In Volume 9 we speak with Donna Gundry from Plymouth College of Art.

What am I reading?

I’m a big fan of Japanese literature and wholly recommend reading The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami. It’s a quiet book that is wonderful in its minimalism and descriptions of daily life. Like reality, the characters are subtle and keep parts of themselves hidden. Kawakami is a master of capturing the ordinary.

The Interview

Job title?
Head of Library Service

What’s the best part of your job?
The Induction time is usually really hectic, but its a lot of fun meeting all the new students. Plus we give the students some welcome sweets, and there are normally a few packs left over.

Favourite book? Favourite magazine?
Tim Flach- More than Human. Wonderful Photographic book.

What will the library of the future be like? (In one sentence)
More embracing of digital format, open space with seating for students and staff to work together.

Most common query in the library?
How do I find this book…usually the student has the title and author or the Dewey number.

Coffee or Tea?
Fruit tea.

What job would you do if you weren’t a librarian?

Should the library be quiet or a place for discussion?
Both, libraries should provide space for both quiet working and an individual, as well as space for group work and discussion.

Many thanks to Donna for taking the time to answer my questions.

Speaking of which, we have a new set of questions at the ready!
Would you like to participate or nominate a colleague?
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