Reliable Sources: Emily Kingsland

Author: Sarah Simpkin

In this new column we’ll be featuring interviews with local library, archives and museum staff and students. Our first interviewee is Emily Kingsland!


Who are you?

My name is Emily Kingsland, and I’m from Montreal, born and raised. I’m a social sciences librarian at the University of Ottawa and a recent graduate from McGill University’s School of Information Studies.

What was your first library-related job?

When I was 17 years old I started working part-time in the Children’s Department of the Westmount Public Library. I worked there for over 7 years and got to lead story times, crafts, and sing-alongs. I am only good at one of those three things.

One out of three, eh?

I’ve always been a natural-born storyteller, but crafts do not come naturally to me. I enjoy singing in groups, but I dislike the sound of my own voice. Singing in front of small children, their parents, and nannies, has remained the scariest thing I’ve ever had to do on the job. My boss at the time, Wendy Wayling, told me that I had to lose all my inhibitions and that was the greatest advice because once I was able to do that, I didn’t care if my voice wasn’t particularly strong.

I don’t imagine you do as much singing at the University of Ottawa. What does your day-to-day look like now?

I started the position a little over a month and a half ago, but I really had to hit the ground running since it was the start of the school year. I’ve given some introductory workshops in both English and French on how to use the library, I work at the reference desk quite a bit, I’ve had many one-on-one session with students, and the rest of the time I’ve spent soaking everything in.

Wow, what a busy time to start! Have you had any mentors along the way?

Yes, several! Wendy Wayling at Westmount Library was my first boss and she trusted me with a lot of responsibility at a young age. It gave me a real sense of ownership over my position. Kathleen Massey, McGill University’s Registrar, taught me how to lead and remain calm in tense situations. Luigina Vileno and Michelle Lake at Concordia University both gave me excellent career advice and taught me a great deal about information literacy.

Have your mentors given you any advice on workplace décor? What’s the coolest thing in your workspace?

They all had excellent taste in workplace décor! The coolest thing in my office is a framed original watercolour of Richie Tenenbaum from the movie The Royal Tenenbaums, which was a gift from my talented friend Justin Woo, who you can follow on Twitter @justinwwoo

It’s been a month and a half. How are you enjoying Ottawa so far?

It’s been great! Several of my friends from library school got jobs in Ottawa and I have reconnected with many old friends who have moved here over the years. I’ve enjoyed exploring the area and finding quirky little spots. For example, I love House of Targ, which is not just a concert venue – it’s also an old-school arcade and they sell pierogies.

Who should I interview next?

You should interview Sandy Hervieux, one of my friends from library school! She works at Saint Paul University, right here in Ottawa.

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Reliable Sources



Tour of the Beaverbrook Branch of Ottawa Public Library / La visite de la succursale Beaverbrook de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa



Join us for a tour of the newly-renovated RFID-equipped Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata

Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm

$5 for members and 7$ for non-members
Space limited to 30 people

Take bus 68 from downtown.

If you are looking for a ride or able to offer one, please let us know in your RSVP email.

RSVP at by November 13th, 2014


Joignez-vous à nous pour une visite de la succursale Beaverbrook de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, 2500 ch. Campeau, Kanata

Jeudi, le 20 novembre à 19 h 00

5 $ membres, 7 $ autres participants
Les places sont limitées à 30 personnes

Pour vous rendre, prenez l’autobus 68 du centre-ville.

Si vous avez une voiture et voudriez covoiturer, ou si vous cherchez un tour, s’il vous plaît laissez-nous savoir dans votre courriel RSVP.

RSVP à avant le 13 novembre 2014.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Library Tours


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Peer-to-Beer: LANCR’s Fall Kick-Off / Peer-to-Beer: Le “kick-off” de l’automne pour ABCRN

Gloomy that summer has ended? Thirsty for a drink after work or class? Or perhaps you are itching to meet new people or see some old friends? Never fear! Attend LANCR’s kickoff event to satisfy your networking needs! Pop on by for a chat and meet other professionals in LibraryLand with our Peer-to-Beer event, which will take place at The Three Brewers on Sparks Street.

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, The Three Brewers is located at the corner of Sparks and Bank Street. “Whether you are in the mood for a flight of freshly brewed beer or delicious plate of German sausage and sauerkraut, our artisanal environment will have you falling in love with our craft and our concept.” Check out their menu here: or their list of brews (on tap, local beers and imported) here:


Date/Time: Thursday, September 18th, 5-7 p.m.

Location: The Three Brewers, Unit C215, 240 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 6C9, corner of Sparks and Bank Street


Not a member of LANCR? No problem! Our team will be set up to meet your membership needs. LANCR membership is $20 for the year, $10 for students. For more information, contact us:




Twitter: @lancr_abrcn




Vous êtes attristé de voir la fin de l’été ?  Voulez-vous prendre un verre après le travail ou les classes? Ou peut-être vous voulez rencontrer de nouvelles personnes ou retrouver de vieux amis? À ne pas vous inquiéter! Vous pouvez assister à l’événement de lancement de l’ABRCN pour satisfaire vos besoins de réseautage. Profitez pleinement de notre événement Peer-to-Beer pour passer nous voir afin de causer et rencontrer d’autres professionnels.  Cet événement aura lieu chez Les Trois Brasseurs.


Établi en plein cœur d’Ottawa, Les Trois Brasseurs se situe sur le coin des rues Sparks et Bank. « Que vous soyez d’humeur pour un bon verre de bière fraîchement brassée ou un délicieux plat de saucisses ou de choucroute allemande, nous vous ferons tomber amoureux de notre métier et de notre concept. »  Jetez un coup d’œil au menu en suivant ce lien : ou consultez une liste exhaustive de leurs bières (bières en fût, locales ou importées) :



Date à retenir : Jeudi 18 septembre, 17h00-19h00

Lieu : Les Trois Brasseurs,  240 rue Sparks, unité C215, Ottawa, ON K1P 6C9, situé sur le coin des rues Sparks et Bank


Vous n’êtes pas encore membre de l’ABRCN? Pas de problème! Notre équipe sera disponible pour faciliter votre adhésion. L’adhésion à l’ABRCN est $20.00 pour l’année, $10.00 pour les étudiants.  Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez communiquer avec nous :

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Social Events


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