New librarian bringing new ideas

A day after arriving in town the new librarian for the Ponoka Jubilee Library was introduced to board members and his new office.

David Tremblay has just started in his new role as librarian for the Ponoka Jubilee Library.

A day after arriving in town the new librarian for the Ponoka Jubilee Library was introduced to board members and his new office.

Coming from Peterborough, Ont., David Tremblay looks forward to his new role in town. Tremblay worked at the Toronto Public Library in one of 99 branches as reference librarian. He managed the international book collection of different languages.

Although the size of community and library is much smaller, Tremblay feels he is a perfect fit for Ponoka. “I’m kind of a small town person.”

Tremblay’s application came from networking with the Wetaskiwin Public Library; board president Rick Wyrozub was given Tremblay’s reference and the interview process started there.

With a master’s degree in information studies and the experience of operating outreach and information sessions, Tremblay looks forward to what he can bring to Ponoka.

“I’m nervous, excited. It’s all new,” he said. “There’s a lot to look forward to.”

He offered some thoughts on the state of libraries and their roles for residents.

“People love their libraries. It’s a community place,” he stated. “It can be an anchor to the community.”

The library board has spoken to him of their desire to see the Ponoka Jubilee Library change and expand. Despite changes in technology, he believes libraries are here for the long haul.

“Libraries are adapting…I don’t think they’re going away anytime soon,” said Tremblay. His hope is to bring more programs; some ideas he had were information sessions for seniors, more children’s programs and also getting a games night for teens. Whatever direction Tremblay goes, he looks forward to working with the different community organizations in town.

An idea he has considered too is putting out a survey to library clients to see what services they would like to see.

Settling in will take some time, Tremblay’s fiancé will move here around January but for now the board has helped him move into an apartment until he finds a more permanent home. “The board has been really accommodating.”

Having just arrived, Tremblay has enjoyed his interactions with residents and looks forward to the days ahead.

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