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Master of Library and Information Science

Western University

Master of Theological Studies

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Carleton University

English and History

Professional Experience

Apr 2016Present

Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement

River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
  • Supervise the department heads and directors of the units within the Academic Engagement portfolio
  • Manage Academic Engagement budget
  • Collaborate in organizational decision-making as part of the Strategic Leadership Team
  • Lead student space redesign projects, focusing on student, faculty, and library staff engagement
  • Partner with SLT colleagues on key strategic projects (website redesign, staff space reimagining, the development of a matrix-style organization, major system changes)

Direct Reports:

  • Head of Outreach, Learning and Research Services
  • Somerville Director of the Science & Engineering Libraries 
  • Head, Art/Music Library
  • Director of Service Strategies
  • Director, Digital Scholarship Lab
  • Director of Library Assessment


  • Director of Research Initiatives
  • Director, iZone

Coordinator of the Digital Academy

River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
  • Coordinated the three day Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians (July, 2015)
  • Designed and delivered The Digital Academy, a three day intensive active learning program for library staff focused on media creation using online tools (July-August, 2015)
  • Created and introduced a regular “quick hit” technology learning program through the Learning and Development Committee
  • Worked with faculty, students, and library staff to co-develop a gaming lending collection out of the Art/Music Library
  • Coordinated the Lam Square renovation project, and related adjacent projects, ensuring that all library staff, and interested faculty and students, were able to engage in and help shape the project
  • Facilitated “Deep Dives” with Patron Services and Outreach, Learning and Research in order to provide vision- and future-driven feedback to the Rush Rhees staff space plan

Emerging Technologies Librarian

University of Toronto Mississauga Library
  • Led in the design, implementation, and provision of innovative and sustainable instructional technology front line services
  • Designed and delivered innovative and sustainable faculty support services
  • Supervised the design and provision of instructional technology training to library staff
  • Provided one-on-one consultation and support to faculty using instructional technology
  • Consulted on division, campus, and university-wide technology decisions and issues
  • Planned, coordinated, and/or led roll-outs of library, instructional technology, or campus technology projects
  • Designed, coordinated, and led new technology discovery programs for library staff, with an eye towards building confidence and capacity with new trends
  • Discovered relevant emerging technology, collaborative, and social media, and technology/physical space integration trends, and share them to the library and the campus

Instructional Technology Liaison Librarian

University of Toronto Mississauga Library
  • Promoted, encouraged and supported the use of instructional technologies
  • Investigated best practices, explored how emerging technologies impact the classroom and the student experience, and communicated those ideas to faculty and staff
  • Assisted faculty and students with instructional technologies by providing in class instruction, one-on-one support, and workshops
  • Collaborated with a variety of other campus units on the development of instructional software and programming

Selected Committees


Planning Committee

Annual Institute on Library as Place

Educational IT Governance Committee

University of Rochester

Judging Panel

New Landmark Libraries, Library Journal

Advocacy Committee

Ontario Library Association

Selected Presentations and Invited Lectures

  • “A Dialogue on Highly Specialized, High Tech Library Spaces: Lessons Learned,” with Mish Boutet, University of Ottawa, Conference Presentation, Annual Institute on Library as Place, July 12, 2019.
  • “Kindling the Spark of Motivation,” Keynote, Upstate New York Special Libraries Association conference, University of Rochester, 13 April, 2018.
  • “Gender is Never Neutral: All Gender Restrooms,” Lightning Talk, Annual Institute on Library as Place, 10 July, 2017.
  • “Digital Making,” New York State Library Assistants Conference, Syracuse, 9 June, 2017.
  • “Engaging Faculty with Courseware,” Education Institute, Ontario Library Association, 13 May, 2014.
  • “Retro Tech: Using Abandoned Technology,” Internet Librarian International, London, UK. 15 October, 2013.
  • “How We Stopped Giving Instructors What We Know They need And How That Changed Everything,” Internet Librarian International, London, UK. 31 October, 2012.

Selected Publications

“The Language of Space,” Open Shelf, Ontario Library Association e-magazine. October 14th, 2014.

“We and the Screen: Innovations in the Design of High-Tech, Collaborative Spaces.” Research leave project report and documentation.

“How to Flip your Classroom.” University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires. (September, 2013).

“Five (plus one!) web resources to inspire your teaching,” University Affairs Magazine. (January, 2013).

“Libraries and Social Media.” Access (Ontario Library Association). Winter 2010: 10-12.

Mazar, Rochelle and Nolan, Jason. “Hacking Say and Revising Eliza: Lessons from Virtual Environments.” Innovate: Journal of Online Education. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 5, 2(2008/2009).

Mazar, Rochelle. “Teaching and Learning in Second Life,” Foreword. University of Toronto Mississauga: Fall, 2007.

Mazar, Rochelle. “Chapter 45: Slash Fiction/Fanfiction,” The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Springer, 2005: p. 1111-1120.

Bibliotech. Podcast. University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires. 2010-2014.

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