Tom is Information Literacy Coordinator for Western Libraries at the University of Western Ontario, and has served on the CORIL Editorial Board since 2005. He works out of the Teaching Support Centre, located in The D. B. Weldon Library at Western. The Centre brings together teaching specialists, instructional technology professionals and information literacy expertise in a one-stop shop for faculty, librarians and graduate students interested in improving teaching and learning in higher education. Tom has been with Western Libraries for more than 20 years, including over 10 years as Reference and Instruction Librarian, responsible for the development of first year programs for the faculties of Arts and Social Science. He has facilitated information literacy instruction for tutorials of 7 in a hands-on lab environment and taught for classes of more than 700 in Western's Alumni Hall. Tom has presented at several conferences including OLA and WILU and STLHE (the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education). He is interested in deepening collaborative partnerships with faculty at Western and working with colleagues from across the country to create a vibrant information literacy community.
Dr. Jean Adams is a professor at Schulich School of Business (York University Toronto, Canada) and has over 20 years of experience in education - school teacher, coach and trainer in the corporate sector, professor in leadership / management education and competence development. She has been involved in a bottom-up build of the NewMindsets &second generation& e-learning system that is being used in university and corporate contexts. Jean was recently awarded the Governor-General's Gold Medal (2005) for "the highest distinction in scholarship" at York University. The NewMindsets e-learning system itself has also won numerous awards for design and implementation and is ASTD certified (ECC 1.1). Jean has presented her work at numerous conferences and published a variety of articles.
Fred Antwi-Nsiah is Research and Instructional Services Librarian for Clinical Medicine at The University of Western Ontario. He provides information literacy instruction for students, residents and faculty in Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as well as for graduate students in other departments. His research interests include exploring effective ways of incorporating information literacy instruction into the medical curriculum.
Professor Anyinam joined the School of Nursing at York University as a Sessional Lecturer in the summer of 2004. He is currently the undergraduate program director, POST-RN and coordinator of the School's 2nd-degree Entry program. His background is in mental health/psychiatric nursing, with practice experience in-patient and out-patient care as well as health education. He has taught courses across all undergraduate program curricula in the areas of community health, complex communication, and nursing research and inquiry. Anyinam's research interests include arts in health, social inclusion and mental health, nursing education, and curriculum innovation.
Esther Atkinson is currently a Liaison Library at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library. After graduating with her MISt, she has worked as a reference librarian for the University of Toronto and as Assistant Executive Director of the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto. While pursuing further educational goals, she worked as a part-time reference librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto Libraries, and was Teaching Assistant for Foundations of Information Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Robin Bergart is the liaison librarian for Food, Agriculture & Resource Economics and Hospitality & Tourism Management at the University of Guelph where she obsessively ponders the meaning and value of teaching information literacy skills to students. Robin feels lucky to work with colleagues who tolerate, indeed, positively encourage this obsession and who engage with her in intense and far-flung discussions about teaching and learning.
Stewart Brower received his MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 1993. He served as Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences library from 1993 to 1998, then went on to become Technology Development and Promotions Librarian at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1998 to 2000. Currently, Stew serves as Coordinator of Information Management Education at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, and as library liaison to the UB School of Pharmacy.
Mark Bryant is a native New Brunswicker who graduated from St. Thomas University (BA) and University of New Brunswick (MA). He joined the Humber team in August 2004 as the Reference and Information Literacy Librarian after graduating from University of Western Ontario (MLIS). He has worked in libraries at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Guelph. Some issues surrounding libraries that he is interested in includes education and access. He believes that making learning as easy as possible for users, especially with the huge reliance on Google in the academic environment, is an important goal. He is also interested in the use of new technologies and how they can be implemented by libraries to communicate with users and provide easier access to resources. Mark is a Councillor at Large on the OCULA Council.
