Professional Development

Professional development is a necessary aspect of keeping up to date in this rapidly changing profession. I am committed to ongoing learning and knowledge development, actively seeking challenges, opportunities and professional alliances.

Master of Library and Information Science
Professional Memberships
Workshops, Online Courses & Webinars
Conferences
Self-Directed Programs
Reports

MASTER OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

University of Western Ontario
Master of Library and Information Science
Cataloguing

  • Organization of Information

Librarianship

  • Perspectives on Library and Information Science
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Consumer Health Information
  • GIS in Academic Libraries
  • Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library
  • Strategic Planning
  • Librarianship for Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Information and the Human Factor in a Technological Society

Management

  • Management
  • Managing Vendor Relationships
  • Information Management

Reference and Instruction

  • Information Sources and Services
  • Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals
  • Advanced Information Services

Special Topics

  • Supervised Coop Work Study I (Pass)
  • Supervised Coop Work Study II (Pass)

 

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

My membership in these associations offers tremendous benefits. I am able to expand my professional library network and learn about emerging instructional trends and technologies, and much more. These associations provide opportunities for me to increase my awareness of issues concerning librarianship and libraries. Many of these associations support research, organize conferences, and offer various outreach programs. As my career matures, I aim to participate more fully in these associations.

  • Canadian Library Association (CLA)
  • Ontario Library Association (OLA)
  • Special Library Association (SLA)
  • British Columbia Library Association (BCLA)
  • Library Association of Alberta (LAA)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

 

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WORKSHOPS

One important way I stay current in this ever-changing library profession while improving my skills and knowledge is by attending professional development workshops – in person and online. Professional development workshops are offered on every topic imaginable. In addition to learning new skills, I support my profession, enhance my resume, and network with colleagues.

15th Annual Augustana Information Literacy Workshop 2014: Building Capacity for Information Literacy Through Wisdom, Courage, and Humor, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
Camrose, AB
December 5, 2014

ACRL workshop “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action”, Mount Royal & COPPAL
Vancouver, British Columbia
January 9, 2013

11th Annual Augustana Information Literacy Workshop 2010
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
Camrose, AB
December 2, 2010

Instructional Skills Workshop
Red Deer College
August 25, 2010

Online Courses & Webinars

  • Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, EDx MOOC, UBC, 2015
  • Introduction to Learning Technologies, Canvas MOOC, University of Saskatchewan, 2015
  • Yammer Essential Training; 2015 (lynda.com)
  • Up and Running with Adobe Presenter 10, 2015 (lynda.com)
  • Installing and Running WordPress: Birnami, 2015 (lynda.com)
  • Up and Running with Lync Online. 2015 (lynda.com)
  • Library Advocacy Unshushed, University of Toronto iSchool, 2014 (MOOC)
  • Canadian Copyright Laws, 2013
  • Health Informatics in the Cloud, Coursera, 2013
  • Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum, 2013, OLDS MOOC
  • Learning Objects: Creating Instruction To Go, ACRL, June 2011
  • Next Generation Discovery Forum, Sponsored by Library Journal, May 2011
  • Delivering Lessons and Leveraging Interactive Tools: SMART Podium Basics, May 2011
  • Credo Reference Customer Training, Introduction, April 19, 2011
  • Credo Reference Customer Training, Topic Pages & LibGuides, April 19, 2011
  • LibGuides Basics Part 1, March 28, 2011
  • LibGuides Basics Part 2, March 30, 2011
  • Campus Guides, March 17, 2011
  • SmartBoard Technologies Interactive Whiteboard System
  • RefWorks Workshop
  • EndNote Workshop
  • PresentationZen Workshop: Making engaging presentations
  • Prezi Workshop: Dynamic presentations for education

Business Reference 101, RUSA, November 2012
This four-week, Web-based professional development course is designed for academic, special or public librarians and other researchers and library staff who have a basic understanding of some business resources.

Incorporating Social Media, March 1, 2011
This online session demonstrated student use of social media and how library instructors can integrate social media in active learning designs.

Specialized Online Information Literacy – ACRL

The Association of College and Research Libraries offers many opportunities to participate in timely online courses and seminars.

Creating a “Social Life” for Information Literacy Instruction in Libraries, October 30, 2011
ACRL offers a wide variety of short online courses. This course explores new ways that librarians can retool their instructional approaches to actively engage students in the process of information retrieval and knowledge creation.

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CONFERENCES

Attending conferences for professional rejuvenation is as important as taking part in networking opportunities available through sponsored events at these conferences. Session content provides tremendous insight into emerging technologies, creative methodologies, and much more.

  • Are we there yet?,British Columbia Library Association Conference, 2013 (Attendee)
  • Teaching Practices Colloquium, Thompson Rivers University, 2012 (Poster Presenter)
  • Spring Professional Development Conference, Red Deer College, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 2011 (Attendee)
  • Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU), Learning Under Living Skies, University of Regina, Regina, SK, 2011 (Convenor/Volunteer)
  • Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2010
    Toronto, ON, February 24-27 (Attendee)
  • British Columbia Library Association Conference 2010
    Penticton, BC, April 16 – 18 (Attendee)
  • Alberta Library Association Conference 2010
    Jasper, BC, April 29 – May (Attendee)
  • Canadian Library Association Conference 2010
    Edmonton, AB, June 2 – 5 (Attendee)

Online Conferences

Springy Camp Online Conference, November 2012
Focusing on UX (user experience), this online conference was attended by over 500 interested in learning about LibCal, LibAnalytics, and other features of SpringShare’s LibGuide product.  Various librarians presented their experiences engaging users in and marketing library resources and services integrating LibGuide products across departments, course management systems, and websites.

Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI, February 1-2, 2012
Another installment where “librarians bring their tools and strategies to the learning scene. The conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians.”

Handheld Librarian Online Conference V, July 27-28, 2011
“Handheld Librarian V will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society.”

ALA Annual Virtual Conference, July 13, 14, 2011
ALA Virtual Conference is a perfect format for me to attend an ALA conference when I cannot physically be with my colleagues. This year, a series of 11 interactive web sessions allowed me to interact with speakers and other attendees on topics that included privacy, leveraging social media, and perceptions of new professionals.

Handheld Librarian Online Conference IV, February 23-24, 2011
A two-day intensive conference where participants learned about the latest activities where other libraries are integrating technologies, specifically mobile platforms, into their operations, client-facing services, and much more.

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SELF-DIRECTED PROGRAMS

There are many opportunities to participate in self-directed programs. One such program is 23 Things for Professional Development. Follow my progress on my blog Transliteracy Librarian.

Library Day in the Life Project is coordinated by Bobbi Newman and I was honoured to participate along with 250 colleagues from around the globe. For this amazing project librarians, library staff and library students share a day or an entire week in their professional library life through blog posts, photos, videos, audio presentations, journals, and Twitter updates.

 

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REPORTS

Librarians’ work is multifaceted yet focuses on three areas: user services, technical services, and administrative services. We gather, organize, and present information of interest to our institutions, our users, and our colleagues. We research emerging technologies, user preferences, vendor’s products and services, and much more. An integral aspect of this work is evaluating products and services at intervals and from various perspectives finally writing comprehensive reports.

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