2015 Winter Newsletter / Alumni News

Alumni Updates

News from graduates of the McGill School of Information Studies, including awards, honours, career achievements, publications, and more.

1960’s

Fran Rose (formerly Frances E. Peters), BLS’63, wrote to the School with an overview of her career as a librarian. After obtaining her BLS at McGill, Fran began her career at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, where she provided telephone reference services and was in charge of a collection of Canadian and provincial government publications. She fondly remembers watching the ribbon cut by then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the opening of the Library’s new building on Wellington Street in 1967. In 1973, Fran relocated to Victoria to become Government Publications Librarian at the McPherson Library, University of Victoria. She recounts that she was among the first in her office to have a computer, and may have been one of the first librarians in Canada to create web pages linking to important sources of government publications and information. Fran retired in 2001 to Pender Island, where she has had a number of positions, including Music Librarian for the local Choral Society.

1990’s

Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS’94 Associate Professor, Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan. (Photo credit: Patrick Lo)

Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS’94 Associate Professor, Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan. (Photo credit: P. Lo)

Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS’94, (right) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He recently published an interview entitled, “A Conversation with Matthew Naughtin, Music Librarian at the San Francisco Ballet” in Music Reference Services Quarterly, 17, pp. 142–168 (2014).  He has also been invited to serve as the co-chair of “The Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015” in Osaka, Japan: http://iafor.org/iafor/conferences/librasia2015

Wendy Wayling, MLIS’94 (centre), receiving the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club Library Award. (Photo credit: Wendy Wayling)

Wendy Wayling, MLIS’94 (centre), receiving the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club Library Award. (Photo credit: W. Wayling)

Wendy Wayling, MLIS’94, (left) received the 2014 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service from the ABQLA. The award recognizes an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and made a lasting contribution to the profession. Wendy is a Children’s Librarian at the Westmount Public Library. This past May, Wendy  was also the recipient of the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards first prize in the English category.

Elizabeth Wallace, MLIS’95, is the Collections Librarian for the Science and Technology Library and the Winspear Business Library at the University of Alberta. She also serves as the International Liaison to UAL’s partner libraries in India and Nepal.

Pascal Calarco, MLIS’95, and Mary Horman, MLIS’96, now reside in Kitchener, ON with their two children, after living and working in the US for 17 years. Pascal is Associate University Librarian at the Research & Digital Discovery Services, University of Waterloo. Pascal serves as a CARL representative to the ARL/CARL/LIBER/COAR Joint Task Force on the Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication, is a review member of the Center for Research Libraries’ Certification Committee for Trusted Digital Repositories, and is a Fellow, 2013-2015 of the ARL Leadership Fellows Program. Mary and Pascal have been working on an online bookseller business. They would love to hear from their fellow alumni!

Syarwan Ahmad, MLIS’98, is a Senior Associate Professor at State Islamics University in Aceh, Indonesia. Dr. Ahmad attained his PhD in 2012 from the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2012, majoring in Instructional Technology, with a thesis on Instructional Leadership. Although his primary teaching is in the field of education, he teaches a Library Material Course and Reference Material and Services at Faculty of Letters and Humanities, and is one of the main library consultants of the university.

2000’s

Peter Hepburn, MLIS’00, is now the Head Librarian at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and is living with his husband, Conrad Paulson, in Pasadena, California. Peter has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Library Association for a three-year term from 2014-2017.

Jerry Fielden, MLIS’02, receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jerry Fielden, MLIS’02, receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. (Photo credit: J. Fielden)

Jerry Fielden, MLIS’02, (right) and his wife, Shelle, play in the band AraPacis, which will soon release their fourth album including guests from Deep Purple and Camel. In 2010, Jerry wrote a book on the history of the 438 TAC HEL Squadron of the RCAF “Le 438e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères 1934-2009.” Moreover, Jerry has worked as a reference librarian, a researcher, an archivist, a records analyst, and was a course lecturer for GLIS 633 in the summers of 2003 and 2005. He also created an archive fonds for the 438 TAC HEL Squadron housed at la Société historique du Marigot in Longueuil. Jerry was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his book and for his volunteer work with the Royal Air Force Association of Canada.

Johanne Boucher, MLIS’03, (featured in our Winter 2010 SIS FOCUS newsletter) moved from her position in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages to her new role as Manager, Integrated Information Systems at the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office in Ottawa this past June.

Hana Kim, MLIS’03, relocated to Vancouver with her husband this summer to begin her new role as Head of the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia.