James Buczynski is reaching mid-career as a reference, instruction and collection development librarian. Beginning his career at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables Florida, he was appointed as Science and Engineering librarian and provided: reference, teaching and collection development services. Presently, he manages electronic resources acquisitions for Seneca College Libraries, serves as the Seneca@York campus librarian, and is Seneca Libraries' advisor on copyright. Known as an agitator, in his writings and conference presentations, James takes adventures on the paths few have noticed or anybody is willing to tread. He has a column at Internet Reference Services Quarterly and reviews books for E-Streams, Choice and Library Journal. http://people.senecac.on.ca/james.buczynski/for-colleagues.html
Joel Burkholder is Assistant Professor and Instruction Librarian at York College of Pennsylvania. He is also the coordinator of the college's credit-based information literacy program. He holds and MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS (Broadcast Communications) from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of "Building an Informed Citizenry: Information Literacy, First Year Writing, and the Civic Goals of Education" published in Information Literacy Collaborations that Work. Other research interests include the information seeking habits of students and their perceptions of information literacy. When not in the classroom, Joel promotes the library and its collections as the host of "From the Shelves", a weekly show on the college's radio station. At home, he and his wife are still trying to adapt to the sleeping habits of their newborn son.
Sue Coffey, RN, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at York University. Her clinical background is in emergency nursing, practicing both in Canada and in the United States. Her research interests include integration of technology into clinical practice and clinical decision-making. Dr. Coffey is the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses.
Dr. Corcos is a psychology professor at Glendon, the bilingual liberal arts college of York University. In addition to teaching courses in learning, memory, and cognition, her research interests focus on the language, cognitive, and social functioning of at-risk school-aged children and adolescents. Over the years, she has been very active in examining how various information technologies impact the academic performance of learners in a higher education context. She has worked with York's Centre for the Support of Teaching and the Senate Committee on Libraries and Information Technology to establish the site on Web accessibility (http://www.yorku.ca/webaccess/). To promote understanding of research paradigms and concept using an experiential learning approach, she translated Prof. John Chay's PsychLab on-line, to produce a French mirror site (Labpsy sur Internet) and in conjunction with the University of Mississippi's PsychExps, she developed a series of classical psychology experiments, in both French and English, to produce the site Expériences en psychologie. She has adopted a variety of technology in her face-to-face courses that are supported by an extensive course web site. Recently, she received a lot of press coverage for her pilot project involving the use of the Personal Response System in her courses (http://www.yorku.ca/ylife/2005/11-14/clickers-111405.htm)
Ganga Dakshinamurti, Ph.D., currently holds the rank of Full Librarian in Albert Cohen Management Library in the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and is in charge of instructional services in the library. Ganga received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Madras (India); Master of Library Science from the City University of New York (USA); and Ph. D. from the University of Manitoba (Canada). She is active in provincial, national and international library associations and is the Past President of Asian Pacific American Library Association (APALA). Ganga is fully involed in establishing information literacy in Management Library.
M.J. D'Elia is the Liaison Librarian for Economics, Engineering and Marketing at the University of Guelph. He studied Visual Arts and English at the University of Western Ontario before entering the Library and Information Studies Program at Dalhousie University. Over the past two and a half years MJ has been involved with a number of key initiatives at the library including promoting library services, identifying emerging technologies, creating multimedia learning objects and integrating library resources into course management software. He is currently teaching the Information Management course in the Marketing and Consumer Studies department and enjoys the challenge of trying to keep 2nd year students interested, engaged and awake during class.
Rea Devakos coordinates scholarly communication initiatives for the U of T Library. She is also the Ontario region project manager for Synergies - a national initiative to build sustainable and accessible Canadian scholarly communication infrastructures. Rea began her career at the U of T as Instruction Coordinator for the library system. She has also held a variety of management, instructional and reference positions in community college, public and special libraries. She convened WILU in 1993.
Born in Vancouver, Karina attended several schools in both British Columbia and Ontario, but spent most of her childhood in Northern Ontario. She graduated Kapuskasing District High School in 1999 and entered Queen's University, where she obtained a BAH in Psychology and English in 2003. Her undergraduate years exposed her to an academic/social culture that was a stark contrast to life in rural northern Ontario, and the divisions between the respective value systems made assimilation to campus setting difficult. She was also the first in her family to attend postsecondary school. When she entered her MLIS programme at the University of Western Ontario, she began contemplating what kind of an influence parental education has on a student's university experience. After learning the term &first generation students&, she read several studies that reported such students faced many challenges related to academics and assimilation, and had a high risk for attrition. However, of the factors lead to a better chance for success success, a consistent finding was students' use of the academic library. This inspired her to conduct an exploratory study interviewing academic librarians about services that could help first generation students. Karina had her MLIS conferred in February 2007.
