May Member Profile


May member profile is of Aneta Kwak, Information Services and Instruction Librarian at University of Toronto.

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I took up baking during the pandemic and it has turned into a passion of mine. I fell in love with the ability to get creative with decorating sugar cookies and cupcakes. I’m still learning and trying to master lots of techniques, like being able to create a flower from icing, but I’m enjoying the process.

I also love strength training and lifting heavy weights. I don’t complete in any weight lifting competitions at this time, but it might be something I explore in the future.”

Tell us about a library you love in a different city you have visited.

A library that I love is one that I stumbled upon during a trip to Valletta, the capital city of Malta, in 2018. I was walking around the old town, which has lots of narrow streets with amazing architecture that then open up to squares throughout the old city. I happened to turn a corner and reached an opening when I was drawn to a particularly lovely building. As I got closer, I discovered it was the National Library of Malta! Of course, I went inside and was able to walk through the library and view some of the archival manuscripts on display. What I loved most about this library was how I found it by accident and how beautiful of a space it is.

Tell us about a typical day at work.

I love this questions because the true answer is that I don’t have a typical day at work! As a liaison librarian in a small academic library, I get the chance to engage in reference support, information literacy instruction, collection development, manage the online course reader service and other special projects. So one day is never like the next, which keeps every day interesting for me.

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

I’m very excited to be collaborating with a colleague on a search strategy for exploring non-dominant voices when conducting research to encourage researchers to incorporate more diverse perspectives into the scholarly conversation.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?

I say “capple”.