Summary

  • Versatile library professional with more than ten years of library experience serving the university community, the general public, children, schools, and families. 
  • Experience in programming, reference services, readers’ advisory, collection development and management, supervisory duties, staff training, and leading teams. 
  • Key resource for special initiatives related to provincial and federal library legislation, development of best practices, new projects, and outreach services to children and teens, newcomers and non-library users. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory capabilities.
  • Several academic publications.
  • Efficient, enthusiastic, dedicated, strong commitment to the advancement of the profession.

Work History

Work History

Varia

Previous experience includes a range of summer contract and part-time roles (including programming, reference, circulation and paging duties) at Westmount Public Library, the Maysie Macsporan Library at Miss Edgar and Miss Cramp’s School, and the McGill University Health Sciences Library.

Mar 2010 - Present

Supervising Librarian, Rideau Branch

Ottawa Public Library

Branch supervisor at a mid-sized community branch serving a population of approximately 24, 000, seeing 2000 patrons a week and averaging 300 patrons a month in programming. Rideau Branch serves a high-need clientele in a diverse community that includes many new Canadians, seniors, young urban families, and a significant number of homeless people living in the 12 shelters and halfway houses located in the immediate neighbourhood.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Supervised branch staff, including 4 full-time employees.
Dec 2011 - Apr 2013

Coordinator, Carlingwood Branch

Ottawa Public Library
Mar 2011 - Dec 2011

Coordinator, Diversity and Accessibility Services

Ottawa Public Library

Coordinator for system-wide Diversity and Accessibility Services at the library. Primary responsibility for Homebound Services, the library's two Bookmobiles, and volunteers. Also involved in Services to Older Adults, Accessibility Services, Diversity (includes our Library Settlement Workers) and Adult literacy.

Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

Supervising librarian, St Laurent Branch

Ottawa Public Library

Senior librarian in Children and Teen Services at a large community branch serving a population of approximately 43 000, seeing 3500 patrons a week and averaging 400-700 patrons a month in programming. The branch serves a diverse clientele, including many Francophone patrons, young families and low-income residents.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Trained public service staff to provide information service, readers’ advisory service and programming for children’s and teens. 
  • Supervised 2 paraprofessional staff and teen volunteers. 
  • As senior staff, respond to a range of day-to-day operating issues such as resolving conflict or building and staff emergencies. 
  • Managed the schedule for full-time, part time and casual staff at the branch. 
  • Developed several successful outreach programs and related community partnerships.
  • Managed the children’s and teen services programming budget.
Jun 2006 - Apr 2009

Librarian, Rideau Branch

Ottawa Public Library

Senior librarian responsibilities at a mid-sized community branch serving a population of approximately 24, 000, seeing 2000 patrons a week and averaging 300 patrons a month in programming.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Developed system-wide procedure and template for readers’ advisory tools in the stacks: index-card sized shelf talkers with book recommendations written by public service staff. 
  • Coordinated French readers’ advisory tools for the system. 
  • Represented the library at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies Job Fair (2007-2009).  
  • Purchased French Juvenile material for the system. 
  • Trained public service staff on information service and readers’ advisory service. 
  • Supervised two-three volunteer staff and coordinated volunteer reports and related statistical information. 
  • Developed and wrote the initial drafts of various articles for the Chair of the Library Board and the City Librarian which were published largely unchanged. 
  • As senior staff, respond to a range of day-to-day operating issues.  
  • Developed several successful outreach programs and related community partnerships. 
  • Managed the children’s and teen services programming budget.
  • Gave feedback as requested on branch staff performance.
Jan 2005 - Jun 2006

Reference Librarian

Westmount Public Library
  • Planned and implemented a library readers’ advisory corner
  • Planned a local authors event for the “Montreal, capitale mondiale du livre” celebrations that featured Roch Carrier as the invited guest, and included an extensive historical overview of other authors from the city of Westmount.
  • Helped develop and animate a new “Readers to Readers” book club
  • Updated, maintained and re-developed the library website
  • Supervised four-five part-time librarians: delegated tasks, monitored progress and gave feedback on performance.
Jan 2004 - Jan 2005

Reference Librarian

Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library
  • Created the library’s first readers’ advisory tools
  • Planned and implemented the first weeding of the reference collection, including a re-design of the space.
  • Supervised two part-time reference librarians ·
  • As senior staff, responded to a range of day-to-day operating issues such as resolving conflict, or building and staff emergencies.

Education

Education
1999 - 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Honours English, Minor in World Religions

McGill University