Ronald G. Edwards
Ronald G. Edwards is currently University Librarian at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He has served in various administrative capacities in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Minnesota. Edwards has published a variety of articles and essays in journals such as Library Trends, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, and Library Review, to name a few. His topics have included web tutorials, minority recruitment in academic libraries, performance appraisal, library instruction, and issues dealing with children's literature. His article on John Newbery was featured in The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 1999 Edition. In addition, he has presented extensively on information literacy, diversity issues in academe, and technology in academic libraries. As an instructor, Ronald G. Edwards has taught numerous courses such as Professional Communication, Learning the Library, Cultural Communication, Research Seminars, and various ESL offerings. In 2003, he received the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education/ACTE Specialty Services Award for Professional Excellence for his contributions to librarianship and higher education.
Francine Egger-Sider (M.L.S., Columbia University; M.A.L.S., International Studies, Graduate Center/CUNY) has been the coordinator of Technical Services at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, since 1989. She has taught both credit courses offered by the Library and has been involved in the assessment of instruction at the institutional level, using rubrics. Currently, she chairs the Steering Committee for Periodic Program Review of the Library, which is part of LaGuardia's College-wide assessment effort.  With Jane Devine, she is co-author of two publications on the Invisible Web: "Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in the Academic Library" Journal of Academic Librarianship (2004), and "Google, the Invisible Web, and Librarians: Slaying the Research Goliath" published in the journal Internet Reference Services Quarterly (2005).
Robert Fabbro is currently the reference and access services librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design and formerly a reference librarian and archivist at Pratt Institute in New York City. With a background in art history and applied linguistics Robert Fabbro began his library career as a children's librarian in Brooklyn. He is a member of the ARLIS Ontario executive and an active member of ACRL.
Cecile Farnum has been a Librarian at Ryerson since January 2004, and currently works in the areas of Reference and Instruction. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies, and also holds an MA in History from York University. Prior to Ryerson, Cecile worked in Reference at the Scott Library at York University, and at the Gerstein Science Information Centre at the University of Toronto.
Sarah Fedko has been employed as a Reference Librarian at Carleton University Library since completing her MLIS at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, in 2006. During her time at Western, she spent 8 months as a co-op student at the Queen Elizabeth II Library of Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. Since her arrival at Carleton, Sarah has worked with Linguistics, ESL, Foreign Languages, and Music to co-ordinate instruction, reference, and collection activities.
Vivian Feng is Research and Instructional Services Librarian at The University of Western Ontario. She provides information literacy instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in the Departments of Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering. She enjoys working with engineers and is constantly exploring ways to assess their learning.
Anne Fullerton is the Biology and Chemical Engineering Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library. She loves to experiment with interactive instruction sessions - always looking for new ways to connect with students or to convince faculty they need her IL contributions for their class. Anne has published and given papers and many workshops on information literacy topics. She also chairs the Engineering, Math and Science Library Renovation group which created an IL friendly reference desk and is working on a flexible IL instruction space.
Nancy Goebel is Head Librarian at the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta in Camrose, Alberta. Nancy has a BA in Music from Camrose Lutheran College and a MLIS from the University of Alberta. Nancy organizes the annual "Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop" at Augustana which has brought Tom Kirk, Ruth Dickstein, Elizabeth Hutchins, Judy Peacock, Beth Dupuis and Deb Gilchrist as full-day theme presenters. Nancy teaches the credit bearing course, "Physical Education 294: Physical Education and Information Literacy" and has worked at Augustana to develop 21 discipline-specific for-credit Information Literacy courses. Nancy coordinated and designed Augustana's "Information Literacy People Logo" - an Information Literacy logo formed by students lying in the snow spelling "Information Literacy". The "people logo" is now used in promotional materials such as bookmarks and was plotted to a 4'x8' poster that hangs in the library entrance. She directed It Changed the Way I Do Research - Period: Augustana Talks Information Literacy - a video documenting and promoting Augustana's Information Literacy Program and the general role of Information Literacy in undergraduate education. .
Genevieve Gore is Web Services Librarian at McGill University Library in Montreal, Quebec. She received both her BA in Psychology (1996) and her Master of Library and Information Studies (2004) from McGill University and has been working as a librarian at McGill since August 2004. Her main position responsibility is the Library website, an ongoing, uphill and often frustrating effort which unceasingly reveals new issues to tackle. She is particularly interested in the innovative ways that libraries are making themselves seen and delivering services in a web 2.0 environment and is also eager to discover effective library efforts to support information literacy on the web.
