Member Q&A - Samantha Williams


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

If you want to be involved in this feature let us know at psay@psa.org.nz

Samantha WilliamsThis month we talk to Samantha Williams, Library Assistant, Auckland.

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

Excited, I have enjoyed reading all the previous peoples Q&A's.

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

I'm a library assistant at Auckland Libraries. I assist the senior children's librarian with children and youth related library programs and events. As i work in a small library our tasks vary everyday from general customer enquiries, collection management to going out to pre schools and kindergarten visits.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

I recently finished a secondment where i went out to local kindergartens. One of the children from there had come to the library for a visit. Upon seeing me the young girl came running up to me to give me a big hug. There is nothing more rewarding than hugs from children.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

Coming up with new and exciting teen displays. Pinterest is my life saver!

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?

I like that the PSA and the PSA Youth fight hard for our rights. Sometimes youth can be forgotten about.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?

Reading (of course), spending way too many hours watching vlogs and tutorials on YouTube and daydreaming about being on a remote island, sipping a nice cold beverage.

What are your three favourite foods?

Pizza, steak with baked potatoes and ice cream!

What are your three loves?

Music, listening to rain while in bed and spending time with family and friends.

What are your three pet peeves?

Not being able to find a pen (I now keep one on my name tag lanyard), cars that are parked over 2 parking spots, and the sound of people snorting (it's worse than nails on a chalk board).

What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

To not be so gullible and to have started my diploma then so i'm not only just finishing it now. Why are we so silly when we are young?

Anything else you would like to add?

YOLO! Make the most of it :)