Session presenters

Erin Alcock

Erin Alcock is a Science Research Liaison Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her biggest passions lie in helping students to become information literate citizens in all aspects of life. She likes mobile devices and usability and bibliometrics (with all their pros and cons). Erin serves as treasurer of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association, and is becoming increasingly interested in the role of librarians as academic staff members.

Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer is the Undergraduate Education Librarian at Indiana University-Bloomington and a course instructor for Library Juice Academy. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.

Matt Benzing

Matt Benzing is currently the Engineering and Computing Librarian for Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. Previously he was the Information Technology Librarian for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, NY, where he took a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction. He has presented at many conferences over the last few decades in the United States and Europe.

Kara Blizzard

Kara Blizzard is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. She possesses an MA in English from Queen’s University and an MLIS from Western University. Kara teaches information literacy to undergraduate students in disciplines ranging from Psychology to History to Computing Science.

Karen Bordonaro

Karen is the Teaching and Learning/Liaison Librarian at Brock University.  Her liaison areas include the departments of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Applied Linguistics, and Classics, as well as ESL Services and International Services.  Her research interests focus on the intersections between library learning and language learning.

Alan Carbery

Alan is the Assistant Library Director at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he has responsibility for the College’s award-winning, blended, information literacy programme. His interests include reflective practice, teacher development, active learning pedagogies, assessment, blended learning and inquiry-based learning in information literacy instruction. Prior to joining Champlain College in 2013, Alan worked in a number of specialist and academic libraries in Ireland, where he originates.

Justine Cotton

Justine is a Liaison Librarian at Brock University, with responsibilities for English, Communication, Popular Culture, Film and the Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD Program.  She has been a librarian for ten years and enjoys connecting with students in library workshops and one-on-one research consultations.  In her spare time, she enjoys fitness classes and chasing after her 3 year old daughter (also a workout!).

Michael Courtney

Michael Courtney is the Outreach and Engagement Librarian for the Indiana University Libraries. Michael is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing (IUB) where he teaches the Reference course.

Sandra Cowan

Sandra Cowan is a liaison librarian for English, Modern Languages, and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge Library in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is also a two-time graduate of MUN.

Kelly Dermody

Kelly Dermody is the E-learning and Accessibility Services Librarian at Ryerson University Library and Archives. She started at Ryerson in 2005 as  the Accessibility Services librarian and established the library’s accessible materials service. She has been the E-learning Librarian since 2012 and is busy creating online resources and flipping library instruction.

Nicole Eva

Nicole Eva is a librarian at the University of Lethbridge Library. She is the liaison for Management and Economics, as well as teaching general information literacy classes and being involved in Student Outreach activities.

Rachel Figueiredo

Rachel Figueiredo is an Engineering Liaison Librarian at the University of Waterloo. She has been a member of the Library Instruction Committee for three years and has developed instructional videos, activities, and lesson plans on behalf of the group. She has an interest in active learning techniques as classroom motivation.

Meredith Fischer

Meredith Fischer is the Authority File Maintenance Librarian at the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the UW Library Instruction Committee, and enjoys collaborating with teaching librarians and interacting with students as much as she enjoys working with metadata. Meredith is also a graduate student at UW.

Nancy Goebel

Nancy Goebel (Head Librarian — Augustana Campus Library — University of Alberta) has led the following Information Literacy (IL) initiatives: “Information Literacy in Academic Libraries” workshops; IL awards (students/faculty); the DVD “It Changed the Way I Do Research Period”; credit-bearing IL courses; the augustana human library; IL assessment software WASSAIL.

Nancy Greco

Nancy Greco serves as Instruction Librarian at St. John Fisher College’s Lavery Library, leading the information literacy program using best practices for instruction.  Nancy has recently presented at Indiana University- Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Assessment Institute and other regional and local conferences.  Nancy teaches dozens of IL classes each semester.

Rosemary Green

Rosemary Green, PhD, is Graduate Programs Librarian at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Her areas of research interest include graduate pedagogies, graduate students’ reading experiences, and graduate literature reviewing practices. She has authored several book chapters and articles, including “Information Illiteracy: Examining Our Assumptions,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2010.

Irina Holden

Irina Holden teaches Information Literacy in the Sciences and works as an Information Literacy and Science Outreach Librarian in the Science Library at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research interests include science literacy, reference and instruction in both traditional and virtual environments, sustainability and first year experience courses. Ms. Holden is a native of Ukraine.

Kirsten Kinsley

Kirsten Kinsley is an Assessment Librarian and Library Liaison to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and to the Psychology Department. Educated at Florida State University, she has her Master in Library and Information Science and a Masters and Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling.