Shelley Gullikson is the Information Literacy Coordinator at Mount Allison University Libraries. Previously she has worked at Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Alberta. She enjoys trying to come up with fun ways to promote information literacy, such as &The Bullshit Series&, an Information Literacy Super-Genius Contest, and IL podcasts with wacky sound effects.
Karen holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1994. She has worked in various settings as a librarian including three years with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and with the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Government in the Department of Social Services, the Salvation Army College for Officer Training where she managed their theological library. It was in this role, where she began her interest in information literacy and the impact it can have on student academic success and life-long learning. Karen later moved to Ontario in 2000 and began working in a joint position for two years as a Health Sciences Librarian with the Health Information Centre in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie and Georgian College. This led to her current full-time Health Science Librarian position at Georgian College where she has been since 2003. Karen has presented her work on information literacy at the Ontario Literacy Association Conference in February, 2005 and the R.N.A.O. Embracing the Future of Nursing: Educating Tomorrow's Nurses in October, 2006 and continues to be committed to furthering Information Literacy in Health Sciences disciplines.
Bob Hautala is an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Western Oregon University, with extensive experience teaching at the K-12 and university levels. He is an expert on motor learning and pedagogy, with over twenty refereed journal and service publications in these areas. He counts among his honors the 1992 "Excellence in Teaching" award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, but most proudly boasts of his 2005 Oregon State Fair Blue Ribbon in Fly Tying!
K. Alix Hayden
K. Alix Hayden, PhD has over 13 years experience as a liaison librarian in academic libraries and is currently the Liaison Librarian for Nursing and Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her MLIS and MSc from the University of Alberta, and completed her PhD in 2003 from the University of Calgary. Her doctoral work, supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, investigated undergraduate students' lived experience of information seeking. Her current research interests focus on merging the theoretical aspects of information seeking into the every day practice of academic librarianship.
Cameron Hoffman is the Education, History and Religious Studies librarian at the University of Lethbridge Library. His information literacy work involves 'teaching teachers how to teach' research skills and online resource evaluation. His research revolves around teaching strategies, learning theory and the exploration of information users in various cybercultures.
Kristin Hoffmann is Research and Instructional Services Librarian at The University of Western Ontario. She is the subject librarian for the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. She is interested in the information-seeking behaviour of students and researchers in the physical and mathematical sciences, and in ways of making library instruction relevant for them.
Janet Hollingsworth is the Academic Liaison and Information Literacy Librarian at the University of Guelph-Humber. Janet is a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Previously, she worked as an Information Specialist for the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, whose predecessor was the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront. As Information Literacy Librarian, she is interested in integrating learning modules into classroom courseware.
Christopher Hollister is an Information Literacy Librarian for the University at Buffalo's Arts & Sciences Libraries. Among his professional responsibilities, Chris coordinates library instruction services, and he teaches an undergraduate level, credit-bearing library course. He has research interests in teaching methods, library outreach, and librarian-faculty collaboration, and his publications to date reflect those interests. Chris is also an avid backpacker, birder, and conservationist.
Sheril Hook is the Coordinator of Instruction Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Chair of the Instruction in Library Use Committee for University of Toronto Libraries. She served on the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Best Practices Initiative and is the Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section Information Literacy Best Practices Committee. In 2007, she and James K. Elmborg were the recipients of the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award for their book, Centers for Learning: Writing Centers and Libraries in Collaboration, Publications in Librarianship #58. Sheril also teaches a course in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and an undergraduate course, Foundations of Information Studies, at UofT Mississauga.
Lena Horne, Ph.D., currently holds the rank of Associate Professor in Textile Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta (Canada) and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University (USA). She teaches in the areas of textile product development and international trade in textiles and apparel. In her research program, she applies product development and consumer behavior theories to understand older consumers as users of textile products. She has published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, The Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, and the International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology. She was instrumental in developing and launching the new undergraduate Textile Sciences program in 2005. Her lifelong involvement in teaching and research in an inherently interdisciplinary field enables her to appreciate deeply the relevance and significance of information literacy.
Charlotte Innerd is Acting Manager of Reference and Information Services at Nipissing University. She has a BA in History from the University of Windsor, an MA in History from the University of Durham, UK and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently co-Chair of CORIL, serving on the committee as a representative of OCUL-IR. She is interested in library support for distance education, as her regular position is as the Distance Education Librarian. She also has an interest in Library 2.0 and its implications for outreach to students.
