In July 2012 I was appointed to the position of Head, Bronfman Business Library at York University Libraries for a five year term. This library, based in the Schulich School of Business, serves all business programs on campus. Previously I was the Business Librarian and Information Literacy Librarian (2010-12), and before that, and since 2003, I had the title of Business Librarian.
Before working at York University I was Business/Economics & Special Projects Librarian (1999-2003) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Business Librarian Experience
My work as Head of the Bronfman Business Library at York University includes management and administrative responsibilities, reference and research (in-person, chat, phone and e-mail), information literacy instruction at undergraduate and graduate level, 601 project consultations for MBA students, collections development, and liaison with my assigned areas. In terms of individual subject areas, my liaison areas have changed over the years. Currently I have responsibility for health industry management, management and strategic management, consulting, marketing and organizational behaviour. In terms of previous experience, I was responsible for the areas of business and economics for over three years at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Information Literacy Experience
I have a long-standing interest in the area of information literacy which began when I worked at Laurier University where information literacy was among the special projects I undertook. This included a role as chair of the Information Literacy Task Force. The task force prepared a plan mapping a way forward for information literacy programming at Laurier. A large piece of this involved planning, developing and implementing a course-integrated web-based information literacy tutorial targeted primarily for first year students. Over 2,000 students participated in this tutorial during the two year period 2001-2003.
At York I have almost four years experience (2007- 2008, 2010-2012) in chairing our committee responsible for developing and promoting an information literacy program for York University Libraries. This committee develops and carries out an annual set of objectives within the context of a more general five-year set of goals, adjusted as necessary. During 2010 I led the committee in the creation of a new five-year plan for information literacy at York University Libraries. This included the organization of a one-day retreat with instructional librarians. The plan is available on our web site: Information Literacy Plan 2010-2015 Engaging Student Learning Through Partnerships. More recently the committee’s name changed to become the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am currently a member of this committee.
One of my key research interests is faculty’s information literacy attitudes, perceptions and experiences of information literacy both as this relates to undergraduate and graduate students. I have conducted two studies at York University in this area (one using a survey instrument and the other semi-structured interviews). This has involved faculty across different disciplines. My progress to date is documented in the presentations and publications section of this website.
Other research interests of mine include the area of information literacy assessment, faculty development in the area of information literacy, and mainstreaming academic literacies in curricula in higher education.