have a mentor in the library field?
I sure do! Throughout my career I have benefitted immensely from the sage advice of more seasoned librarians. While I was an MLIS student, I worked at the University of Waterloo and I was fortunate to work for Kari Weaver and Kate Mercer. Working there was a master class in being a rad teaching librarian and that experienced really laid the foundation to how I approach my practice today. They were patient when I made mistakes, took time to explain how academic libraries really work, and challenged me to grow as a librarian and professional. Honestly, I’m eternally grateful.

Have you attended any conferences recently? Which was your favourite and why?
I’m pre-emptively excited for the ISSOTL21 conference. Teaching during covid has been such an interesting creative challenge and i’m eager to see how educators around the word have responded. I generally find scholarship of teaching and learning conferences quite an interesting change from library oriented ones. It’s fascinating to see how SOTL research intersects and diverges with ours and I think there’s lots can learn from other disciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
I’m team ‘capple’!