Charles Keyes is Coordinator of International Studies and Instructional Services Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, New York since 2003. He holds a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Buffalo and is currently working toward a Masters degree in International Relations at the City College of New York. Mr. Keyes spent nine years in Tokyo, Japan where he worked as Testing Coordinator and taught business skills courses for Pegasus Language Services, Mobil Oil (Japan). At LaGuardia he teaches two courses on research skills: the three-credit Information Strategies, that has been integrated into a First Year Experience Academy liberal arts cluster and the one-credit Internet Research. He worked on the development of the College's Information Literacy and Research Assessment Rubric, and has been involved in its norming. Currently he is one of the faculty co-leaders of Building Information Literacy in the Disciplines (BILD), a year-long, faculty-led professional development seminar run by LaGuardia's Center for Teaching and Learning. He has made several conference presentations on the academic library's role in developing research skills across the curriculum and on the use of wikis in the classroom.
Lorie Kloda is the instructional technology librarian at the McGill Life Sciences Library where she coordinates information literacy instruction in the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry for students, staff, and clinicians. Previously, Lorie has worked in a hospital library, and patient information centre, a research centre, and a public library. Â She is an avid user of social software and is interested in using technology for teaching, learning, and managing information. Currently enrolled in doctoral studies at McGill School of Library and Information Studies, Lorie is researching the information behaviour of rehabilitation therapists. Lorie's other interests include the teaching of evidence-based practice, consumer health information and research on academic integrity.
Nina graduated with her Nursing Diploma from Mohawk College in 1984. She completed the post RN B.Sc.N. at McMaster University in 1989 and was subsequently employed at Mohawk College in both the Nursing Assistant and the Diploma Nursing programs. Nina continued her Masters studies with McMaster University and completed this at a distance while working in a remote northern Manitoba hospital, investigating the use of communication and information technologies in education. She obtained her M.Sc.T. Degree in 1998 focusing on Nursing Education and Reflective Practice. Returning to ntario in 1995, she has been employed at Georgian College in Barrie as faculty in the Diploma and B.Sc.N. programs. She has taught in a variety of clinical settings including Med-Surg, Obstetrical, Geriatric and community clinical areas. She has been involved in curriculum revision, evaluation, online teaching, and is committed to continuous improvement in the teaching process. She has been the B.Sc.N. Program Coordinator with the Collaborative Georgian/York Program since 2005 and affiliated with The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Georgian College where she conducts part-time faculty sessions, cooperative and active learning sessions. Since 2005 Nina has been the Health Sciences Knowledge Hub Faculty promoting the College's Information Literacy initiatives.
Patrick R. Labelle
Patrick Labelle is the Instruction Librarian at Concordia University Libraries. In addition to chairing the Libraries' Information Literacy Working Group, which aims at further integrating information literacy teaching and learning within the curriculum, Patrick is responsible for the development, promotion and evaluation of the Libraries' instruction program. He also collaborates with other university departments and services to offer workshops tailored to meet the needs of different groups such as those of international students.
Corinne Laverty is Head of the Education Library at Queen's University. Cory works with teacher candidates, graduate students and faculty at the Faculty of Education and contributes to the selection and organization of the rich collections that serve them. She develops and teaches courses and workshops on information literacy, resource-based learning, and the use of educational technology for teaching and learning. Cory's first career was as a music teacher (B.Music, Cert. Ed., M.Mus.), after which she became a teaching librarian ( MLIS , UWO), and then a research librarian (Ph.D. , Information Science, University of Wales, U.K.).
Katherine Lithgow works with the University of Waterloo's Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology (LT3 Centre) where she helps faculty and instructors in Applied Health Sciences design on line activities to enhance student learning. She also coordinates the eportfolio projects at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the LT3 Centre, Katherine worked with the UW's Distance and Continuing Education Department helping faculty plan, develop and deliver on line distance education courses.
Cecilia Macheski (Ph.D. English Literature, The City University Graduate School) has taught at LaGuardia Community College of The City University of New York since 1975. She has been awarded three Fulbright Senior Scholar grants to research and teach in New Zealand and Norway. Currently she serves as Chair of the College-wide Curriculum Committee and directs the College's Outcomes Assessment Program. With Dr. Marian Arkin she is co-author of Research Papers: A Guide and Workbook (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
Don MacMillan is Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary Library. He has also held positions as MBA/EMBA Librarian at the Haskayne School of Business Library, University of Calgary and at the Calgary Public Library. Don is interested in program-integrated information literacy instruction and the effects that has on long-term student learning.
