Professional History

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.