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Leadership in Libraries by Maha Kumaran

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About the author

I am the older of two daughters born to middle-class parents in India. Education and results from school performance were important; extra-curricular activities were not part of our lives.

I moved to Canada with my husband in 1994. I had no intention of becoming a librarian. I had finished my MA in English and my M.Phil. course (not the thesis) when I moved here. The Canadian economy in the 1990s was doing so badly that I had a hard time getting even dishwashing jobs. I felt lucky when one of the part-time jobs I landed was at a branch of the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) as a page. I worked close to 15 hours a week for about $5 an hour – it was back-breaking, repetitive work and the pay was poor, but I enjoyed being in a ...

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