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Professional Position, Experience and Research Interests

Photo on 2014-02-28 at 11.23 PMI am currently in the role of Head of the Bronfman Business Library and Learning Commons Chair at York University Libraries . The Bronfman Business Library is based in the Schulich School of Business and serves all business programs on campus. The Learning Commons unites learning services at York University to better support students’ success and is a partnership of the Libraries, Learning Skills Services, the Writing Department, the ESL Open Learning Centre, the Career Centre, the Teaching Commons and the YUExperience Hub.

Previously held roles include that of Business Librarian and Information Literacy Librarian (2010-12) at York  University, and before that (2003-2009), 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.

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 PartnershipsMore recently the committee’s name changed to become the Teaching Learning and Research Committee and I am an active member.

Research Interests

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.

Other research interests of mine include information literacy assessment, faculty development in the area of information literacy, and mainstreaming academic literacies in curricula in higher education.

Please see the publications and presentations sections of this website for more information.


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