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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
  • Create and facilitate a high-octane team focused on building and delivering a range of library services in close collaboration with each other, other library departments, and units across the university in support of teaching, learning, and research.
  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction, and support for the Head of Outreach, Learning, and Research Services andCoordinator of Outreach.

The broader Outreach team, which includes the science and engineering librarians, is deeply engaged in teaching and research support innovation, including a growing program of pop up services and learning experiences, an information literacy escape room project, and a yearly Comic Con in the library showcasing student work.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction, and support for the Somerville Director of Science & Engineering Libraries.

This portfolio includes the liaison librarians for the science and engineering disciplines, and patron services staff who provide course reserves and circulation services, as well as the facilities of the Carlson Science & Engineering library and the Physics, Optics, and Astronomy Library, housed in the Department of Physics.  This team includes a librarian focused on data services, who is currently developing data outreach plan. This team has responded to needs in sciences and engineering with a broad skills on-ramping program called Tinkerspace.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction and support for the Head of the Art/Music Library.

The Head of the Art/Music library oversees a service point,  a robust gaming and game system collection, and organizes a yearly conference at the University of Rochester called Breaking Boundaries on gaming in teaching and research.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction, and support for the Director of Service Strategies.

The Director of Service Strategies oversees ILL, course reserves for the humanities and social sciences, the primary service point in Rush Rhees library. This role also collaborates with partners at the Science & Engineering Libraries and the Art/Music Library to coordinate a consistent patron services experience across the all service points.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction and support for the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab.

The Digital Scholarship Lab is a high tech unit that supports innovative faculty research, builds cutting edge digital projects like Mediate,  a video annotation and metadata creation tool, the Hunt-Lenox Globe in 3D, a collaboration with the New York Public Library, a budding photogrammetry initiative, and leads a new Digital Pedagogy Workshop for faculty.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction, and support for the Director of Library Assessment.

The Director of Library Assessment is tasked with working across the libraries to assess services and projects, provide accurate data on the use of library spaces, and creating a culture of assessment.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction and support for the Director of Research Initiatives.

Research Initiatives is  a new and growing portfolio including research impact. The first project for this portfolio employed the entire Outreach team to introduce ORCID to faculty and help them create their profiles, and included the development of  a tool that grabs ORCID information and inserts it into the faculty activity tracking system.

  • Supervise and provide guidance, strategic direction, and support to the Senior Data Analyst.

The Senior Data Analyst provides deep data expertise to the Director of Library Assessment, the Director of Research Initiatives, and to other library departments working with catalog data, vendor data, and data visualization.

  • Provide guidance and support to the Director of the iZone, and help its staff to fully integrate into existing library services.

The iZone is  pre-incubator innovation space and team who provide undergraduate students with opportunities to explore ideas through design thinking principles.


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

  • “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.