Work History

Work History
Mar 2010 - Present

Co-Founder

Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth

Co-founded with Stephanie Vollick, Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth (CLASY) is dedicated to establishing a national network of Canadian library staff serving teens and young adults. CLASY recognizes that Canada has many passionate and talented librarians who are doing great work. Our goal is to make the most of this expertise by providing an easy way to share ideas, success, and experience with a Canadian context.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Organized a one-day professional development event and think tank on teen librarianship and advocacy featuring an introductory address by Dr. Paulette Rothbauer and a keynote address by Stephen Abram.
  • Compiled a directory of Canadian awards for Young Adult literature for the CLASY blog.
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010

Reference Assistant

Huron University College Library

Provided high-quality reference service and instruction to students and faculty; Designed library guides and pathfinders to complement course assignments and address frequently asked questions; Created flyers and brochures to promote collections, services, and instructional sessions; Participated in collection development (selection and weeding); Performed basic circulation functions and supervised evening clerks as required.

Selected Accomplishments:

Sep 2009 - Jun 2010

Chair

Librarians Without Borders, UWO Chapter

Directed fundraising and advocacy activities in support of local and international literacy and development projects.

Selected accomplishments:

  • Organized a lecture series featuring guest speakers from C.O.D.E, IBBY Canada, C.N.I.B., and professionals with international library experience.
  • Coordinated a group trip to Costa Rica in April 2010 to build a school library in a rural village.
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010

Steering Committee

OLA Forest of Reading, White Pine Award

Encouraged nominated authors and publishers to participate in the Forest of Reading program and ensured that information was circulated and acknowledged; Participated in the planning and carrying out of the awards celebration.

Jan 2009 - Jun 2010

Reading Mentor

R.E.A.D. Program, London Public Library

Helped reluctant readers improve their reading, comprehension and writing abilities; Introduced children to a variety of reading materials and designed activities to build skills in problem areas; Shared tips and ideas with other R.E.A.D. volunteers.

May 2009 - Sep 2009

Digital Literacy Assistant

Calgary Public Library

Conducted a community scan of services available to at-risk user groups and identified opportunities for partnerships with local agencies; Delivered instruction to patrons on the Creation Stations (high-end computers with graphic and video software); Participated in library outreach at homeless shelters, the food bank, correctional facilities, and city festivals.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Designed and implemented a three-part introductory program on web 2.0 and social networking applications for patrons and staff.
Mar 2006 - Aug 2008

Sales, Marketing and Publicity Manager

Maple Tree Press

Coordinated sales, marketing and publicity activities including catalogues, advertising, point-of-sale material, author appearances, review mailing, and special events; Prepared title metadata and supplied title information to sales representatives, distributors and retailers; Managed budgets, prepared grant applications and supervised interns; Represented company at events such as the OLA Super Conference, Word on the Street, and Book Expo Canada.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Managed a major website redesign and the successful launch of the Canadian Flyer Adventures series.

Education

Education
Sep 2008 - May 2010

Master of Library and Information Science

University of Western Ontario
  • Completed an ALA-accredited MLIS at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies with an emphasis on public libraries and services for children and youth.
  • Maintained an overall A average while engaged in several extra-curricular activities and part-time library work.
  • Nominated for the "Spirit of Librarianship Award" in Spring 2010.
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

York University

Graduated Magna cum Laude.