Library professional with subject area expertise in Education, Information Literacy, and Public Administration. Significant and progressive experience in collection development, client service delivery, ILS administration, instructional design and facilitation, budget creation and maintenance, integrated budget planning, staff scheduling ,supervision and human resources management, public relations and advocacy, project management.
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
Professional Masters in Public Administration
Public finance, policy design, program evaluation, human resources & project managment. Designed to advance current managers to the next level of leadership in respective fields of non-profit service provision,
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Masters of Information Studies
Part time studies while working full time in Academic Library management position allowed for contextual transference of knowledge and skills to workplace. Foundational values and principles of access to information, collection development, and service to clients Personal areas of study included Library Advocacy, Management of Information Organizations, Design and Evaluation of Information Literacy Programs.
Sep 1993 - May 1995
Bachelor of Education
Sep 1989 - May 1993
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Oct 2011 - Present
Education Library - Teacher Resource Centre Librarian
Collect and maintain educational resources servicing K-12 classroom teachers across curriculum areas in both French and English environments.
Liaise with stakeholders to determine and deliver acquisition and service priorities. Provide professional development workshops for teachers and school library staff. .
Supervise full and part time staff.
Participate in cross departmental committee work designed to advance the strategic plan of Queen's University Library
Supplementary Professional Role:
Queen's Continuing Teacher Education - Course writer and Instructor- Librarianship
Apr 2011 - Oct 2011
Temporary - Public Service Manager
A targeted professional development opportunity, this role included developing community library programming as well as providing professional guidance for staff delivering the programs. Responsible for Library Staff scheduling, payroll, training and supervision. Collection development and library resource acquisitions. Managed the adjacent Kent Farndale Art Gallery in co-operation with Arts Committee of the Library Board. Press releases, newsletter publication and other communication initiatives. Act as Library representative in absence of CEO.
Jan 2007 - Apr 2011
Library Finance & Admin. Manager
A senior role within the Library and working directly with the University Librarian,responsible for Library budget creation and maintenance, human resources administration, employee customer service training, AODA , Health and Safety, and Human Rights legislation compliance, interdepartmental liaison, event planning, and ongoing identification of service initiatives compatible with a contemporary academic environment.
Sep 2005 - Sep 2006
Information Services Assistant
As well as general reference desk and circulation support, this position supported YA Librarian with information service program planning and delivery for YA library user community. Provided school outreach for grades 7 and 8 in Ajax/Pickering area schools in co-operation with Teacher Librarians as well as onsite outreach for community groups from young children through to seniors.
Apr 2003 - Aug 2005
Reference & ILL Technician
Responsible for reference and information service provision to multi-faceted community of users including college and university level students and faculty.
Also fulfilled interlibrary loan needs of university faculty using VDX software, RACER
Sep 2001 - Apr 2003
Provided front line public library services to patrons in both circulation and reference desk capacity. Set up readers advisory displays, supported public programming initiated through Reference Librarian.
Sep 1995 - Jun 2001
Secondary Classroom Teacher
Classroom teacher of English, History, and Geography at the senior secondary level.
Active in development of Grade 12 English Provincial exam standards and member of marking & evaluation committee. Worked collaboratively with School Library Technician to develop emerging guidelines surrounding internet research and citation style. This development was a significant factor in my decision to move towards a career in professional Librarianship.
Queen's Centre for Teaching and Learning - Diversity and Inclusion in the University Environment - 3 part certificate - 2012
Strategic Planning - Learning Tree International - Toronto, October 2011 http://www.learningtree.com/courses/252.htm
Project Management for Academic Libraries - Project Management Institute- Schulich School of Business Executive Learning Centre - November , 2010. http://seec.schulich.yorku.ca/enrollment/programs/alpha_listing/file_2_listing.php?course_id=128
Dealing with Difficult People - Skillpath Seminar - October 2010
Financial management for Information Organizations - U of T iSchool Institute, November 2009. http://www.institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=200
Professional Memberships held
Ontario Library Association, Ontario Teacher Education Library Association, Ontario College of Teachers, Association of Library Consultants of Ontario
- OLA Superconference Planning Committee 2014, Co-Chair 2015, 2016
- OSLA Writing Committee Contributing Member - National Standards for School Libraries 2013.
- Forest of Reading - White Pine Steering Committee - 2014
- Peterborough Public Library Board - 2010-2014 Term