Vivian Zhang joined the Cataloguing Department in January for an eight-month co-op work term. In this position, Vivian catalogues materials for the Library’s collection, works on the research help desk, and participates in various library committees and projects.
This is Vivian’s first cataloguing position. “It is a great opportunity for me to put what I have learnt into practice,” she says. “What I like most is the actual cataloguing. I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of a new book in my hands and the fragrance of the ink, and working with so many new books before they are put on the shelf is a pleasure in itself.”
Vivian admits that the cataloguing can be challenging at times, requiring that she elevate her attention to detail “to a whole new level.” This year she is also gaining exposure to the new cataloguing rules which will come into effect in 2013.
Beyond cataloguing, Vivian is interested in learning about other areas of library operation, in particular, reference and information literacy instruction.
She is currently completing her Masters of Library and Information Science degree at Western and has one term left to finish following her co-op placement. She has a BA and MA in English Literature and Linguistics from Hebei Normal University in China and also has experience working as a high school teacher and a liaison officer at the Office of International Cooperation for a university in Beijing.
Outside of work, Vivian enjoys reading, practicing yoga, swimming, and playing table tennis. “But what I love the most,” she says, “is spending time with my sweet cocker spaniel, Coco.”