2016 Spring Newsletter / Alumni News

Alumni Updates

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


Mary Melfi, MLS’77, has published more than a dozen books of poetry, prose, and drama. She recently published a new novel, Via Roma (Guernica Editions). Source: McGill News Fall/Winter 2015.


Lonnie Weatherby, MLS’75, was the 2015 recipient of the Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service presented by l’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec – Quebec Library Association. Lonnie is the Liaison Librarian for English, American, Canadian & Italian Literatures; Film and Cultural Studies; and Philosophy in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill University. Each year, the Quebec Library Association presents an award to a librarian for outstanding library service. This award recognizes an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and made a lasting contribution to the profession. Congratulations, Lonnie!


Phyllis Rudin, MLS’80, recently published a novel, Evie, the Baby, and the Wife. Phyllis is an award-winning short story writer and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. Source: McGill News Fall/Winter 2015.

Dawn Kiddell, MLIS’89, is CEO and Chief Librarian at Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, Ontario. Dawn will be celebrating 20 years with Cornwall Public Library in June 2016.

Nadia Lalla, MLIS’90, became the Associate Provost for Library and Student Services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in September 2015.

Lois MacDonald, MLIS’92, retired from her position as Reference Librarian at the University of Manitoba on March 31, 2015. After graduating from the program in 1992, Lois also worked part-time at the University of Winnipeg. The School congratulates Lois on her retirement.


Anthems and Minstrel Shows: The Life and Times of Calixa Lavallee, 1942-1891 by Brian Thompson, MLIS’94

Brian Thompson, MLIS’94, recently published his biography of “O Canada” composer Calixa Lavallée, entitled Anthems and Minstrel Shows: The Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée, 1842-1891, McGill-Queen’s University Press. Brian teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His wife, Gabrielle Wong, MLIS’95, is the manager of the Learning Commons at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. They have two daughters: Sophie (15) and Anna (12).








Preserving Local Documentary Heritage: Conversations with Special Library Managers and Archivists in Hong Kong by Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS’94

Dr. Patrick Lo, MLIS’94, is serving as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba (Japan). Patrick has published his first book with the City University of Hong Kong Press. The book, Preserving Local Documentary Heritage: Conversations with Special Library Managers and Archivists in Hong Kong, was showcased at the Hong Kong Book Fair in July 2015.



Pascal Calarco, MLIS’95, was recently appointed University Librarian at the University of Windsor’s Leddy Library. He will start his new position at Windsor in April 2016. Pascal is a graduate of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Fellows Program from the 2013-2015 cohort.


April Colosimo (right) with Suzanne Fortier, Principal of McGill University. Credit: Bruna Ceccolini

April Colosimo, MLIS’05 (pictured at left), was awarded the 2015 McGill University Librarian Excellence Award. April is a Liaison Librarian at Schulich Library of Science and Engineering. Congratulations, April!

Dr. Brendan Edwards, MLIS ‘00, recently accepted the position of Department Head of Library and Archives at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Ahniwa Ferrari, MLIS’08, moved to a new position in August 2015 as the Associate Dean for Library, E-Learning, and Media Services at Grays Harbor College, a small community college located in Aberdeen, WA. In this role, Ahniwa is responsible for managing the campus library, the media services department, and all online and hybrid instruction taking place on campus. He continues to live in Olympia, WA—a one-hour commute—and has happily been using the time to catch up on his audiobooks.

Valerie Nesset, MLIS’02, PhD’09, was appointed Editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science in November 2015. Valerie is an Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo (SUNY).


Marc-André Bernier, MLIS’11, was recently featured in the media for his work providing services to deaf clients as Quebec’s first—and only—deaf librarian at the Montreal public library, Bibliothèque Le Prévost. Read more about Marc-André’s work and contribution to the community in the recent La Presse article: Un bibliothécaire sourd au service de sa communauté, available online. An interview with Marc-André on TCF – La télévision communautaire de Montréal’s “Coup de Chapeau” segment is also available online.

Amandine Pras, PhD’12, was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor, department of Creative Arts at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in January 2016.

James Bone, MLIS’13, has relocated to Ottawa, Ontario and is working as an archivist for Library and Archives Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. His areas of focus are evaluation, acquisition, and processing of private philatelic archives and philatelic collections.

Dr. Guillaume Boutard, PhD’13, was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo (SUNY), in August 2015.

Yoo Young Lee, MLIS’13, and her co-author, Eric Snajdr, received the Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference of Asian Special Libraries held in Seoul, South Korea from April 22 to April 24, 2015. Their presentation was entitled Connecting Library Instruction to Web Usability: The Key Role of Library Instruction to Change.

Dhary Abuhimed, PhD’15, was hired as a Research Consultant for the Innovation & Economic Development department at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Kathryn Barrett, MLIS ‘15, moved to Toronto after graduation to work as the Virtual Reference Librarian at Scholars Portal, a department of the University of Toronto Libraries that acts as the digital services arm of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. She manages and coordinates the “Ask a Librarian” chat reference service, offered at 15 university libraries across Ontario and Quebec.

Joshua Chalifour, MLIS’15, is teaching in John Abbott College’s Information and Library Technologies program.

Mark Mazumdar, MLIS ’15, gave a guest lecture on the use of the flipped classroom model in information literacy instruction in November 2015 at the McGill School of Information Studies.

Adelaide McDonnell, MLIS’15, is currently working at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as the Library Services Assistant.

Courtney Morrison, MLIS’15, was hired in July 2015 by Bishop’s College School, an English private school in Sherbrooke, QC. As head librarian, Courtney oversees all areas of the library such as budgeting, acquisitions, programming, events, website design, information literacy, and more.

Mathieu Pomerleau, MLIS’15, was hired after graduation as Reference Librarian at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Obtaining this position was a notable accomplishment as it is a great synthesis of the MLIS and his professional and academic background in architecture.

Kate Rozon, MLIS’15, was hired after graduation as a Senior Records Analyst at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). She is currently working on developing function based file classification plans for each of the Court’s functions in preparation for a new electronic document and records management system (EDRMS).

Sydney Steele, MLIS’15, is on contract with the Halifax Regional Municipal Archives. She is working on a processing project where she is responsible for the appraisal, selection, arrangement, and description of a large accession of records. The records Sydney is working with are from the Mayor’s and CAO’s offices of the pre-amalgamation municipalities of greater Halifax (Bedford, Dartmouth, County of Halifax and the City of Halifax,) before it became the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996.

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