BY NATALIE CHAPMAN
Meet Arlene Dupuis, Technical Services Assistant, Acquisitions. Arlene has been at the R.P. Bell Library since 2003.
1. Favourite book: Shaking it Rough: a Prison Memoir by Andreas Schroeder (in the R.P. Bell Library at call number HV 9507 .S3). Not everyone will identify with it but as a 20-year-old, it can help open your eyes to what’s important in life. As a foreign student who attended Mount Allison, my ideas & perceptions are a little different than Canada’s, due to cultural differences.
2. If you could offer one piece of advice to young people in their twenties it would be: I would probably say to try different courses, because you don’t always know what might interest you. Branch out a bit more and try a couple of different subjects in your first year. You might surprise yourself with what you like!
3. What do you love about library work? I have a lot of different tasks and aspects to work on and I really enjoy the variety of my job.
4. My favourite place in the Bell: is probably the Flying Bean.
5. Where you’re most likely to find me off-duty… relaxing at home or riding my motorbike in the summer.
6. My passion in life: is helping people. I have two kids through Plan International Canada, a not-for-profit organization that allows you to sponsor children. They are the ones who started the Because I am a Girl campaign!
7. Best known among my colleagues for: finding and opening all the cans of worms, the problems and issues that take more time to resolve than we have. Ha ha!
8. What do you find most challenging about your job? I pay mainly all the journal subscriptions. Sometimes getting invoices from the smaller publishers can be difficult as they can change vendor hands, resulting in receiving invoices from a different vendor.
9. Favourite movie of all time: The Sound of Music is the first one that comes to mind. (The soundtrack to the Sound of Music is available in the Music Library at call number CDISC .C2362)
10. People are always surprised when they learn that I … own and ride a motorbike!
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