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Rachel Hewings

Head of Learning Information Services Writtle College Library +44 (0) 1245 424200 x26009

"Rachel has performed exceptionally well, bringing new insights into service provision and fulfilling all requirements of the role with minimal supervision. Rachel works well with other members of library staff. She has built up good working relationships with academic staff and has a pleasing manner with students. She has been proactive in offering services and has excelled in user education sessions."

Irene Puchalski

Head Librarian Shore + Moffat Library, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design University of Toronto 416.978.6787

  “In every aspect of her responsibilities Rachel was conscientious, thorough and professional...Rachel was invaluable in assisting with reference queries…Her excellent inter-personal and communication skills made her a natural for these public service responsibilities. Rachel Isaac-Menard will be an asset to any institution which hires her.”

Dr. Catherine Yarrow

Registrar & Executive Director The College of Psychologists of Ontario 416.961.8817 x224

  “We were very pleased with the effective and competent work provided by Ms. Isaac-Menard…Her work was thorough and efficient with appropriately developed work products and a final report which succinctly and clearly addressed the questions and needs of the College. She was quick to grasp the College’s needs and dealt effectively and professionally with potential vendors during the project. She clearly has mastery of the technical material relating to the project.”

Diane Granfield

Head of Library Learning Services Ryerson University Library & Archives 416.979.5000 x6909

"Rachel has superior communication skills, is confident and articulate and interacted with staff and students with openness, friendliness and solid professionalism. Ryerson University has a diverse student body and she was able to put even the most challenging library patron at ease."



I am co-founder of the academic journal Architecture_media_politics_society which is double-blind peer-reviewed and open-access It is a forum for the analysis of architecture in the mediated environment of contemporary culture. I am founder of the resource repository, which aims to facilitate and promote collaborative research between academics and information professionals by providing a unique combined information resource and research outlet. In this capacity I manage a team of over fifteen professional librarians and interns. Read about us wikipedia or follow us on  twitter

Workshop for academic staff on current awareness

This is one in a series of workshops a colleague and I put on at Writtle College for academic staff. By using Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software, we hoped to deliver a visually captivating presentation.

Essay on Museo Virtual de Artes El Pais, a virtual museum

Essay written for a Master's seminar on Digital Humanities. It offers a review of MUVA, Museo Virtual de Artes El Pais, a museum that exists solely in the virtual realm.

Writtle College Library Survey

I designed, implemented and analyzed this survey. Intended for students and staff at Writtle College, the responses guided our decisions regarding improvements to the Library to better serve our patrons. Due to limited funding for this project, I chose to use the free account on Survey Monkey, the online survey software tool. One particular challenge was limiting the survey to a maximum of ten questions, required with this type of account.

Selected Publications

Isaac-Menard, Rachel with Graham James. Architecture in the mediated environment of contemporary culture; a new forum for research and communication. Isaac-Menard, Rachel. Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture (ACSA). December 2012


Isaac-Menard, Rachel. Review of Web 2.0 and libraries: Impacts, technologies and trends, eds. Dave Parkes and Geoff Walton. eLucidate 8.4 (2011).


Isaac-Menard, Rachel, and Christina Harbour. "Digital issues in a small, specialised academic institution." eLucidate 8.4 (2011).


 Isaac-Menard, Rachel, and Christina Harbour. (2012). "Using current technologies to build relationships with academic staff: a series of workshops." Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). 11-13 April, Glasgow, Scotland.     


academic librarianship; web 2.0, collection development, evaluation and management; information literacy; reference and research; scholarly communications; emerging technologies; visual literacy; art librarianship; library branding and marketing; information management; usability; information seeking; library 2.0


Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC)

  • Glasgow, April 2012


  • Boston,  April 2010

OLA Superconference

  • Toronto, February 2010

Historians of Netherlandish Art

  • Baltimore/Washington, November 2006


Professional Memberships

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American Library Association

Chartered Member (MCLIP) of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

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