CAPAL Member Profile: Kristin Hoffmann

March’s member profile is with Kristin Hoffmann. Kristin is a Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western University in London, Ontario, and an editor of CAPAL’s Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL).

Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of work.

The London Community Orchestra is one of the hidden gems in London, Ontario. I’ve played violin in the orchestra since 2007, and for the past few years I’ve also served as the orchestra’s manager. Our rehearsals are a highlight of my week. The orchestra brings together people of all ages and from various stages and walks of life. We have a lot of fun rehearsing together, but we’re also serious about our music and give very high quality performances. I love playing music as part of a group, and this orchestra is very special to me.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I read a lot. I picked up hand-sewing a few years ago, and recently joined a local embroidery guild, and I like to stitch while watching shows online or listening to the CBC. I like to walk in the woods. I also love a good, long nap with my dog snuggled up next to me.

What were you doing before you started your current work position?

I was a subject librarian, also at the University of Western Ontario, most recently supporting economics and French. I started my career as a subject librarian for various science areas. I’ve been in my current work position since May 2018, when Western Libraries was re-organized. The subject librarian position essentially no longer exists here.

What are your research interests?

I’m interested in the topic of librarians-as-researchers. What helps us succeed as researchers, how can we foster a healthy research culture for librarians, and what does it mean for us to do research? Last year, my colleague Lise Doucette and I worked on a study to uncover conceptions of research among librarians and archivists, and our paper is going to be published in the forthcoming special issue on Research, Scholarship, and Canadian Academic Librarians in the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?

I almost always say ‘capple’ but I surprised myself the other day with a ‘ca-pal’.

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