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People News: Spring 2013


Brock University

Denise Smith has joined the James A. Gibson Library as Liaison / Special Projects Librarian supporting History, Canadian Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and Liberal Arts in the Faculty of Humanities. Denise completed a BA with Combined Honours at the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS in Early Modern Studies & International Development. She completed a co-op placement with Brock in April and will graduate with an MLIS degree from Western University in June.


Carleton University

Shelley Gullikson (MLIS) began her position as Web, Communications, and Interface Design Librarian in January 2013. Most recently, Shelley had been Head of Web Publishing at the Privy Council Office and was Head of Reference Services at the Translation Bureau. She is returning to academic libraries, having worked as Information Literacy Coordinator at Mount Allison University, and as a reference librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Alberta.


Nippissing University and Canadore College

Nancy E. Black (MLS) joined Nipissing University and Canadore College Libraries as Executive Director in September 2012. While employed at the University of Northern British Columbia, she was the Manager of Access and Information Services from 2007-2012 with a year appointment as the Acting University Librarian from 2008 to 2009. She is currently completing a doctorate through the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies with the University of British Columbia.


Paula Cardozo (BA, MEd, MLIS) has been appointed to the permanent position of Reference and Information Services Librarian. Paula previously served as the Student Success Librarian/OCULA New Librarian Resident at Nippissing University and Canadore College Library.


Heather Saunders (MA, MLIS) became the Manager of Reference and Information Services in August 2012. She previously worked as the Art Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York.   


Ryerson University

May Yan has been appointed to the position of E-Resources Access and Discovery Librarian. May has been working at Ryerson Library for over a year, providing support in electronic resource management. Previously, May worked in User Support and Instruction at Scholars Portal, and at the Engineering and Computer Science Library at the University of Toronto. Prior to becoming a librarian, May worked extensively in database architecture, programming and web design both as in independent contractor and at Goldman Sachs in New York.  


University of Guelph

M.J. D’Elia (MLIS) has been appointed as the Head (Acting) of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team. Prior to this role, M.J. worked as an Information Literacy Librarian, primarily supporting business programs in the College of Management. He will continue to teach MCS*4100: Entrepreneurship for the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies.


Pamela Jacobs (MSc, MLIS) rejoined the University of Guelph Library in September 2012 as Information Resources Librarian. She returns to Guelph after two years as Canadian Manager with YBP Library Services and seven years at the Brock University Library as Associate University Librarian for Collections and as Collection Assessment/Liaison Librarian. Her work focuses on evidence-based decision-making in collection development, management, and analysis.


Melissa McAfee (MLS, BA) was appointed Special Collections Librarian on June 1, 2012. Over the past 20 years she has focused on collection development and management, digitization, curating exhibitions, grant writing, and preservation of rare books and archival collections. Most recently, she served as a grant writing and project consultant for libraries and archives in the Washington, DC area. In addition, she has held positions at a number of other institutions including the Newberry Library in Chicago, the New York State Historical Association, and the American University in Cairo.


Karen Nicholson became the Manager, Information Literacy in September 2012. Prior to working at Guelph, Karen was the Information Literacy and Staff Development Librarian at McMaster University from 2007 to 2012, and the Information Literacy Coordinator at McGill University from 2002 to 2007. Karen completed a secondment as Project Manager for the Council of Ontario Universities’ Quality Assurance Framework in 2010.



University of Toronto

Michael Meth joined the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) library on January 1, 2013. Michael comes to OISE from the University of Toronto Mississauga Library (UTM), where he was Director of the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre. Michael played a key role in the development of the Centre; it is now a flourishing and integral part of academic life at UTM.


Patricia Ayala (BFA, MISt) has been appointed to the permanent status stream position of Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre. Prior to this position, Patricia was a web content specialist for OntarioMD, a subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association, working on digital collection development for the OntarioMD portal. Patricia holds an MISt from the University of Toronto and a BFA (minor in biology and art history) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Lisa Gayhart has joined Information Technology Services in the position of Digital Communication Services Librarian at the University of Toronto. She will be responsible for a variety of communication and assessment-related duties, including the analysis of web usage and web-based user feedback to make strategic recommendations for web development; development of digital communication strategies for web-based library services; provision of client communications for a range of online library services; and coordinating the implementation of an integrated help desk ticket system for staff and user service support.

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