I’m a librarian by accident, though I’ve always loved libraries (I discovered library school when looking at law schools). Raised in small town Ontario – Bancroft, Ontario (the Mineral Capital of Canada) to be exact, I attended Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where I completed a double major in Political Studies and History. After graduating, I spent some time working for a big 5 bank.
I completed a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010. During my time there, I completed a Reference and Technical Services internship at Dalhousie’s Killam Library and a thesis on the “Pleasure Reading Habits of Undergraduate Students.” I also have certificates in Intercultural Relations and as a Teacher/Trainer for Online Learning.
I began my professional career in 2010, at the Conestoga College Library Resource Centre, where I worked in Circulation and Reserves, becoming the Engineering, IT, Trades & Apprenticeship Liaison in 2011.
In 2013, I became the Blended Learning Librarian for the University of Guelph Library. I create and wrangle digital content (videos, LibGuides and more) to support the Digital Learning Commons, Information Literacy, and larger library initiatives. I also provide information literacy instruction for the College of Business and Economics. As of September 2017, I’ve been seconded as the Digital Media Librarian.
My research and practice interests include digital literacy, educational technology, pleasure reading and visual note-taking.