I am currently employed as a Business Systems Analyst at the Discovery Commons at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine.
I am a graduate of the Faculty of Information Sciences at the University of Toronto, where I obtained my Master’s of Information Studies (MISt); I also have a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in anthropology, with a minor in theatrical design and technology. (It would have been a double major were it not for the vagaries of course rotations.)
At various times in my life, I have been, professionally:
- a bookseller
- a theatre technician
- a web developer
- a grader of standardized examinations
And since those job descriptions are not especially informative, here are some of the things I have done:
- Provided virtual reference services and research help to students and the public via askON (an awesome service that you should absolutely use if you live in Ontario!)
- Helped design and conduct a library program evaluation as a student practicum – research design is fascinating, and I’d love a chance to do it again.
- Matched readers to books on a regular basis at a used bookstore (easily the best part of the job.)
- Built database-driven websites using PHP, HTML, CSS, and MySQL. I also know how to use a variety of content management systems including but not limited to Joomla, DotNetNuke, and of course WordPress!
- Researched and co-written an advocacy document targeted to the dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information to encourage continued support of coursework regarding library services to young people.
- Performed a variety of tasks for Toronto marketing agency motum b2b – from manning the front desk and greeting clients to building web pages to research to seeking new staff members.
- Catalogued books at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre as a volunteer.
- Reviewed picture books, graphic novels, and young adult fiction for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s quarterly Book News publication.