Saira Rachel Mall was recently appointed to Seneca College Libraries as an Information Services Librarian, posted to Seneca@York where she leads the campus' information literacy and outreach programs. Saira’s philosophical approach to the practice of academic librarianship is to help graduates integrate core abilities: to research, to critically evaluate information and also to prepare them with the practical skills essential for professional work, thus fully preparing graduates with the information literacy skills necessary to succeed in the global community. Previously, she held a position with Teaching & Learning Services (TLS) at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus where she created and coordinated Presentation Skills Instruction. She is also a recipient of the 2006 CACUL Innovation Achievement Award for the co-design and co-implementation of the Research, Writing & Presenting (RWP) Summer Learning Institutes program-- an intensive two-day, non-credit course that teaches first-year students to learn how to become self-directed learners at university. Saira has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Trent University and an M.L.I.S. from McGill University.
Maura Matesic is a reference librarian at the Scott Library at York University. Having worked in the corporate sector, at public libraries, and previously at the Business Library at York University, she is currently enjoying her role as the Division of Social Science Librarian and temporary Humanities and Religious Studies Subject Specialist providing research assistance and information literacy instruction to graduate and undergraduate students. Her current research interests include the study of technology in traditional and non-traditional pedagogical settings, e-learning, and collaborative online learning communities.
Heather Matheson is a Reference Librarian at Carleton University Library and Treasurer of the Library Association of the National Capital Region. A graduate of Dalhousie University's School of Library and Information Studies, Heather has a history of association involvement and was awarded the 2003 Atlantic Provinces Library Association Award and School of Library and Information Studies Leadership Award. Heather is also co-editor of Feliciter's 'ETIG Bytes' column and section editor (Professional Development) for the new open access journal Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. Her research interests include efficient professional development and community-building through best use of current awareness tools and social software. You can read her musings online at http://www.inspyre.ca.
Rochelle Mazar is an Instructional Technology Liaison Librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Raised in Guelph, Rochelle first saw the internet at her friend's house in 1991, but thought it was only for people who understood math (i.e., not her). She started building learning objects by accident; she stumbled upon telnet-based multi-user spaces in 1993 and promptly built interactive versions of her history papers. After completing a BA in English and History at Carleton University, she went on to Harvard, where she kept up with Canadian news via live streaming audio from the CBC. With a Master of Theological Studies in hand, she proceeded to the University of Toronto to begin work on a Ph.D in history. While reading for her comps, she discovered the power of social software, and how people from around the world will use anything available to them to interact, connect, and collaborate. Rochelle had an epiphany; she was destined to be, not a historian, but a librarian. She left Toronto for London and completed an MLIS at the University of Western Ontario, where she learned the joys of MySQL and PHP, and the discovered the wonders of librarianship. She has called Mississauga home since 2005.
Kristina McDavid graduated from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of subject areas: science and engineering, agricultural sciences/forestry and business. Since 2003 she has been the MD Undergraduate Program Librarian at UBC, coordinating library collections and services for the distributed undergraduate medical program.
Rian Misfeldt was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He became a librarian as a first career in 1997, earning his MLIS from UBC's SLAIS in Vancouver. Rian immediately went back &home& to work in Regina - first for Agriculture Canada, then for SIAST (Sask. Institute of Applied Science & Technology) where he has worked for the past nine years in a public services role and, now, as the head librarian at SIAST's Wascana Campus. At SIAST, Librarians are encouraged to be eclectic. Consequently, Rian's responsibilities shift day-to-day in a variety of areas including management and mentoring, collection development, reference and research services, marketing and promotion, and (of course!) instruction and information literacy. Currently, his overall focus is on the last of these as he spreads the word at SIAST about information literacy and its linkages to employability skills and lifelong learning. Rian currently resides in a bedroom community near Regina. His outside interests include weightlifting, dirtbike riding, and solo sports car racing. You can IM him anytime by adding firstname.lastname@example.org to your MSN contacts list.
Bryan Miyagishima is the Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Western Oregon University, and a subject reference librarian working with its College of Education. His research interests include library instruction pedagogy, and he has presented and written on the topics of program planning, instructional design, and habits of mind in information literacy.
