Richmond Public Library technician Steven McCreedy.
Library tech carries out a ‘bit of everything’
Published 12:43 PST, Thu November 25, 2021
There’s never—well, seldom anyway—a down day for Steven McCreedy.
As a library technician at the Richmond Public Library’s Cambie branch, his job is to carry out practical tasks on a day by day basis. That may be assisting librarians or helping patrons access information. But for McCreedy it’s all in a day’s work, and certainly a labour of love.
What do you like the most about what you do?
“By far my favourite part is connecting with the customers. I love helping the people who come in. Working here for as long as I have, I’ve watched families grow. I’ve seen babies right from being just a few weeks old all the way through to graduation and beyond, and knowing that I’ve helped them and their families throughout the years is just the best feeling.”
How did you come to find yourself in this role?
“I started almost 20 years ago as a book-shelver on the suggestion of a friend. I found that I enjoyed working in the library enough that I decided to get my library technician diploma. An opportunity came up at the Cambie branch around the same time I finished school and I’ve been here ever since. I don’t want to say that I fell into it but the timing really worked out for me.”
How would you describe your role at the library?
“I do a little bit of everything. I answer people’s questions and help them find books; I do programs like book clubs, Storytime, or the Pokémon Trainer’s Gym card game club for kids.”
How do you feel that you and your role most benefit the community?
“I try to make the library a comfortable ‘third space’ for people to belong. I feel like my role is to help people find their way and explore what the library offers. With so many different things that I do, I’m helping families learn and bond together both with the programs like Storytime and with helping them find books.”