Courtney Lundrigan

Courtney Lundrigan is the liaison librarian for International Relations, and Ethics, Society, and Law at the John W. Graham Library at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Courtney is interested in exploring instructional partnerships, both formal and informal, with as many stakeholders as possible.

Kacy Lundstrom

Kacy Lundstrom is Coordinator of Library Instruction at Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University.  Her research interests include assessment of student learning, teaching information synthesis and integrated library instruction.

Don MacMillan

Don MacMillan (BSc. MLS) is the Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library.  He provides program-integrated information literacy instruction and advanced reference and training to students and faculty in those disciplines.

Margy MacMillan

Margy MacMillan has been having way too much fun with IL instruction at Mount Royal University for over 20 years. She also enjoys conducting research on various aspects of teaching and learning, from how journalism students develop information literacy to the barriers students face in reading and using scholarly literature.

Amanda Maynard

Amanda M. Maynard is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She teaches General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Experimental Psychology courses. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of teaching pedagogies designed to help emerging adults develop 21st century skills for lifelong learning.

Lindsay McNiff

Lindsay McNiff is a Learning & Instruction Librarian at Dalhousie University. Her work is split between the Killam Library, where she is liaison librarian for the Schools of Information Management and Social Work, and the Kellogg Health Sciences Library, where she provides liaison support for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene.

Vivian Milczarski

Vivian B. Milczarski is an Assistant Librarian for Collection Development at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  She serves as liaison to Business, Psychology and Political Science programs.  Her research interests are in adolescent literature, developing innovative ways to teach information literacy and organizational behavior.

Michelle Dubaj Price

Committed to personal interaction and library instruction, I empower the St. John Fisher College community to find answers to their questions. I am the liaison to the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing and the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  MLS, SUNY Buffalo; MA Secondary Education, Southeast Missouri State University.

Lindsey Rae

Lindsey Rae is the Technology & Public Services Librarian at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She also serves as Social Media Editor for the open-access, international peer-reviewed journal, In the Library With the Lead Pipe. She earned her MSLS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Meg Raven

Meg Raven practices librarianship at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she coordinates reference and collections services, and where librarians teach credit courses. Her research interests include investigating the role librarians play within the academy, and the divergent research expectations of professors and students. She believes that teaching and scholarship are key components of the academic librarians’ portfolio.

Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose is a Humanities Liaison Librarian at the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University. Kathryn interested in finding innovative ways to engage with students, utilizing emerging technologies to develop effective teaching strategies, and enhancing library services and space. She is especially passionate about discovering new pedagogical tools to assist undergraduate students in history. In her role as Humanities Liaison Librarian for History, Kathryn is involved in reference services, collections, library instruction, liaising with faculty for instructional support, and outreach and engagement activities. She holds degrees from Western University (MLIS), and the University of Waterloo (PhD).

Sarah Shujah

Sarah is currently a science librarian at Centennial College. Sarah has organized a workshop facilitated by authors of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education and has adjudicated an IL Award for an Undergraduate Research Fair. Sarah challenges herself in understanding trends in emerging technologies, information literacy and inclusion.

Jennifer Sigalet

Jennifer is the Vernon Campus Librarian at Okanagan College (OC) and Sunday Reference Librarian at Okanagan Regional Library (ORL). Jennifer is co-chair of the OC Information Literacy Committee, heads up the OC CILRI (Course Integrated Library Research Instruction) project, and is the OC Institute for Learning and Teaching Fellow for Library Services and Institutional Research. Jennifer’s research interests focus not only on integrated IL programming but as well on student transition from school to higher education.

Joanna Szurmak

Joanna is a science librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga where she works with the psychology and physical science departments. An alumna of the University of Toronto with graduate degrees in electrical engineering and information studies, Joanna is interested in narrative frameworks in science instruction.

Jennifer Thiessen

Jennifer Thiessen is a Liaison Librarian at Brock University, with responsibilities for Education, Aboriginal Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also the Accessibility Coordinator for the Library. Jennifer enjoys running, vegetarian cooking and hanging out with her family.

Mindy Thuna

Mindy is a science librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus but currently is on secondment at the St. George campus as the faculty liaison for Undergraduate Medical Education and the coordinator of Resource Sharing. Prior to librarianship, Mindy spent many years in school and worked in public education in a variety of eclectic locations.

Tatiana Usova

Tatiana Usova is the Head Librarian of the Bibliothèque Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta. She got her library degree from Simmons College, Boston. Her professional experience includes work at various types of libraries in three different countries. Her interests lie in areas of e-learning, library advocacy and assessment