Jacqueline Barlow, MLIS’08, is the Manager of the Learning Resource Centres (college libraries) at Bournemouth and Poole College, located across several campuses in Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset. She is responsible for a staff of librarians and paraprofessionals, and is also involved in strategic planning, community outreach, and liaisons with other departments. Jacqueline is a candidate with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the “gold standard” of LIS qualifications in the UK. She also created and intermittently updates the blog That’s Not Online! (thatsnotonline.tumblr.com), a project that won her a full delegate pass to CILIP’s Umbrella Conference in 2011.

Brandon Fitzgerald, MLIS’09, is a Project Manager at the Library of Congress Law Library. He was recently featured in an interview on the blog: In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress. Read the interview here: http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2014/12/an-interview-with-brandon-fitzgerald

Rosa Orlandini, MLIS’09, has been a GIS and Map Librarian at York University since 2011. Rosa is also the 2013-15 President of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives.

The School extends congratulations to a number of SIS graduates working as Librarians at McGill University Library who have recently received tenure, including: Natalie Waters, MLIS’01; Robin Canuel, MLIS’02; Maryvon Côté, MLIS’03; Megan Chellew, MLIS’05; Eamon Duffy, MLIS’05; April Colosimo, MLIS’05; Amy Buckland, MLIS’08; and Cathy Martin, MLIS’08.

2010’s

Book cover: "Balancing Liberty and Security: An Ethical Study of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance: 2001–2009,” Michelle Atkin, MLIS’03, PhD’11

Book cover: “Balancing Liberty and Security: An Ethical Study of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance: 2001–2009,” Michelle Atkin, MLIS’03, PhD’11

Michelle Atkin, MLIS’03, PhD’11, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Law at Carleton University, published a revised version of her PhD dissertation as a book entitled Balancing Liberty and Security: An Ethical Study of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance: 2001–2009. The work has recently received a favourable review by the Security and Defense Studies Review. Michelle encourages the School’s PhD graduates to also consider adapting their theses into books. Read the review of Michelle’s book here: http://chds.dodlive.mil/files/2014/08/SDSR16-final.pdf

Nick Richbell, MLIS’11, is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Waterloo as of February 2015.

Marta Mazur Rusak, MLIS’13, is a Legal Document Manager at the Central Bank of Ireland.

David Tkach, MLIS’13, is a Special Project Officer in the Moshe Safdie Archive at McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections. He continues to teach several sections of the Information Literacy Lab component of “SEL 149” at Concordia University. In the past year, David also published two peer-reviewed articles, one on the philosophy of technology in relation to books and libraries, and the other on zine collection in academic libraries, co-authored with Dr. Carolyn Hank.

Caitlin Bailey, MLIS’14, is working as a full-time curator with the Canadian Centre for the Great War, situated in Montreal. In December 2014, she presented at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of English Literature and Material Culture Seminar Series in England.

Matthew Bouchard, MLIS’14, is the Executive Director at the Yellow Door, a youth-directed non-profit in Montreal. In his work, he applies Knowledge Management concepts of efficiency of communication, information flows, leadership skills, and web site design and management. Matthew notes that his networking activities while at the School continue to pay professional dividends. He encourages current students to get involved with student associations, ask about jobs, network with peers, and professors, “and watch what happens!”

Rhiannon Gainor, PhD’14, has recently become the Director of Research and Analysis at e.Republic, a California-based media company.

Karine Maurais, MLIS’14, was hired after graduation as a Librarian at the National Collection of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).

Nathalie de Preux, MLIS’14, is a Knowledge Management Advisor for the Engineering and Product Development Center at Bombardier Aerospace.  Nathalie began working in the KM team during her second year at SIS, after being granted an internship from the McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) for research in Maturity Models for Communities of Practice and KM impact measurement. She obtained a permanent position in June 2014 and is responsible for the support of eight Communities of Practice and the communication strategy of the KM team.

Maria Ressina, MLIS’14, is the Serials Librarian at the Jewish Public Library. She is also involved with reference and circulation, and is in charge of collections development for the Russian collection.

Evelina Stulgaityte, MLIS’14, (below) is an Assistant Archivist for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Evelina Stulgaityte, MLIS’14, in her new role as Assistant Archivist for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Evelina Stulgaityte, MLIS’14, in her new role as Assistant Archivist for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. (Photo credit: E. Stulgaityte)

 


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