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Brian Scott likes a good walk in the woods to clear his mind.
This is one of the reasons that the Senior Circulation Assistant/Reference Assistant at Brock University Library enjoys working at Brock.
“Having the ability to go out at lunchtime to walk along the trails near campus is an incredible perk of the job,” says Scott, who has been in his position at Brock for three years.
In addition to working at a university located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the nature lover also lives within walking distance of an extensive network of trails that stretches around the Brock campus and beyond. of the. He has been hiking, running or walking dogs almost daily along the escarpment for over a decade, and can often be found hiking with his family at popular natural sites in the Niagara, such as Ball’s Falls and Short Hills Provincial Park.
What department do you work for?
I am part of the Brock University Library’s User Services and Engagement (USE) department, which is often the first line of contact for students, staff, faculty, and community members seeking access to the Brock’s many resources. Library. We are strongly invested in student success and strive to provide the resources, tools, and spaces necessary for our clients to be successful in their endeavors.
In addition to in-person service at the Ask Us office, the USE team provides digital lending services, such as interlibrary loan, in-house digitization of book chapters, and course reading services for professors and instructors. .
Although the Brock Library is primarily a place to access academic resources, we also lend technology equipment, games, day passes to the Conservation Authority areas of the Niagara Peninsula and even seeds.
The library is a haven for students who wish to study quietly, meet in small groups or use one of our computer stations.
What does your role consist of and what do you enjoy?
My role is vast and every day is a little different. I set up course readings for teachers who wish to put their quarterly readings online. This involves finding readings from many different sources and verifying copyright compliance for the readings we publish. I also help with interlibrary loans, looking outside the institution to find physical and digital resources for our clients. Finding these resources often requires a bit of detective work and creative problem solving, which I love. I also assist with operational tasks, such as developing work schedules each quarter, improving existing workflows, and creating new workflows as our service model evolves. I’m also fortunate to be involved in a few great partnerships – the Seed Library, which is a partnership with Brock University’s Project Charter, and the NaturePlus Library Program which lends one-way passes. day giving access to the natural areas of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is helping customers and colleagues. I love knowing that I play a role (however small) in the success of our students and faculty in their academic careers. I am fortunate to work with my library colleagues, many of whom go above and beyond to help both our customers and each other. I thank all the members of the library for their help and good humor. I have also developed rewarding relationships with faculty and staff from many different departments at the University.
What was your first job?
My first job was working as a computer technician/repairer at my high school when I was 16. I was obsessed with computers and technology, and managed to get a job working every day after school fixing and upgrading school computers. This work taught me a lot about problem solving and also gave me a window into the professional life of teachers there.
How would others describe you? What are you known for?
I hope others might see me as caring, reliable and loyal. I’m best known to my kids for fixing things, and especially my wife for taking forever to fix those things. I am told that I make good waffles and homemade bread.
What don’t most people know about you?
I worked for a few years at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. I’ve worked in the archives and provided production assistance on a few Smithsonian Folkways Recordings releases.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy sharing my love of nature with my family by hiking along the Niagara Escarpment. We take the time to observe and learn about the different plants, trees and animals that the escarpment has to offer. Each season has its own unique beauty in the woods, and I never tire of observing the nature around me. I am also a self-taught banjo and fiddle player, and can often be found playing the banjo on my back patio. I am slowly learning to play the piano too. Playing music is a great escape for me.
What are you doing for self-care to maintain positive mental health?
I like to laugh a lot and try to smile often. I like to do random silly things to amuse my children and my wife. I also hike and play music.
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
At the end of the day, I completely “disconnect” from work. Now is the time to focus on me and my family.
What are you most proud of?
I am the proudest of my family. I am fortunate to be married to a wife (Mariek Schmidt) who is both an incredible mother and an outstanding teacher and researcher here at Brock in the field of planetary science. She has done incredible research on Mars over the past 16 years on three separate NASA missions. She has so much to do and she is succeeding with grace and humility. I am proud to be her husband. My 8 year old daughter Amity and 4 year old son Levi are becoming wonderful people who play, read, explore and investigate. Their exuberance for life and learning is boundless. I am proud to be their dad.