Vivienne Monty is a Senior Librarian at York University's bilingual Glendon Campus and has been teaching classes at York for 34 years. Her areas of specialization are government documents and business economics. For the last few years, she has taught principally research methods in the Social Sciences. She is a former President of the Canadian Library Association and is the former Canadian member of the Committee of Accreditation. Vivienne is the author of 7 books on business, 2 chapters dealing with research in reference and has authored numerous articles on government documents, teaching as well as research.
Janice is the Instruction/Distance Education Librarian at Lakehead University and is responsible for the coordination, development and marketing of the Library's instruction program as well as the organization, provision and promotion of library services to Distance Education students. She received her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario; in addition, she holds an Honours BA and B.Ed. from Lakehead. She has worked at LU since 2003 and finds that her twin roles of Instruction /Distance Education often overlap since information literacy, new learning technologies, and learning theory impact both areas. Her other interests include embedding library resources into course software, pedagogical theory and technology, collaboration within and beyond the academic sphere and strategies for serving diverse populations. Janice has collaborated with the Thunder Bay Public Library in an information literacy outreach program to local high schools and is currently working with faculty to integrate the Library and its resources into WebCT.
Andrew Nicholson has been the GIS Librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library since November 2003. Prior to joining UofT Mississauga, Nicholson was the Map & GIS Librarian at the University of Oregon and at Trent University. He has a Master of Library Science (MLS) Degree from Dalhousie and a Diploma in Business Geographics from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia. His interests include promoting and embedding Information Literacy competencies, particularly as they relate to spatial information, numerical data, and other non-textual formats across the curriculum.
Mary Ellen Nicholson
Professor Nicholson, RN, PhD (c) began teaching in the School of Nursing at York University in 2002. Her clinical background includes mental health nursing, developmental paediatrics and rehabilitative recovery. She served in various administrative roles in university affiliated health care organizations prior to her current foci on teaching within a human science paradigm. She has extensive experience working in international health care settings in Central America, South America, China and Mexico and teaches primarily in the York BSCN Program for Internationally Educated Nurses. She is a strong advocate with students, of the York Mission "define the possible". She has taught across the undergraduate program curricula and current research focus is on the nature of leadership in health care organizations, client focused care delivery models, and teaching-learning relationships.
Daniel Payne is Head of Reference, Information and Access Services at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Prior to working at OCAD, Daniel worked at Brock University as an arts and humanities librarian with subject responsibilities in art, modern languages (French, German, and Italian) and music. At OCAD, he actively maintains responsibilities in reference, instruction, archival supervision, web site design, database management, collection development and faculty liaison. He has made information literacy a high priority at OCAD: in 2005/06, the Library reference team--comprised of two public service librarians--taught 104 sessions to 2,938 students; a considerable accomplishment, given OCAD's FTE population during this period was 2,939 students. Daniel maintains currency in art librarianship through active participation in the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS NA) and has served variously as the Vice Chair, Chair, ARLIS Canada Representative, and Newsletter Editor for the ARLIS Ontario chapter. Additionally, Daniel represents OCAD on the Ontario Council of University Libraries Information and Resources Group (OCUL IR).
Professor Peisachovich has a background in cardiovascular and high acuity nursing. Currently a Sessional Lecturer, she has taught in several undergraduate nursing programs in the School of Nursing. Her teaching foci include nursing ethics, health-assessment, and client-centred care. Her research interests include integration of technology to support nursing clinical decision-making at point of care.
Sarah Polkinghorne is a newly-minted librarian with an MLIS from the University of Alberta. She looks forward to continuing to pursue several interests during her career, including information literacy instruction, reference services, and research examining the information needs and behaviours of rural Canadians. Sarah also holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Regina and an MA from the University of Alberta.
Laurie A. Prange (MLIS, UWO '01) is the Reference Librarian at Yukon College. She is one of only two professional librarians at the College (not including the manager) and, as a result, is responsible for a very wide-range of services. Her many duties involve information literacy instruction, website administration, public relations, facultly liaison, database administration, interlibrary loans, and assisting the technicians during peak periods. As a tiny College in the North with many affiliations to universities, students can range from high school equivalency to graduate studies and can be in any of the 14 campuses across the Yukon Territory. Every day presents new challenges that often requires problem-solving involving the use of technology or the need for information literacy instruction, and she loves every minute of it.
