2014 Spring Newsletter / Alumni News

Alumni News


Sylvia Piggott, MLS ’79, was recently elected president of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal (WCCM). Piggott previously served as Deputy Division Chief, Information Services Department, at the Joint World Bank/International Monetary Fund Library. Prior to that, she held the position of Senior Manager of Research and Business Information Service at the Bank of Montreal. Piggott is a member of the World Library and Information Congress, and the board of the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association. She is also chair of the Black Academic Scholarship Fund. Her term as president of the WCCM begins this year and ends in 2015. Source: McGill Alumni 365

Photo courtesy of CAUT

Linda Winkler, MLS ’73. Photo courtesy of CAUT

Linda Winkler, MLS ’73, is the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding service by an academic librarian who has contributed to the advancement of the status and/or working conditions of academic librarians at Canadian universities and colleges. Linda is a Librarian at the University of Regina, where her career has spanned nearly 38 years. Source: McGill News Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2013.


Daniel Boyer, MLIS ’88, “Head Librarian of the Nahum Gelber Law Library, was named Associate Dean of User Services of the McGill Library for a two-year mandate. As well, Me Boyer has also been named to the board of directors of the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ) for a period of five years, following the recommendation of the Deans of law faculties across Quebec. Furthermore, Me Boyer will also be sitting on the board of directors of the International Association of Law Libraries for a three-year term. “By this trio of well-deserved nominations,” said Dean Daniel Jutras, “Daniel Boyer will continue to brilliantly serve both the Faculty of Law and McGill University, while ensuring their outreach and presence here in Quebec and across the world. Bravo, Daniel!” Source: Faculty of Law news.

Carol Katz, MLIS ’89, recently published a children’s book. Set in 1950s-era Montreal, Zaidie and Ferdele: Memories of My Childhood was inspired by Katz’s own formative years in the city. Katz, an archivist, poet and short-story writer, currently serves as Publicity Chairperson at Montreal’s Creative Social Centre. Adapted from: McGill Alumni 365.


Catherine Kwok, MLIS '94

Catherine Kwok, MLIS ’94

Catherine Kwok, MLIS ’94, (right) is Collection Development and Services Manager at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS ’94, is serving as the Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba in Japan. He recently published an interview article entitled, “A Conversation with Robert Sutherland, Chief Librarian at the Metropolitan Opera Library” in Fontes Artis Musicae Journal, Vol. 60, Issue No. 2, pp. 76-91. As well, Dr. Lo, with Kitty But and Robert Trio, presented a paper entitled, “Different Missions, Common Goals – Museum-Library Collaboration at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum in the Service of Local and Family History and the Conservation of Documentary Heritage in the South China Sea” at the 2013 IFLA Conference in the Open Session on the Infinite Possibilities of Family History and Genealogy in East and South Asian Culture. Full paper available at: http://library.ifla.org/231

Katharine Shipley, MLIS ’93

Katharine Shipley, MLIS ’93

Katharine Shipley, MLIS ’93, (left) is currently a Teacher-Librarian at a high school in Vancouver. She completed her BEd (UBC) in 2002 and loves being able to combine her library and teaching skills in one job. She works closely with her teaching colleagues to help students  be more effective researchers as well as help students find a good book to read (to which she adds: “Yes! Teenagers still read books!”) She had a baby boy, Miles, with her husband Murray last November. His favourite book is “Grumpy Bird”.


Peter Hepburn, MLIS ’00. After 12 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago in various positions, most recently Digitization Librarian and Associate Professor, Peter has moved west. As of February 1, 2013, Peter is Head Librarian at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.

Tomasz Neugebauer, MLIS ’06, is the researcher in residence for e-Artexte, a unique open access digital repository for visual arts documents in Canada. Tomasz played a key role in helping to develop and launch the project. He is a Digital Projects and Systems Development Librarian at Concordia University and the editor of PhotographyMedia.com. Source: McGill News Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2013.

Corinna MacDonald, MLIS ’08, is the project manager for e-Artexte, which provides museums, artist-run centres, art galleries, and other publishers/authors a platform for flexible and simple archiving of their publications – making these works accessible to anyone on the Internet. For more information, visit e-artexte.ca. Source: McGill News Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2013.

Maya Kucij, MLIS ’08, was awarded the McGill Library’s 2013 Librarian Excellence Award. This award recognizes a McGill Librarian who has demonstrated excellence in academic librarianship and has shown efforts to improve library services through innovative practice, initiative and resourcefulness.


Guillaume Boutard, PhD ’13, was awarded a two-year Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC) post-doctoral fellowship. Guillaume will be continuing his research at Université de Montréal.

Christine Chahal, MLIS ’13, is now a Science and Engineering Librarian at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Yusuke Fitzgibbons (Ishimura), PhD ’13, is working as a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. His main teaching responsibility is educating post-graduate students to become ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) accredited information professionals. He is continuing his research on information behaviour and information literacy.

Rhiannon Herbert, MLIS ’13, is working as Project Archivist with the McGill University Archives on a web based project concerned with veterans of WWII and their various ties to McGill.

Tim Hutton, MLIS ’13, has accepted a position in the library of an international school in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Sarah North, MLIS ’11, is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho. She is creating the library’s first Information Literacy plan and helping to create all collections, policies and procedures. Sarah was accepted into ACRL’s 2013 Immersion Program-Teacher Track.

Amandine Pras, PhD ’13, was awarded a two-year Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC) post-doctoral fellowship. Amandine will be continuing her research at Columbia University.

Alesia Rudnitskaya MLIS ’13, is working as a Digital Media Project Leader at the Canadian National Railway Company (CN). She is involved in the implementation and development of a digital media library for the Marketing team and the creation of policies and workflows in digital asset management.

Shanna Shadoan, MLIS ’13, is working as a librarian for the Denver Public Libraries in Colorado.

Adrienne Smith baby

Adrienne Smith, MLIS ’11 welcomes a new baby!

Adrienne Smith, MLIS ’11, and her partner Martin recently welcomed a little girl, Jane (left), to their family. Congratulations!

Christine Smith, MLIS ’13, is the head of the Peter G. Holt Memorial Library at Bishop’s College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She is also an active member of numerous library associations, serving as the CLA Montreal Network Co-Moderator and sitting on the Board of Directors of La Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec (CBPQ).

Alisa Soukhodolskaia, MLIS ’13, was hired while still a student at SIS to become the Multilingual Services Coordinator at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. This is a new position which entails augmenting services to the Francophone and Allophone communities in Côte Saint-Luc, a small city within Montreal.

Yushi Wang, MLIS ’13, is working at the Regional Municipality of Peel as a Records Management Coordinator.

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