Manager FIMS Computing Services / Associate Librarian
I am on a reduced work load schedule and am in the office normally on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Email is the best way to reach me at other times.
A little bit about me.
In terms of education, I have an Honours BA (Anthropology
and History – double major) from the University of Windsor and did my graduate work (Master in Library Science) here at Western. While
there, I fell in love with the challenges and potential of technology and wondered if I could do both, be a librarian and work with technology.
It turns out I could. I have been a librarian
and technologist at FIMS and pre-merger, the School of Library and
Information Science (SLIS) at UWO for the last 36 years.
I started my library career in 1980, when I was
hired by SLIS, as the Systems Librarian, to develop and
manage the School’s (60,000 volume) library’s in house Integrated library
systems as well as their many custom databases. Additionally the role was
responsible for providing technology to students, staff and faculty and
the teaching of online searching to students in the library science
With the creation of FIMS in the 90s and move to Middlesex
College, my focus became much wider, providing technology/lab
infrastructure, access services and support to all FIMS programs as the
Manager of FIMS Computing Services. This included working with Journalism
faculty on multiple instances of the New Media course , which allowed me
to more fully understand the needs and processes of Journalism education.
More recently, in addition to my regular duties
and managing my team of Charlotte and Matt, I have been extensively involved in space planning for FIMS new home in the FIMS/Nursing building, slated for construction over the next 2 years.
At Western, I currently hold a continuing appointment
and the rank of associate librarian. During my career, I have
worked extensively with a variety of libraries and librarians throughout
Canada and abroad. I am a personal member of the Ontario Library
Association (OLA) and the Association of Caribbean, Research and
Institutional Libraries (ACURIL).
I try to keep involved and abreast of in the library
profession as much as possible. This includes presenting
papers and workshops at library conferences, including last year’s
theme keynote presentation entitled “Making Commons Work: How to translate
ideas into successful physical spaces” at the 2013 ACURIL conference - Knowledge
Territories: Exploring Commons Environments for Learning, Research, Creativity
and Productivity in Libraries, Archives and Museums in the Caribbean, San
Juan Puerto Rico, June 9-14,2013.
Some of my work interests include
- general interest in all aspects of technology and how they might apply to the FIMS community/programs
- space and building planning
- management and use of technology - including in libraries and news rooms
- library use of technology in developing countries especially the Caribbean basin
- online education/remote learning and associated theory and practice
- career alternatives for librarians