You are here: Home > Blogs > Library-Connect
On Line

Library Connect banner

Library Faces: Malcolm

- 0 Comment(s)

Today's post comes to Slice of Calgary from one of our resident Eco-Action bloggers, Shannon C. Enjoy!

Growing up in Taber, Alberta, Malcolm Lim started playing violin and piano at age six. Three years later, when he was given the choice of instrument to learn at school, he made a beeline for the drums and never looked back.

Fast-forward a few decades and that continuing passion for percussion has offered Malcolm a busy life in the somewhat rarefied career path of working musician. His studies and his teaching have taken him around the world from Calgary to Colorado, California, New York City and Brazil.

These days Malcolm teaches percussion at Mount Royal University’s Conservatory of Music, is co-director, along with wife Barbara Oliveira-Lim, of the Calgary School of Samba and he’s CEO of Rhythm Mastery, an organization that provides team based collaborative problem solving and leadership programs. According to Lim, “you can fire up more cylinders with music than if you approach problems more theoretically.” The learning through drumming approach allows people to break down barriers and get past the usual defenses, while also illuminating the dynamics behind work teams. “If there’s a festering boil, then we can pop it, deal with it and get past it.”

For the past four years Malcolm also worked as a substitute Reference Assistant at the Central Library, first in the Business, Science and Social Sciences department and now in the Arts department. His music background is valuable when referring customers to great works of music, finding scores and rare recordings and answering musicology questions.

Malcolm graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Performance. But he went to McGill thinking he’d be a doctor: “I think I was still adopting the general attitude around me that music is not a way to make a living, so I was headed for med school because I was good in science. I only went into music after reading Joseph Campbell’s line, ‘When you follow your bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.’” Music certainly is bliss to Lim: “It’s the best way to express spirit, to manifest it. You’re creating sound out of nothing. It’s a miracle. All of it’s a miracle.”

What are your hobbies, and interests?

Wing Chun Kung Fu, eating (Sushi, Chinese, pasta, Greek, Lebanese, French, soups), snare drumming, and existential humour.

What’s your favourite book, author or genre?

In the last couple years, if memory serves, I read fiction: horror, gothic, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, and winners of the Man Booker Prize. I also read non-fiction: science, memoirs, continental philosophy, developmental psychology, leadership and management, and religion. I like it all! I’m a genre glutton.

What are you reading right now?

A collection of Brazilian “Cronicas.” They are a genre of really short pieces, 1-3 pages.

Favourite Movie?

Little Miss Sunshine.

What are your passions?

Gluttony and lust.

If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?

Sloth week 1, Cheetah week 2, in alternating shifts.

What makes you happy?

A happy wife.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Still being married after almost 10 years.

What is your motto?

Wake Up, Grow Up, Show Up.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want to have with you?

A priest, a rabbi and an atheist.

The Library is 100 years old this year. What is your vision for the Library of the future?

If the orchestra of today is like a museum of musical works, then the library of tomorrow could be a museum of reading experiences, so let’s keep hard copies of books around in addition to e-books!

Rating the e-Readers

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Kobos and Kindles and Nooks – what’s the best e-reader for you?

Thinking of giving an e-reader for Christmas? Well get on it, man! It’s already December 22nd!

Thinking of buying one on Boxing Day or over the Boxing Week, as it’s now become? OK, you’ve got some time. If you’ve got a library card, you can access Consumer Reports magazine from home, through our e-library.

Start at our homepage, select e-library, and then choose Research Databases from EBSCO (lower left hand side). Once you log in with your card number, you’ll be at a search screen. Choose the Publications tab (top of the screen) and then MasterFILE Premiere. Search for the Publication title “Consumer Reports” and then you’re off to the races. Read issue by issue, or search for a term like “e-readers”. If you’re not quite sure how to do this, then just call us or strike up a chat, through our homepage.

The e-library is a wealth of resources! Ask us how you can read Consumer Reports, The Economist, Maclean's and other popular magazines online.

Good luck in choosing an e-reader, and check out our program guide for upcoming demonstrations on e-books and e-readers.

In Good Companies

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I lead Career Tours at the Central Library for a variety of groups. Most of the participants are newcomers and immigrants who are highly educated, multilingual and eager to secure meaningful employment in their new land. I show them how to access the newspaper, job ads, print resources and programs. And I also show them how to find information about companies for which they may wish to work.

Here are some of the tools that I always ensure I mention:

Reference USA. This database will allow you to generate lists of companies, using SIC or NAICS codes, or keywords. Find who you’re looking for, even when you’re not sure who you’re looking for. Download financial and contact information into a spreadsheet that you can keep for your reference.

Business Source Complete. Find articles about companies’ histories, SWOT analyses and stock market reports - current and comprehensive information is not typically provided on companies’ own websites. You’ll be amazed at what a single keyword can generate. This is not your grandmother’s Google!

Canadian Newsstand. This archive allows you to search for news and magazine articles about your company. Has it ever been sued? Has it won awards? Has it been listed in any Top-10 type rankings? What are some of its most recently announced projects (or disasters)?

If you need help accessing information about a particular company, then drop by the information desk, give us a call, or strike up a chat through our homepage. We’re happy to help guide you through the electronic jungle, and hopefully, towards bigger and better employment opportunities. Good luck!

Winter Wonderland

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Here are a handful of great library resources to enjoy over the holiday season:

  • Christmas music. Borrow CDs and make your own holiday playlist.
  • Cookbooks. Yeah, that little bag is supposed to come out before you cook the bird. And if “bird” is certainly not the word in your house, then check out titles about vegetarian and vegan holiday foods.
  • Programs. Holiday-themed storytimes, live music and more!
  • Decorating tips. We’ve got hundreds of magazines and thousands of books, dedicated to helping your home look its very best. From DIY wreaths to knitting your own stocking.
  • Presents. No, unfortunately we’re not giving them away. But, we’re suggesting that you get a library card for a friend or loved one. Give the gift of inspiration, entertainment and education, for only $12! (You weren’t really going to give her another boring pair of slippers, were you?)

Whatever you’re into, find it here at the Calgary Public Library. Happy Holidays!

What's Druh been up to?

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Today's post was written by one of my favourite former co-workers. Here it is:

One of the many promises I constantly make to myself is to be more active in my community and this includes being more aware of what my elected representatives are doing for neighborhood I live and work in. Sadly, like most of my intentions, I have not followed through as much as I'd like. Like many Calgarians I keep finding myself in a voting booth, stubby little pencil in hand, wishing the choice I was about to make was more informed.

This Thursday night, at the Louise Riley Library Program Centre, citizens of Ward 7 have a wonderful opportunity to find out what Alderman (or, if you like, Councilor) Druh Farrell has been doing on their behalf over the past year, with a question period to follow. What a great way to connect with City Hall! We all hear that politicians need to listen to the people, but don't the people themselves have a responsibility to know what's going on?

One Year Later: Civic Update

Thursday, Oct 06 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Louise Riley Program Center (Just North of the Louise Riley Library)

You can register in person at any library branch, on-line at or by calling 403-260-2620

Bob’s Your Uncle

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Okay, I don’t have an uncle Bob. My uncles are Gavin, Colin, Allan and John.

I work in Research Plus, where we get all sorts of questions about genealogy. Customers want our help in tracking down their birth parents, or their great aunt’s obituary, or the name of the guy who lived beside their parents’ house, in 1952.

Do you have a question related to genealogy? Visit the 4th floor of the Central Library, where our well trained staff will help you find old city directories, newspaper clippings, high school yearbooks, family histories and more. Or check out the basement level of the Central library, for newspapers on microfilm. Or, contact Research Plus, and for a fee, we’ll do the work for you!

Check out our program guide for free genealogy programs, and read our Community History and Family Heritage blog, too!

123Showing 7 - 12 of 17 Record(s)