Elena M. Prigoda
Elena M. Prigoda is an Instruction & Liaison Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto Libraries. Previously, she held appointments as a Research Assistant at the Evidence-based Practice Centre at McMaster University and the Canadian Cochrane Network & Centre. She has conducted research on information behaviour in a public library-based knitting group. Currently Elena is conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness of informatics education for medical undergraduates. She is a graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Western Ontario.
Sylvia Roberts holds a BA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Sylvia joined the Simon Fraser University Library in 1998 and is currently liaison librarian for the schools of Communication and Resource & Environmental Management. Over the course of her career as a librarian, Sylvia has provided user instruction and reference services in the sciences and technology, business, medicine and law at public and specialized libraries, worked in library systems design and support, and taught continuing library education courses at Langara College and Vancouver Community College.
Denyse Rodrigues has a MISt, Library and Information Sciences, from the University of Toronto and a MA in Geography from York University. She is the Extended Services Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is co-chair of the Novanet Virtual Reference service and is keenly interested in all technologies that facilitate the provision of library services to off-campus students.
Alexandra Rojas is a Reference Librarian at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in Long Island City, New York. She has taught the three-credit LRC 102, "Information Strategies" and the one-credit LRC 103 "Internet Research Strategies" offered by the Library. She is a member of the Academic Standing Committee and serves as co-chair of the Library Association of the City University of New York Reference Roundtable. She received a fellowship in Library Science from St. John's University, Queens, New York and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Higher Education at Baruch College, The City University of New York. She worked for twelve years as a legal librarian for Austrian Lance & Stewart at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Shauna Rutherford, MLIS, is the Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of Calgary. Finding effective and innovative means of teaching students how to find and use information has been the focus of Shauna's career since she began working at the UofC in 1997. Since that time, she has worked with professors and students in the faculties of Communication & Culture, Social Sciences, Environmental Design and Social Work.
Dominic Hakim Silvio
I'm a Reference and Instruction Librarian and also a library liaison for Political Science, International Development Studies, Middle East studies and Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University. Currently I sit as a member of the Information Literacy Committee which aims at further integrating information literacy teaching and learning within the curriculum. My research interests include information literacy, international students' information seeking behavior, immigrants' information seeking behavior and information policy. So far my publication has been on immigrants and information seeking.
Richard Sims is a librarian in the Learning and Resource Centre of Scarborough's Centennial College. After earning an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 1998 he worked for the Queens Borough Public Library in New York City for two years before returning to Canada. Over the years Richard has combined his professional and academic pursuits to cultivate an interest in the intersection between philosophy and library science.
Meagan Stanley is a Library Assistant in Research and Instructional Services at the University of Western Ontario. She provides support for Librarians by helping with information literacy instruction, creating and maintaining web pages, and providing reference services. She enjoys working with students, ensuring they are accessing the best information resources at their point of need, as well as marketing library services to the university community.
Jackie Stapleton is the Kinesiology, Health Studies and Gerontology, Earth Sciences Librarian at the University of Waterloo. Over the past 10 years at the UW Library, Jackie has provided library instruction in many different disciplines including health, kinesiology, earth sciences, chemistry, optometry and systems design engineering. She is now an avid user of the Angel course management software in providing this instruction. Her other activities in the UW Library include Chair of the Information Services and Resources Training Committee and UW representative in the Wellington Waterloo Dufferin Health Library Network.
Dana Thomas is currently the Digital Support Librarian at Ryerson University. Her primary areas of responsibility include SFX, RefWorks, and electronic resource troubleshooting. Dana began at Ryerson in 2005, occupying a contract position as Serials Librarian until she was hired as Digital Support Librarian in December 2006. Dana received her Masters of Information Studies (MISt) from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies, and graduated with a B.A. Honours, Fine Arts from the University of Toronto in 2002. While studying at the University of Toronto, Dana was employed in the Access & Information and Reference departments within Robarts Library.
Professor Wood has been a Sessional Lecturer with the School of Nursing since 2005. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner with clinical and research interests focused in the area of care for high acuity neonatal care and family-centred nursing care. She has been teaching predominantly in the BScN for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) for the past 2 years, developing and teaching bridging courses that support IENs to meet the challenges of university-level education
Deena Yanofsky is a Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Scott Library at York University. She also teaches in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humber College. Her current teaching and research interests focus on citizenship, democracy and civic literacy. Her favourite ice cream is Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate.