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Student Employees of UTL

Student Employees of UTL is the In the Loop column where you can get to know our dedicated student staff members. If you would like to be featured, or would like to suggest a student employee, please email communications.assistant@utoronto.ca

Today we meet Weronika Waszewski

Weronika in front of display case

  1. How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?

This is my fifth year with UTL. I started in 2013 as an Assistant Computer Access Facility Attendant in the Information Commons department at Robarts Library.

  1. Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?

I started in 2013 as an Assistant Computer Access Facility Attendant in the Information Commons department at Robarts Library. In 2017, while working at Robarts I also worked at D.G. Ivey Library at New College as a library assistant. This past August I joined the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office at Robarts Library as a graduate student library assistant

As an Assistant Computer Access Facility Attendant, I:

  • Assist library patrons with the use of computers, printers, and scanners
  • Provide directions to patrons for building locations and other library services
  • Provide research help

As a GSLA at the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, I:

  • Assist with the Syllabus Service project by making course readings available to students, while respecting Canadian copyright provisions and existing U of T licensing agreements
  • Assist in the creation of copyright resources for U of T patrons.

Why is your role important for students or staff/faculty?

Robarts Library can seem like a maze for many patrons, especially new students. Moreover, many patrons are not aware of the services available to them. I assist patrons as much as possible in any questions they may have, including computer use, printing, using the catalogue, providing directions.

As a GSLA in the SCCO, I assist in making readings available to students, while ensuring that they have been cleared by copyright.

 Current program and prior background: I am currently a second year student at the iSchool, concentrating on Library and Information Science and Information Systems & Design. I completed my undergrad at U of T with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Pets: I have a Chihuahua named Filip. Although he’s a small guy, he has a big and loving personality.

Sound you love: Waves crashing

Favorite movie: The Fault in our Stars

Favorite music: EDM- Avicii being my favourite.

Favorite book: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Travelling!! I try to travel as much as I could!

Today we meet Alex Jung

Alex JungHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I just started!

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Library Communications. I put UTL’s incredible collections right where more people will stumble across them. And I try to help more people at this institution do the same.

Why do you think the Wikipedian in Residence position is important and/or interesting?

Wikipedia is a phenomenal thing. How many spaces in our lives, real or virtual, exist for all of us, grow through all of us, and are also owned by all of us? Accessible, crowd-sourced knowledge for the common good seems ridiculous, yet it’s working beautifully. I’m excited that more and more cultural institutions—the historically trusted gatekeepers of verifiable human knowledge—see this. UTL is among the largest academic/research libraries in the world, and one of the very few taking on this sort of public-facing initiative. I think we’re setting an important precedent.

Wikipedians in residence should also think carefully about the power that their role comes with. If our work is useful because it makes accurate and up-to-date information easy to find, and if we are perceived as trustworthy because we are in residence at historically trusted institutions, then it matters what exactly we make easy to find because it supports some version of a public “truth”. What’s the story we’re telling, and whose story is it?

What benefit do you think your role has for staff, students, faculty, and/or the community at large?

Practice-sharing! Wikipedia is an easy starting point for research on pretty much any topic, and this community is home to so many critical, nuanced perspectives that can contribute depth to such a readily accessible source.

Earlier this year, Guita Lamsechi (who originally pioneered the Wikipedia project in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department that eventually led to the creation of this role) partnered with Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) and other wonderful student groups to host a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon “with a focus on women and individuals belonging to marginalized groups”. I hope to build on their ethos and progress in collaborating with the U of T community on Wikipedia-related projects.

What drew you to this position?: A desire to build things others can build on.

Scholarly/Career goals: Seize the means of production!

Current program and prior background: MA Political Science. Before coming to the program, I worked in user experience design, publishing/journalism, and environmental activism. My undergraduate studies were an interdisciplinary mix of epistemology, ethics, gender studies, and media studies.

Pets: A hedgehog 

Favorite music: Paolo Nutini – New Shoes

Favorite book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: “This is fine” and the one with the “almost politically correct” mullet guy. Those are gold.

Today we meet Hailey Graham

Hailey GrahamHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? 

I've been working for UTL for a little over one year now.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?

Robarts Library, Scholars Portal

  • ACE digitizes books for library users with accessibility needs across Ontario.
  • As a GSLA at ACE I coordinate the request workflow to ensure students can receive the requested material.
  • When a request comes in, I figure out where the book is in the UTL system, retrieve it, assess it, and give it to our digitization partner. I make sure books are processed in a timely manner so that they are back on the shelf at their home library as soon as possible.

Why is your role important for students or staff/faculty?

ACE allows students with accessibility needs to access the same material all other students can through their library systems. By providing this service, ACE ensures that universities and colleges across Ontario meet their AODA requirements. I take pride in making this process as quick and efficient as possible.

Current program and prior background: Master of Information (Archives and Records Management) + Master of Museum Studies

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): The Office

Favorite movie: Step Brothers

Favorite book: Slaughterhouse Five

Favorite snack: Bananas

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Black

Today we meet Parisa Zahiremami

Parisa Zahiremami in her carrel How long have you been with UTL/which library are you based at? I have been here since September 2016. So, this is my third year here. I am based at Robarts Library.

Your job title and what you do: Graduate Student Library Assistant (GSLA) - Reference and Research Services

  • At the Ask Us desk, I help library patrons with their questions about:
    • citation and citation management
    • finding books, articles and government publications
    • navigating the library
  • On the Ask Chat platform, I help them with similar questions

Educational background:

  • Currently: PhD Candidate, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, (research focus: Islamic mysticism (Sufism) and medieval Persian literature)
  • MA: Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto (Focus: Modern Persian literature and history)
  • BA: Department of Persian Language and Literature, Shiraz University, Iran

Favorite music:

  • Classical music, particularly the works of Chopin and Tchaikovsky
  • Traditional Persian music

Favorite book genre:

  • Epic poetry
  • Wisdom literature (particularly political advice texts)

Hobbies:

  • Playing the piano
  • Gardening
  • Crafting

Best advice you've ever received:

Choose any profession or field of study that you are interested in, regardless of what others think about your decision, but whatever you choose, be the best at it. I received this advice from the Principal of my elementary school when I decided to choose humanities as my field of study.

Most passionate about:

Nurturing in its broad sense (nurturing students with knowledge, nurturing myself through personal experience, reflection, and knowledge, nurturing the music pieces I play with my emotions, nurturing plants, nurturing friendships with love and trust)

Favorite thing to do in Toronto:

  • Exploring food from different cultures with friends
  • Going to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Today we meet Mariam Ansari

Mariam standing outside UTSC LibraryHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? About 10 months

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? University of Toronto Scarborough Library

  • I check-out, discharge, sort and shelve library items.
  • I maintain the Course Reserves and Reading Room area.
  • I help students with basic needs like finding particular books or assisting them with the printers and scanners.

Current program and prior background: Socio-Cultural Anthropology, with a double minor in Psychology and Linguistics

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Singing, photography, dance

Someone/something you find inspiring: Michael Jackson

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? With soy milk, please!

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Anything from Spongebob, e.g. the evil Patrick meme. That show is iconic of our time.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: To always be kind to others. You never know what someone is going through.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: There are great places in the city but, there really is no place like home.

Today we meet Emma Soldaat

Emma Soldaat standing by study carrels at the music libraryHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since February 2018

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? The Music Library. I work in circulation, helping patrons access the materials and resources they need within the library. I also work on special projects, which has mostly involved sorting through the library's donated items. 

Scholarly/career goals: I'm applying to PhD programs this fall for a PhD in music theory, and I would love to be a professor one day. I love taking music apart and seeing how it works, and I've recently been looking at literary theory and philosophy and thinking about how these systems of analysis fit in with music. 

Current program and prior background: MA in Music Theory. I've played piano since I was eight years old and French Horn since I was twelve. I did my undergrad at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick on horn, and took courses in theory, musicology, composition and conducting, on top of my performance commitments. I ended up pursuing theory for graduate school, but musicology is still one of my main interests. 

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Star Trek! I also love Riverdale, just because it's so terrible and over-the-top melodramatic. 

Favorite music: In classical music, Gustav Mahler for sure; in pop, Janelle Monae, Hayley Kiyoko, Cherry Glazerr, Rhye... the list goes on! 

Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities is one that I've read over and over again. I also read a lot of Rilke's poetry, and I've recently fallen a little in love with Li-Young Lee. 

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Anywhere with no winter is fine by me! 

Favorite secret place on campus: I don't know if this strictly qualifies as a "secret" place, but philosopher's walk is my go-to quiet green place on campus. It's a fantastic spot to hang out and read a book on a sunny day. 

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: There's a park near my apartment that's basically a forest with hiking trails in the middle of Toronto. I love going on long walks there and listen to music/podcasts or sit out on the grass with a good book. 

Today we meet Roger Reka

Roger Reka in front of windows at GersteinHow long have you been with UTL/which library are you based at? 2 years, at the Gerstein Science Information Centre

Your job title and what you do: Toronto Academic Libraries (TALint) intern - I work in the research and innovation services unit to support health science researchers. I mostly collaborate on systematic and scoping reviews. I also find new research tools and tech and work to promote them. I am working on some side projects related to my interest around digital and web library services.
 
Educational background: BSc (biology); MI (information systems & design)

Gadget you can't live without: Waffle iron

Favorite television show: The Wire

Favorite movie: Tangled (yes, seriously)

Favorite music: Taylor Swift

Hobbies: I enjoy volunteering with youth groups, such as the air cadet program and Let's Talk Science.

Dream vacation: Chile! I would love to travel the longest country in the world and experience all the diverse climates!

Favorite quote: "A life. A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It’s the shit that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come." - Lester Freamon, The Wire or...."Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans" - John Lennon

Most passionate about: Doing my best to support students’ learning, and to promote good research practices.

In July, Roger will be starting as the Science Data Librarian at the Leddy Library, University of Windsor!


 

Today, we meet Cassidy Foxcroft

Cssidy in front of OISE booksHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? A little under two years - I started in September of 2016.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? The OISE Library, in the Ontario Historical Education Collection.

I do a wide variety of things as they come up in the historical collection. Ongoing projects include doing social media posts for the OHEC, researching and putting together monthly displays, and writing blog posts highlighting materials found in the collection. Right now I'm working with some of our archival materials to rehouse, arrange and describe them on Discover Archives!

Current program and prior background: I am currently completing my Master of Information (LIS and ARM). Prior to coming here, I did both an BA and an MA in Linguistics.

Favourite word: There's something very euphonious about words with lots of liquid consonants in them.

Sound you love: The particular silence you get early in the morning just after a snowfall.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: A lot of fibre crafts - knitting is the obvious one, but also spinning, quilting, cross-stitch, needlepoint... I'd like to take up weaving or bobbin lace next!

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? It depends on the type of tea. I don't add anything to green, oolong, white, or pu'erh teas, but I'll probably add milk and honey to black teas. I prefer my coffee in latte form - lots of milk!

Something about you that would surprise people: I actually think it would be pretty fun to go skydiving.

Talent you have / wish you had: I would love to be more musical. The only instrument I ever learned to play was the recorder in elementary school.


 

Today we meet Ciara O'Kelly

Ciara O'Kelly sitting at the AskUs deskHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? 7 months

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Robarts library, Reference & Research Services & University College Library.

I provide research support at the Ask Us desk, answering questions and helping individuals find relevant resources and materials. I also work at the circulation desk at University College Library performing general administrative tasks and assisting patrons with research questions, catalog help and technical issues. I enjoy my work at both libraries and the opportunities they provide me to give back to the community.
 
Current program and prior background: I have a BA in Political Science with an extended minor in French from Simon Fraser University. I am now completing a Master of Information in Library & Information Science and Archives & Records Management at the iSchool.

Sound you love: Rain on rooftops

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Singing, Irish dancing, horseback riding, drawing, reading, knitting, sewing, spinning, calligraphy, piano, flute, walking, learning Irish gaelic when I have time and money!

Something about you that would surprise people: I had a stroke as a baby and the right side of my body is weaker than my left.

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: It will all work out in the end - both best and worst advice

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: If I want to something to happen, I have to take initiative and do it myself.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: The lake shore or High Park


 

Today we meet Jason Cheung

Jason Cheung standing outside of the InforumHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
I’ve been working at UTL since January 2018, so about one and a half months.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?
I work in the Faculty of Information Inforum. I am responsible for circulation of print materials and technology loans. While at the desk, I am assigned projects by my supervisors including management of the Inforum’s social media presence, developing materials like signage for the Inforum, and helping our librarians and technicians with their tasks.

Scholarly/career goals: Knowledge empowerment for non-profit organizations

Current program and prior background: Master of Information: UXD/KMIM; Undergrad at Western University – Media, Information, Technoculture

Favourite word: Clear

Least favourite word: Utilized

Sound you love: Muffling of sound when fresh snow falls on a field

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Impractical Jokers

Favorite music: Bossa Nova

Someone/something you find inspiring: My mom’s work ethic and positivity

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Ho Chi Minh / Saigon, Vietnam, with other digital nomads!!

Best advice you've ever received: Just do it

Today we meet Sarah Vahabi

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? 3 months 

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?
Bora Laskin Law Library, Reference Desk

I provide students and the public with legal research and reference help. This includes helping students navigate the legal databases, WestlawNext Canada and LexisNexis Quicklaw, and with legal citation.
 
Scholarly/Career goals: Systems/Business Analyst

Current program and prior background: Master of Information in Information Systems and Design (in progress); Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Carleton University

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Cooking videos on YouTube! I’m really into the Bon Appetite channel right now.

Favorite music: Fleet Foxes

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? I like my coffee piping hot and with cream.

Talent you have / wish you had: I seriously wish I could sing.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Boston 

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: The ‘this is fine’ dog in the burning house 

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Making mistakes and failing is a part of life. Be okay with it and learn from everything!

Today, we meet Jamila Ghaddar

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since November 2017

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Bora Laskin Law Library. I work with my colleagues at the library to increase the accessibility and relevance of the Indigenous Perspectives Collection, including through outreach initiatives and annotation work.

Current program and prior background: I am a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Information, and hold a Master of Information from that department. I completed an undergraduate degree at McMaster University with a specialization in Anthropology and a minor in Linguistics. Before joining the Faculty of Information, I worked for many years in the social services sector.

Sound you love: ocean waves

Favorite music: anything by Fairuz 

Favorite book: Fanon's Wretched of the Earth

Favorite snack: dates or any kind of berry

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? lots of milk

Talent you have / wish you had: I wish I could sing or play an instrument. I have no musical talents at all!


Today, we meet Shelby Stinnissen

Shelby Stinnissen standing in front of book shelvesHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? This is my second year as a GSLA in the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office (SCCO). In my role, I:

  • process course reading lists and determine compliance for online course reserves
  • create social media content and enact website changes for the department
  • plan and execute special events put on by the department such as conferences and awareness campaigns such as Open Access Week and Fair Dealing Week

I am currently working on a student advocacy project for affordable course materials. 

Scholarly/Career goals: I'm most interested in academic and law librarianship. I'd love to contribute to policy surrounding copyright, research and scholarly communications.

Current program and prior background: Second year Master of Information student at U of T's iSchool and previously attended Queen's University.

Pets: I have a Boston Terrier named Chowder (Instagram @chowder_thebostonterrier)

Favorite movie: Right now my favourite movie is Brooklyn (2015) starring Saoirse Ronan

Favorite music: Right now I'm enjoying the artist 'Neko Case' and the band 'HAIM'

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? I love a medium roast coffee with honey and lots of milk!

Favourite place to de-stress in Toronto: Cherry Beach


 

Today, we meet Serina Shi

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?

Almost one year - since February 2017.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?

I’m based in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department in Robarts Library.

I assist the User Experience Librarian with improving library users' digital experience. I also manage the operation of the UX lab, which offers students and staff a physical space and resources to conduct usability tests.

How did you get interested in User Experience work?

I was always interested in systems operations, information infrastructure and humanity. User Experience is the perfect combination of these three elements I'm interested in. 

Current program and prior background:

  • Current: Faulty of Information, Master of Information Management, specializing in UXD and LIS
  • Past: Business & cognitive science, at U of T

Favorite word:

Experience, because I am an experience designer haha, and there is always so much that goes into one’s experience and the act of experiencing something.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests:

Meditation; hearing about others' life and travel stories; wandering around the city to find delicious food.

Favorite snack:

Mandarin oranges

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage?

Depends on my mood: I drink mocha when I am down. I drink lattes when I am excited. I drink Americanos when I am happy. 

Most valuable thing you’ve learned:

If you want things to change, you have to do something differently!

When facing extreme situations, don’t forget you always have the power to do something different to change the situation.

Favorite secret place on campus:

Having the master key to all U of T buildings to explore all of the quiet and private patios and rooftop spaces.

 


 

Today, we meet Jessica Peng

15 January 2018

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since May 2017.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I’m based at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. As a student library assistant, I mainly provide service to library users at the circulation desk, perform general library duties such as shelving/retrieving and processing materials, and work on special projects such as organizing books to be sent to Downsview storage.

Current program and prior background: Global Health and Health Studies

Pets: Ollen, a red-eared slider turtle that will aggressively swim towards you and will not stop until food magically appears in his tank

Favorite movie: Any and all movies by Studio Ghibli

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Crimson Teas

Favorite music: K-pop singers’ cover of English songs

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Photography

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Tea with honey

 

 

Today, we meet Elyse Hill

18 December 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2017

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work at both the University College Library and the Inforum. At both libraries, I work at the circulation desk and aid students with research, catalogue questions or technical assistance while performing general library administration tasks. I enjoy being able to integrate my studies and past work experience into my current positions.

Current program and prior background: I completed my undergrad in Honours English and worked as a writer and editor for various online publications before coming to the iSchool this past fall. I'm currently in the LIS and Culture & Technology concentrations.

Pets: A cat named Barbara that I do not personally "own" but lives in my general vicinity.

Sound you love: When the Dominos delivery person knocks on my front door.

Favorite book: It's a play, but I really loved reading Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Copenhagen

Worst advice you've ever received: "Just don't worry about it."

Most passionate about: Learning about the function of different oppressive systems in society without becoming completely cynical.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: At the iSchool: To "stay with the trouble." (thank you, Matt Ratto)

In life: "Never, never, never give up." (thank you, Indigo bookmarks/Winston Churchill)

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: On occasion, I'll go on a long walk through the dog park while listening to different ballet scores. It's both cinematic and hilarious.

 

 

Today, we meet Priyanjli Sharma

11 December 2017

Priyanjli Sharma outside Robarts LibraryHow long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
3 months

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?
Robarts Library Communications Office within the Office of the Chief Librarian. 
I spend most of my work hours performing administrative tasks such as updating mailing lists, fulfilling requests from library and university departments for brochures and information packages, and managing the library’s stock of promotional materials. I also help to keep posters and signage around Robarts Library up to date.

Current program:
Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Favourite word:
Apoptosis

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.):
Netflix

Hobbies/extracurricular interests:
Swimming

Favorite snack:
Peanut M&Ms

Talent you have / wish you had:
I wish I could sing!

Dream city to live in (after graduating):
Boston, Massachusetts

Most valuable thing you’ve learned:
Sometimes you can’t change the way things are, but you can change the way you look at things.

 

 

Today, we meet Daisy Dowdall

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
I’ve been working here since January! I started working in the Reference & Research Services Department doing web archiving, but now I am a TALint student.


Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?
I’m at the Office of Student Engagement at Robarts Library. I help develop undergraduate programming related to information literacy and academic engagement. This involves everything from creating materials to help students with their research and citations to designing fun 'unstudy' activities for library study breaks.


Scholarly/Career goals: I’m in my final year at the iSchool, where I study Library and Information Sciences. I hope to be able to work at an academic library once I graduate.

Current program and prior background: Before starting at the iSchool, I received an MA in History here at U of T. I earned my undergraduate degree at Wellesley College, in Boston, and took a research year at Oxford University.

Favorite book: Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth. It’s a memoir of a young woman reaching adulthood in the midst of the First World War, focused especially on her time at Oxford, and then when she went to serve as a nurse on the Continent. The book is beautifully written but very sad.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I quilt and embroider in my spare time – I’m currently working on a blanket for my mother and on an advent calendar for my partner.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): The Great British Bake Off! I always say that I’ll end up making what I see on the show, but unfortunately I don’t quite have the skills!

Pets: I have an orange cat named Pip. He’s a big cuddler, full of energy and I love him more than anything.

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: The Facebook group DogSpotting is amazing.

 

 

 

Today we meet Abdullah Yossofzai

27 November 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
Since October

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do: 
I work in the Reference & Research Services Department at Robarts Library and at the Engineering and Computer Science Library. I provide research assistance to individuals who are looking for help finding relevant sources and materials. I answer difficult research-based questions and provide tips on how to get started with research projects.

Current program and prior background:
Master of Information, Knowledge Management & Information Management and Library & Information Science concentration. Prior Background: BSc, Human Biology and Psychology.

Pets: Hamster

Least favourite word: Lit

Sound you love: Rain

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): American Horror Story

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Gym, sports

Talent you have / wish you had: I can Juggle.

 

 

Today we meet Nooria Alam

14 November 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
I’ve been working at UTL for a little over a year now.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do?
I’m an SLA based at the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office on the 6th floor of Robarts. I was previously an iStaff member with the Reference Department. I retrieve, scan and upload chapters of books and other readings that have been deemed compliant with copyright law and our licensing agreements, to the online course reserves system. I work to make course readings easily accessible for students!
 
Scholarly/Career goals: Lawyer

Current program and prior background: I’m in my 4th year of studying Political Science, with minors in History and Human Geography.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: Twitter!

Sound you love: Waves crashing on the shore of a beach.

Favorite book: salt. by nayyirah waheed

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: DJ’ing, and the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoiera

Most passionate about: Social justice. And food!

Favorite secret place on campus: The new Library at One Spadina Crescent 

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: My kickboxing gym!

 

 

 

Today we meet Yoonhee Lee

6 November 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2017

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I’m at the Reference and Research Services department, and the Course Reserves and Current Periodicals desk at Robarts Library.

For Reference and Research Services, I work at the Ask Us desk, answering questions and helping folks locate and access library resources. At the Course Reserves and Current Periodicals desk, I perform circulation duties, help students navigate course reserve material and provide technology loans.

Scholarly/Career goals: Digital Archivist/Librarian

Current program and prior background: I’m in my first year at the iSchool. Before that, I studied history in my undergrad and did an MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian studies.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: Twitter! For news, conversations, and memes

Favorite music: Carly Rae Jepsen’s EMOTION

Favorite book: Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies

Favorite snack: Salt and vinegar chips

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Black

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: Everyone has imposter syndrome!

Favorite secret place on campus: Rotman’s rooftop patio. It has a great view of Robarts!

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Sunnyside Park

 

 

Today, we meet Lora Stepanian

10 October 2017


How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I started working at Downsview in 2015, and I’ve been working at Robarts since January of 2017.

Which library and/or department are you based at/what do you do? I work in the Reference Department at Robarts. I help people navigate their way around the library, find books, and show them how to use the services the library offers.

Current program and prior background: I’m currently in my undergrad, majoring in neuroscience and doing a double minor in immunology and art history.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: Instragram

Favorite book: Right now it’s One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Favorite snack: Sunflower seeds  

Something about you that would surprise people: I have an unhealthy obsession with the Russian ballet.

Talent you have / wish you had: I really wish I could play the guitar. Or any instrument, actually.

Favorite secret place on campus: The University College quad

 

 

Today, we meet Joanne Lau

2 October 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?
I have been working at U of T Libraries for about a month now since the beginning of September 2017.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do there?
I work at Robarts Library in the Reference & Research Services Department as an iStaff member, as well as an ACAFA (Access Computer Access Facility Assistant) in the Information Commons. As an iStaff member I assist library patrons with directions, finding books in the stacks, and assisting the Ask Us and Information Desk in any way that I can. As an ACAFA, I assist patrons in all printing-related services, such as with the cash to card machines, photocopying and scanning.

Current program and prior background:
I am currently in third year double-majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

Favourite word:
Serendipity


Social media platform/app you can't live without:
Facebook, because it allows me to stay connected with all my friends and family members.

Sound you love:
I really like the sound of cheering (whether it be me cheering on other people or other people cheering on me).

Hobbies/extracurricular interests:
Dragon boating

Favorite snack:
Crackers with Tuna/Cheese/Hummus

Talent you have / wish you had:
I wish I could solve a Rubix Cube or juggle

Dream city to live in (after graduating):
Los Angeles

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received:
“If it was easy everyone would do it.”

Most valuable thing you’ve learned:
Everything happens for a reason.

 

 

Today, we meet Ben Harvey

26 September 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? About 3 years, variously. In the past I've worked at the Department of Art Library, as well as the Innis College Library.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Currently, the Faculty of Information library, known as the Inforum. I jingle a lot of keys and lock and unlock a lot of things. I dispense answers, suggestions, and banter to our patrons. I occupy duties surrounding the circulation of books, as well as loaning out various technology from our impressive collection. I always try to be helpful.

Least favourite word: “Innovation” in its popular parlance as simultaneously the means, end, and panacea for all humanity.

Sound you love: The rustling of leaves in the trees on a windy evening.

Favorite music: I am quite fond of “La Cérémonie des Turcs” by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Someone/something you find inspiring: Brutalist Architecture, and the looming grandeur of Robarts most especially.

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: The Best: “Courage is the most important virtue”

Favorite snack: (metaphorically) Wikipedia!

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: The Medium really is the Message.

 

 

Today, we meet Lindsay Harker

14 September, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I have worked at UTL since September 2016.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I am primarily based in the Office of the Chief Librarian at Robarts, working as a Communications Assistant / GSLA. I also work up to a day a week as a Student Library Assistant at UTL Downsview. In my communications role I assist the Communications Librarians with matters pertaining to the internal and external communications of the library system, including (but not limited to) editing and publishing “In the Loop”, creating content for Instagram and Twitter, distributing posters and publications to various libraries, filling requests from staff for branded materials, and logging feedback from staff and patrons. At Downsview I help process low-use materials for long-term storage, and manipulate the MARC records to make items discoverable in the UTL catalogue.

 

Current program and prior background: I just graduated with my MI from the iSchool, focusing on Library & Information Science, and Archives & Records Management. I also hold an Honours English degree from York, and a Fashion Business Industry diploma from George Brown.

Pets: a golden doodle named Gertie, a boxer-shepherd named Jane, and a cat named Brown who we just call Kitty.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: I have a bad Instagram addiction.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): I just binge-watched GLOW, but I’m currently looking for a new favourite show and open to suggestions.

Favorite movie: “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Harold and Maude” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are some of my all-time favourites, but I just watched Peter’s Greenaway’s “Drowning By Numbers” and it blew me away.

Favorite music: Currently listening to a lot of The War on Drugs, Bob Dylan, the new Kendrick Lamar, and Jennifer Castle

Favorite book: In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje, Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, The Diviners by Margaret Laurence, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I also really love children’s literature, and am currently loving getting to re-read the Anne of Green Gables series with my 7-year-old.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I love dragging my kid around to art galleries, renting a car and driving to the beach/the woods, visiting strange antique malls and thrift stores, and eating good food.

Someone/something you find inspiring: My daughter Madeline and my partner Evan are both really talented artists, and I could sit and watch them draw together for hours.

Favorite snack: sour cream n’ onion chips

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? One milk, one sugar

Talent you have / wish you had: I wish I could play an instrument, ANY instrument.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Toronto is my dream city to live in, but I definitely want to visit as many different cities as I can.

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Really into “wholesome memes”, “meta-memes”, and most memes featuring possums.

 

 

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Today, we meet Marcos Armstrong

July 18, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2015

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? OISE Library, and Image Services at the Department of Art. I provide information literacy instruction; usability testing on UTL websites; provide research support; maintain the Omeka manipulatives database; catalogue and digitize the Department of Art’s image collection.

Scholarly/Career goals: To work in libraries with special collections, and to be involved in user experience and the design of information systems, such as online databases that are used to search and organize information resources.

Current program and prior background: Master of Information, concentrating on information systems and design, University of Toronto (graduated June 2017); Master of Arts, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, Ryerson University. Before attending U of T’s iSchool, I worked in photography and image archives in Toronto and Latin America.

Pet: Lola, a 14-year-old cranky, yet charming, bichon-maltese

Social media platforms/apps you can't live without: Instagram, flickr, Wordpress

Favourite content to stream: history podcasts, Spanish radio, Soundcloud mix sessions

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Collecting 19th and early 20th century photos and postcards, photographing architecture and street scenes, swimming, cooking, reading

Someone and something you find inspiring: my partner, and exploring neighbourhoods and parks in Toronto.

Favorite snack: olives

Something about you that would surprise people: I hosted an electronic music radio show while I was an undergrad.

Talent you wish you had: playing the piano

Favourite internet phenomenon: I am rediscovering gifs – there seems to be one for every thought and feeling.

Most passionate about: discovering and improving how people access, share, and organize information

Favourite place to de-stress in Toronto: my balcony

 

Today, we meet Andrew Wiseman

July 11, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since the 2014-15 school year

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? The Music Library. I work at the circulation desk, checking in and out books, I shelve books, and I process donations.

Scholarly/Career goals: I hope to work as a diplomat for the Canadian government

Current program and prior background: I will be beginning an MPhil of International Relations at the University of Oxford in October 2017, I just completed an HBA in International Relations here at U of T

Favorite movie: Lawrence of Arabia

Favorite book: Any book by Sir Walter Scott

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Most sports, singing, pub quizzes

Favorite snack: Brie and crackers

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Earl Grey Tea

Something about you that would surprise people: I was once mistakenly hired as a watch model at a car show. I did a two day shoot pretending I knew what I was doing. Furthermore, if it wasn’t awkward enough not really knowing what to do, everyone there only spoke in Chinese. The end result was good money and great photos!

Dream city to live in (after graduating): London, UK

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Square Boy on Danforth

 

Today, we meet Catherine Fournier Boulianne

June 13, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I have been working at UTL for three years. I started in September 2014 at the OISE Library and joined the U of T Archives and Records Management Services (UTARMS) in August 2016. 

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I’m currently based at UTARMS, where I arrange and describe private and institutional records. I also provide reference and research assistance to faculty, students and researchers wishing to access our archival holdings.

Current program and prior background: I will be graduating this week (!) with a Master of Information from the U of T’s iSchool. I have an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences with majors in Anthropology and French Literature from the University of Ottawa.  

Favourite word: Beguile/Beguiling. I have such a hard time pronouncing this word, but I love to use it because it sounds so posh to me!

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Any and every Scandinavian or Nordic Noir crime drama movie or TV show!

Favorite movie: All James Bond movies with Daniel Craig, the Jason Bourne film series and the Mission: Impossible film series… I’ve watched them tens and tens of times!

Favorite book: That’s a hard one… but I would have to say Les Faux-Monnayeurs by André Gide and all of Jean-Paul Sartre’s fiction works. I’m a HUGE fan of 20th century French literature… and of Scandinavian/Nordic literature!

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I read. I’m an obsessive-compulsive reader!

Something about you that would surprise people: I know the lyrics to hundreds of songs by heart, including some very little known ones! 

Talent you have / wish you had: I wish I could play the piano like my idols Elton John and Billy Joel… I know, it’s no small dream!

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Without any hesitation: London (England). I would also be very happy living in Miami.

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: The “Charlie Bit Me” video! It’s 10 years old, but it still makes me laugh everytime!

 

Today, we meet Danielle Van Wagner

May 16, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2015

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. I conduct archival arrangement, description and processing of manuscript collections. These collections vary from contemporary institutional records and personal collections of current Canadian writers, to historical collections (1850-1965) of correspondence, journals and diaries, photographs, and art work. I also work on the reference desk, assisting patrons with registering and answering any questions they may have.

Current program and prior background: I have just completed my Master of Information in archives and records management. Before taking this program, I completed an MA in Arts and Visual Culture and worked as a historical researcher and professional genealogist.

Scholarly/Career goals: I would really like to work as an archivist in a large intuition. I would prefer to work with historical collections in a special collections environment or in an art-based archive like a museum or art gallery.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: I love Instagram!

Favorite secret place on campus: I love the Innis Café! Great food, good prices and wonderful people. I am always surprised to hear how many people don’t know about it!

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I like to be active. In the summer I play softball on several teams and in the winter I do indoor rock climbing.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Do as much experiential learning as possible – get out there and get hands-on experience!

 

Today, we meet Chelsea Misquith

April 11, 2017

How long have you been with UTL/which library are you based at? Gerstein Science Information Centre, since September 2015

Your job title and what you do: Graduate Student Library Assistant. I provide reference assistance, i.e. assist students and faculty in conducting literature searches specific to the health sciences. I also deliver weekly 3D Printing Safety Training sessions along with Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison and Instruction Librarian, and Mike Spears, MADLab Manager.

Gadget you can't live without: My phone

Sound you love: Waves rolling on the beach

Favorite television show: Right now - Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)

Favorite music: Honestly, anything Rihanna creates

Favorite meal: Popeyes’ Chicken Tenders combo with fries and a biscuit #sorrynotsorry

Dream vacation: Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Favorite thing to do in Toronto: Walking around the city late at night. Toronto is a lot quieter at night, and also extremely gorgeous.

 

Today, we meet Peter Ferrell

March 14, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? This is my second year at UTL.

Which library and/or department are you based at, and what do you do? I am a Student Assistant at the Inforum. I work at the Information Desk, handling circulation, catalogue and administrative issues, providing basic technical support, and responding to basic research and reference queries. I also do my best to say hello to each and every person that comes into the Inforum.

Scholarly/Career goals: Serving the public! Librarians, in my view, are no longer the gatekeepers of information, but of information about information. Nothing gives me more joy than when I can make a difference in someone’s life, whether that is answering an in-depth research question or running a programme for their kids.

Current program and prior background: I have nearly a decade of experience in public libraries, in a variety of positions. I’ve done everything from circulation work, to programming, to IA and UXD, to reference, to supervisory stuff.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Top Gear (old lineup) and The Grand Tour! Yes, the presenters are flawed, but their chemistry is undeniable and there are no better salespeople for friendship, travel and diversity than Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I am very into hockey and write for a hockey website (http://thehockeywriters.com/) in my spare time. I sometimes forget a belt in the morning, but I can tell you every Stanley Cup winner from 1956 onwards. Brains are funny things.

Someone/something you find inspiring: “He who stops being better stops being good.” (Oliver Cromwell); “You’ve gotta believe, you’ve GOTTA believe you’re the best out there.” (Phil Esposito)

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Tim Hortons, medium half-coffee/half-hot chocolate, preferably served in a winning Roll-Up cup. Enough caffeine to get you through the day, but not so much coffee that you acquire death breath. The chocolate helps me immensely; I have the palate of a seven year-old.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Seeking advice is like doing research: you can find people who will tell you just about anything, positive or negative, leaving you more confused than when you started. Use your judgment and blaze your own trail.

 

Today, we meet Teodora Naydenova

February 28, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I have been working at UTL since September 2015.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I am based in Information Technology Services at Robarts Library. I hold two positions here, as an Institutional Repositories GSLA and as a Digital Projects Assistant. As an Institutional Repositories GSLA I help grant-funded faculty meet their funder’s open access requirements by reviewing publishers’ self-archiving policies and populating TSpace, U of T’s institutional repository, with publications. As a Digital Projects Assistant I assist with a number of the department’s initiatives. Currently I am developing a testing plan for Discover Archives, which will be employed following the portal’s upgrade.

Scholarly/Career goals: I am very interested in content management, scholarly communications, institutional repositories, and would be very happy if my future career is in some way related to these spheres of librarianship.

Current program and prior background: Currently completing my second (and final!) year at the iSchool, specializing in the LIS and KMIM concentrations. Previously I completed an Honours B.A. at U of T, with a major in Sociology and minors in English and History.

Pets: No pets currently, but I would love to have an Icelandic sheepdog as my furry companion

Favourite word: Kalinka (ladybug in Russian).

Favorite book: Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, a very touching read

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? A hot cup of coffee is the best part of the morning. Just two sugars!

Best advice you've ever received: “Enjoy it!” I always tell myself that when I am about to step outside my comfort zone.

 

Today, we meet Rotem Diamant

January 31, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I have been working in my current positions since September 2016. I began by volunteering at the Innis College film library in the spring last year.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work at the Media Commons as well as the Shore + Moffat Library. At the Shore + Moffat Library I perform basic reference and circulation tasks, and answer questions related to the library’s architecture, landscape architecture and urban design collection, as well as occasionally helping students with research. At the Media Commons I help with circulation, answer questions about the collection, set up rooms for screenings, and assist with microfilm and microfiche. I also receive many film recommendations--I give them as well-- and take way too many films home.

Scholarly/Career goals: I would like to work as a public or academic librarian. I would also like to incorporate art programming into my future career and research, be it in the library, through publication or volunteer work.

Current program and prior background: This is my second year in the Library and Information Science concentration at the iSchool. I completed my English honours degree at the University of Winnipeg. I’m particularly interested in graphic novels, literature and children’s literature.

Favorite movie: Whenever someone asks me this, I can never choose just one - but lately Brazil by Terry Gilliam, Days of Heaven, and Margaret’s Museum.

Favorite music: Tom Waits, my grandparents’ old Klezmer records, Bessie Smith

Favorite book: This is difficult at well. Recently, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Moomin comics by Tove Jansson, The Liszts by Kyo Maclear and Julia Sarda, and The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington. I want to go on!

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: This advice was passed down to me from my Great Uncle Willy, when I was a kid; he lives in LA and I haven’t seen him in over a decade. He’s in his 90s now, but eternally young at heart: When someone treats you poorly, just tell them, “I’m sorry, I owe you an apology. You mistook my kindness for stupidity, and I, on the other hand, overestimated your intelligence. We were wrong on both accounts.” I have never actually said this out loud to someone, but occasionally it runs through my mind and I think of him and instantly feel a bit better. I’m not sure if this is the best advice I’ve ever received, but I’ve had it memorized for a very long time.

 

Today, we meet Alison Jefferson

January 3, 2017

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I started at UTL Downsview in September of 2015 and started with Access and Information Services at Robarts this past September.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I process materials at Downsview and verify records so books can be found if requested by students. At Robarts I work at the Loans and Registration desk and check out books to students and help them find materials they have requested.

Scholarly/Career goals: Work in the archives for the Chicago Cubs

Current program and prior background: I'm in my 2nd year in the MI program focusing in Archives and Records Management, and I have a Bachelors in Music History and Literature from the University of Florida

Pets: I claim one of our three cats as my own, a runty little six pound four year old kitten named Beatle

Sound you love: Rain/thunderstorms

Favorite movie: Meet Me In St. Louis

Favorite music: Symphony No. 11 Op. 103 Mvt. IV The Tocsin by Dmitri Shostakovich (and Paul Simon)

Favorite book: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Someone/something you find inspiring: Stan Kenton - his vision for music and the culture that he created around his big band was one that encouraged creativity and exploration of sound and concepts of artistry.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Milk and sugar (and not full...I spill frequently)

Something about you that would surprise people: Before I moved to Toronto and went back to school I taught music for three years as an itinerant teacher to about 500 or so students (K-grade 12 age range) in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Chicago, Illinois

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: Best advice came from my grandfather, a World War II veteran who said, and I'm paraphrasing, "you must first look beneath your feet and conquer the ground on which you stand, then take a step forward and conquer the next patch of earth. Eventually you'll get to where you're supposed to be, just may take a while to get there."

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Never underestimate what a first grader can teach you.

Favorite secret place on campus: It's not really a secret but probably the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. It's always peaceful to be among the books that have, for some reason or another, been saved.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Walking down by Lake Ontario especially in the winter when it's cold and quiet

 

Today, we meet Elizabeth Carroll

December 13, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? September 2015 I started at Downsview. I've been at the Media Archive since September 2016.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Media Commons, though I lurk around in the cold vault. I aid the assistant archivists in their daily tasks. Right now I'm working on the physical description of a recent acquisition. Lots of 16mm. 

Current program and prior background: I am a Master of Information student, working towards a double concentration in Archives and Records Management (ARM) and Knowledge Management and Information Management (KMIM). I have an Honours Bachelor degree in English Lit with a Minor in French as a Second Language from Bishop's University.  

Pets: My fluffy mini rex rabbit Oatmeal. She's adorable.  

Favorite music: Joanna Newsom

Favorite book: Far from the Madding Crowd 

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Motorcycles, Harajuku fashion and Bunnies

Favorite snack: Oreos

Talent you have / wish you had: I wish I could dance

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Bork!

 

Today, we meet Heather Adams

December 6, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since July 2016!

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? The Map and Data Library. I answer reference questions for people who come in to the library, usually about finding data, help using GIS, or where the nearest water fountain can be found. I also work on projects given to me by the Map Librarian, like putting air photos up in the catalogue.

Current program and prior background: I am currently in the Master of Information program at the iSchool and I have a Bachelor of Arts in history from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Pets: I have a dog named Luke, a cat named Thorin and fish named Tic, Tac, Toe, and the Other One. Sadly, they are all in Nova Scotia and out of reach of my ability to cuddle them.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I love writing, photography and eating food that is bad for me.

Someone/something you find inspiring: My late aunt, Josée Grenier-Adams, and my late grandfather, Ron Adams.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? It has caffeine in it? OK, then we’re good. I’ll take five.

Something about you that would surprise people: I can actually be pretty shy, and it takes a lot for me to talk to new people, even though I really like getting to know them.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Probably how to make chocolate chip cookies without looking at the recipe.

 

Today, we meet Pauline Szczesniak

November 29, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Just over a year

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work in the stacks at Robarts. I shelve books, retrieve books and assist people in finding books.  

Current program and prior background: Master of Information, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from OCAD

Pets: A black cat with an adorable white moustache

Social media platform/app you can't live without: Pinterest

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I recently took up cross-stitch and am looking to start knitting. I also love boardgames.

Favorite snack: Clementines

Talent you have / wish you had: I’ve gotten pretty good at Photoshopping images.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Toronto

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Cats. Anything to do with cats.

 

Today, we meet Aaron Gideon

November 22, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September of 2016.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? At the Music Library at the University of Toronto. I operate the circulation desk, assist with transferring materials to the Downsview Storage Facility, and shelve books and music scores.

Current program and prior background: I'm currently studying Archives & Records Management in the Faculty of Information, with a background in Political Science and Religious Studies.

Sound you love: A good ol' thunderstorm

Favorite music: Bo Diddley and Kraftwerk

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Making music with old, cheap machines and instruments.

Favorite snack: Jamaican patties

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? I like my coffee with two creams and a donut.

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: How to solder because I've saved a lot of money by repairing electronics myself.

 

Today, we meet Carly Bedford

November 8, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I have been working at U of T Libraries since the beginning of my Master’s degree, in September of 2015.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work at the Map & Data Library in Robarts, as well as University College Library. In both libraries, I work as an SLA (Student Library Assistant). At Map & Data, I refile and retrieve maps, and finish the cataloguing process by physically preparing them for use. I am also working with metadata and uploading new content onto their website. At University College, I work at the service desk and assist patrons with any questions that they may have, and of course make sure that no one is eating messy food in the library! I also worked at the Dentistry Library last year for one semester, which was really neat but also gross because I don’t like going to the dentist and the books had so many pictures of mouths that I can never un-see.

Scholarly/Career goals: To be a part of a library system where I can work with people and be directly engaged with the community. I also work at the Hamilton Public Library as an Information Clerk, and I love how challenging it is to work with so many different people and to not know what the day will bring you. I also found this job to be more emotional than I thought, I see such good things happening, and I want to continue this work and make the library a meaningful place for everyone.

Current program and prior background: I am currently in my second year Master of Information at the iSchool, with concentrations in Library and Information Science, and Knowledge and Information Management. I completed my undergrad at U of T as well, with a major in History and minors in Fine Arts and French Language.

Pets: A westiepoo named Otis. He has more sweaters than I do.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: To be honest, Google Calendar. If it’s not in there, it never happened.

Sound you love: Shoes hitting asphalt

Favorite book: The Little Prince

Something about you that would surprise people: I am obsessed with birds. I wish I was a Disney Princess so they would come sit on me and fly around me as I sing while walking through a forest. I think they are so adorable with their poofiness and their little personalities!

Talent you have / wish you had: I’m a tap dancer! I’ve been doing it since I was 5 years old and I was even on the Canadian National Tap Team in 2012! You can probably catch my feet moving under my desk at any given time.

Best advice you've ever received: Fake it till you make it!

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Listen more than you speak. Each and every person you meet can teach you something valuable about life, even if you haven’t realized it yet.

Favorite secret place on campus: Emmanuel College Library

 

Today, we meet Ena Chuquisana Mora

October 18, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2012.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I am currently working for the Department of Access and Information Services - Stacks. Part of my job consists of providing customer service to patrons, as well as staff members, by helping them to access library materials. In addition, I am involved in special projects which include: transferring material to Downsview, flipping records on Sirsi, updating content in the catalogue, verifying new book records before sending them to the stacks, and shifting materials on different floors.

Scholarly/Career goals: To explore all different Library fields and work in a community library outreach program, so I can share my passion for information and services.

Current program and prior background: I am currently in my second year of the Master of Information program at the iSchool with a concentration in Library Sciences (LIS). I also have an MA from U of T in Spanish Linguistics and Italian Literature.

Pets: Last year I adopted the cutest cat from the Toronto Humane Society, her name is Amelia and all my friends enjoy cat-sitting her.

Social media platform/app you can't live without: I love photography, so Instagram is heaven for me. I get to post all my photos on this platform and get some good feedback from my followers.

Favorite movie: Godfather I and II. Leave the book, take the cannoli!!! Wait, it should be the other way around, but I am too hungry.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): I would love to move to Berlin, Germany. I have been there twice and I will probably go back in the future. There is so much art, in particular graffiti. I enjoy the pace of the city and the people.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: My favourite place to relax is around Cherry Beach. I have a hidden spot by The Hearn (decommissioned power plant) which I seek every time I want to disconnect from the busy pace of this city.

 

Today, we meet Katie Wilson

October 4, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? This is my third year working at the library.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work at the Inforum (the Faculty of Information Library). In addition to providing day-to-day reference desk services (checking out books and technology, booking rooms, shelving, etc) I help with workshops, speaker series, special lecture support, outreach and promotion. I also am currently involved with the Digital Tattoo Project, and initiative out of UBC that seeks to inform students on ways to protect themselves online. Research, writing and design for this project has become part of my work at the Inforum. 

Scholarly/career goals: To be America's Next Top Model. Or graduate at the end of this year and find a position working in an archive. Either or, really.  

Current program and prior background: Currently enrolled in the CRO (Masters of Information and Masters of Museum Studies) at the the Faculty of Information. I also hold a BA from McGill University and MA in History from Queens.  

Pets: Two Golden Retrievers, Mic Jagger and Iggy Pop. 

Sound you love: My own voice.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): National Knitting Evening.

Favorite movie: A League of Their Own. 

Favorite music: Hey Rosetta and Arcade Fire are my favourite bands, so is my favourite music Canadian Indie?

Favorite book: Aside from Harry Potter? Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Reading Game of Thrones Theories on the internet and telling everyone else why their theories are wrong. That and rock climbing.  

Someone/something you find inspiring: RuPaul 

Favorite snack: Miss Vickie's Sweet Chili and Sour Cream chips.  

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? I would like my coffee through an IV please.

Something about you that would surprise people: I don't do stand-up comedy. 

Talent you have / wish you had: I wish I could be talented enough for Ellen Page to notice me and make me part of her entourage, but not so talented that I would have to go on late night talk shows all the time. 

Dream city to live in (after graduating): San Fransisco.  

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: Don't be sorry, be fierce.

Most passionate about: How archives, museums and other keepers of knowledge have the power to affect real social change. And dipping sauce.   

Most valuable thing you’ve learned: Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

 

Today, we meet Danielle Chiang

September 27, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2012.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I’m currently working in the Resource Sharing Department at Robarts Library. My official title is Senior Resource Sharing Associate, but that basically means I respond to all manner of intercampus delivery (ICD) requests from UTM library patrons. This can include anything from: retrieving, scanning and processing Robarts material to be shipped, to hunting down articles in microfiche, to answering UTM patron and staff inquiries. I also staff the interlibrary loan (ILL) desk and other ILL positions on occasion.

Current program and prior background: I’m currently in my final year of the Master of Information program here at U of T with a focus on Library and Information Science (LIS). I also recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from U of T with majors in sociology and psychology.

Pets: I have one black cat named Max…although, he only responds to Kittle.

Sound you love: The sound of the cap the moment you crack open a bottle of Snapple. Ahh…

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Broadchurch, The Hour (the British period show), The Bletchley Circle...I’m a sucker for British content.

Favorite book: After Dark by Haruki Murakami or Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Painting, drawing, yoga, and any arts and crafts.

Favorite snack: Korean walnut cakes!

Something about you that would surprise people: I worked at my parents’ convenience store since I was 7, which now means I know more than I probably should about cigarette brands and their packaging.

Favorite secret place on campus: Lester B. Pearson Garden for Peace and International Understanding at the lower end of Burwash Hall.

 

Today, we meet Mia Clarkson

September 20, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I’ve been lucky to work for a few different libraries and departments at U of T, but most recently I worked for the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office (SCCO), and the Communications Office in Library Administration. At SCCO I worked on an Open Access/self-archiving initiative with the Faculty of Social Work and our institutional repository, TSpace. In Communications I did all sorts of fun outreach and patron relations projects, including generating content for Instagram and putting together In the Loop every week! So I took pictures of and solicited answers from many of the other lovely people in this column.

Scholarly/Career goals: Working in an academic library, in any position that allows me to foster and strengthen the relationship between the library and the community it serves. But in the very end, I hope to haunt the stacks of a library like in the original Ghost Busters movie.

Current program and prior background: I just graduated from the iSchool with an MI in Library and Information Science. I also have an MA from U of T in English Literature/the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program.

Favourite word: Serendipitous

Social media platform/app you can't live without: Instagram, of course.

Favorite book: The Master and Margarita OR A Farewell to Arms - it’s a difficult tie.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Either, with milk and sugar, and a good book on the side. 

Talent you have: I’m a pretty good baker and I really enjoy it. I don’t want to brag, but my cookies have prompted more than one marriage proposal. 

Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Do emojis count? Because it turns out the coffin emoji is all I have ever wanted. I use it every day. 

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: On my bicycle at Toronto Island or the Beaches.    

 

Today, we meet Elisabeth Saunders

September 13, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I started working for UTL in October 2015.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? As of this summer I have two library jobs. I work at Scholars Portal, based in Robarts, and Downsview. At Scholars Portal I work for both ebooks and the ACE Project; with Ebooks I fix the Metadata, conduct QA, and send and check new collections and updates to our various platforms. Through the ACE Project, I help to collect and digitize books so they are accessible. At Downsview I work to process and ready books for storage.

Current program and prior background: I am currently doing my masters of information with a concentration in Library and Information Science. I completed my undergraduate in Medieval Studies and Religion & Culture.

Pets: I have a pet Bunny named Tiggy. She'll be one in August.

Favorite movie: Either Holiday Inn or Paris When It Sizzles

Favorite book: Too many! But I've always loved Anne of Green Gables

Favorite snack: Chocolate and Apples, though not necessarily together

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Halifax

Favorite secret place on campus: Emmanuel Library second floor, there is a great little ledge!

 

Today, we meet Bridgette Kelly

August 30, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE Library). As a TALint student, I’ve been a bit of a “jack-of-all-trades” and have had a chance to work on a variety of communications-related projects. A lot of what I do involves creating new ways to optimize communication within and across departments at the library. I analyze our reference desk and Personal Librarian Program data; I've developed outreach initiatives to engage the library with new and existing users; and, more recently, I’ve worked on digitizing and preserving audio records that comprise the OISE Pop-Fem Oral History special collection in T-Space. Though, above all else, I enjoy continuing to learn about the varied information needs of the OISE community with every reference desk conversation.

Current program and prior background: I just finished my MI degree in June with a dual concentration in Library & Information Science and Archives & Records Management. I also have a Master’s degree in Urban Historical Geography from the University of Toronto.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): British crime investigation shows that take place in the 1960s e.g. Inspector George Gently and the Inspector Morse prequel — Endeavour.

Favorite movie: So many. The Best Years of Our Lives, Save the Tiger, The Taking of Pelham 3-2-1 (not the remake), Country, The Lives of Others, Lonestar, Night on Earth, and Kolya are my top favourites.

Favorite music: I appreciate music from all genres. Love the Talking Heads and a lot of their musical siblings and cousins. More recently, I’ve started listening to Washed Out (a band headed up by a fellow librarian) and Com Truise.

Favorite book: Again, I can’t pick one. 1Q84, The Right Stuff, The Condition of Postmodernity and The Twenty-Seventh City.

Someone/something you find inspiring: Madeleine Albright’s recent speech at the DNC. Listening to her speak about her experience as a refugee from Czechoslovakia after World War Two and how it continues to drive her passion for public service was one of the most inspiring speeches that I’ve heard in a long time.

Favorite snack: Cool Ranch Doritos.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Coffee with a bit of almond milk. If I’m at a donut shop though, I’ll take my coffee regular.

Best (or worst) advice you've ever received: Best advice is from my mom: Listen twice as much as you speak. I’m still working on this one.

Most passionate about: Fostering critical thinking. Helping undergraduate students, in particular, to block out the noise and feel confident in their ability to develop research strategies and refine their research questions in doing so.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: It’s a tie between Kew Beach, the Scarborough Bluffs and G. Ross Lord Park in the West Don Parklands.

 

Today, we meet Nora Frauley-Elson

August 23, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2015.

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work at the OISE Library in the circulation, technical services and reference departments. I process incoming books, tweet for the library and work on a number of ongoing projects related to cataloguing and social media in the technical services department. At the reference desk I help our students to connect to the wide variety of resources that the library can offer them for their research, with an eye to their specific needs as education students.

Scholarly/Career goals: I’d like an engaging career where I could help shape the intellectual climate of my library in a positive way. To this end I would like to become part of the furniture at an academic library someday.

Current program and prior background: I am going into the second year of my MI with a focus on Library and Information Science and Archives. I previously studied History and Sociology at McGill and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and my Cegep concentration was Social Science.

Favorite book: "The Name of the Rose," by Umberto Eco or "The Friends of Meager Fortune" by David Adams Richards (I can't decide).

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: knitting and crochet!

Favorite snack: Goldfish Crackers or something of the like.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? I like my coffee with half a sugar and a very small splash of milk.

Something about you that would surprise people: I worked at a brew pub on the East Coast for a while, and know more about beer and brewing than you would think.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Toronto or Halifax.

 

Today, we meet Aneta Kwak

August 8, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Scholars Portal on the 7th floor of Robarts Library (1.5 years) and OISE Library (1 year). I work on the Scholars Portal eBooks team, performing quality assurance for the eBooks to ensure each eBook has the correct metadata and PDF. I also work on the Accessible Content E-Portal, where I collect materials to be digitized and converted into accessible formats. At OISE Library, I work on the Reference Desk where I help the OISE community connect to resources to meet their research needs. I also create theme-based book displays and blog posts to draw attention to segments of the OISE collection.

Scholarly/Career goals: To work in an academic library, where I can use new technologies to find ways to connect students to the resources that will help them succeed in their research and studies.

Current program and prior background: Recently completed my Master of Information (2016) in Library Science and Knowledge Management and Information Management

Pets: I have one dog (Chihuahua) named Rambo

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): I love the shows North and South, Breaking Bad, and Downton Abbey. I also like to watch the standup comedy specials, my favorites are the Louis CK, Bill Burr and Iliza Shlesinger specials.

Favorite movie: The Mummy, favorite quote -

"Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.

Rick: And what is that?

Evelyn: I... am a librarian."

Favorite music: My favorite genres change frequently, right now I'm into indie folk, country, and tropical house.

Favorite snack: Anything with chocolate.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage?: I take my coffee with milk and sugar and my tea with just sugar. I love flavored coffee, especially hazelnut.

Something about you that would surprise people: I am an avid angler and go fishing almost every weekend.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Toronto, I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Favorite secret place on campus: Knox College's Caven Library

 

Today, we meet Samantha Elmsley

August 2, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? 9 months (started September 2015)

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? I work as a GSLA at Robarts Reference and an SLA at the Dentistry Library. At Robarts, I work on the reference desk, answering a huge variety of research questions from students, faculty and members of the public, in person, over the phone and through email and chat. At Dentistry, I provide circulation services and answer basic reference questions. This year, my special projects have revolved around our extensive collection of dentistry-related rare books-- making sure they're available digitally, moving the physical collection to Downsview, and setting up a virtual display to draw attention to the collection.

Current program and prior background: I'm currently in the LIS stream. I did my undergrad at King's and Dalhousie in English and Early Modern Philosophy. I also have a Master's in English from Trent University.

Pets: My imaginary Goldendoodle, Jeeves. She wears a bow-tie.

Favourite word: Murky.  

Favourite content to stream (on Netflix, Youtube, Somi, etc.): Gilmore Girls. Endlessly.

Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I love swimming, camping, and canoeing, interspersed with reading and listening to podcasts. Also eating delicious vegetarian food.

Favourite snack: Popcorn, with rivers of butter.

Favourite place to de-stress in Toronto: The central YMCA on Grosvenor Street. Yoga classes, a great pool, rooftop garden-- if you leave here stressed, just know that it's your own fault.

 

Today, we meet Stephanie Duncan

June 28, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014.
 
Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? Currently at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library and the UTM Finance Learning Centre. I also spent summer 2015 working at the Kelly Library. At the UTM Library, I work at the reference desk and help students, faculty, and community members with their research. At the Finance Learning Centre, I work on a variety of projects including LibGuide creation and reference statistics analysis.
 
Scholarly/Career goals: Being a librarian who effectively engages, excites, and educates user communities about the possibilities of the library/information world.
 
Current program and prior background: Recent graduate of the MI program; MA in French Literature from U of T; BA in French Studies and English from the University of Guelph (with a year abroad at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis).
 
Pets: A blond terrier cross named Winston.
 
Sound you love: The paper-crumpling noise when you empty your computer Recycle Bin.
 
Favorite movie: A three-way tie between The Darjeeling Limited, Barney's Version, and Home Alone.
 
Hobbies/extracurricular interests: I love doing yoga and meditating!
 
Favorite snack: Popcorn, with extra butter of course :)
 
Dream city to live in (after graduating): Most any city on the California coast.
 
Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: The Great Llama Escape of 2015.

 

Today, we meet Julia King

June 7, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? 2 years at St. Michael's, 1 year at Fisher

Which library and/or department are you based at and what do you do? At the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, I do a bit of everything! On any given day, I will catalogue rare books, staff the reference desk or the reading room, help with teaching a class, and work with the Internet Archive on digitizing books. 

Scholarly/Career goals: Queen of the World/Director of a Rare Book Library 
 
Current program and prior background: Recent graduate of the MI, MA in Medieval Studies from UCL and BA (Hons) in History from McGill
 
Least favourite word: Millennial
 
Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Currently super into Jane the Virgin. Rogelio is my Brogelio.
 
Hobbies/extracurricular interests: Choral singing--best stress relief in the world, you just sink into being part of a larger whole.
 
How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Strong, and with great frequency.
 
Something about you that would surprise people: I was born and raised in Hawaii.
 
Dream city to live in (after graduating): Oxford
 
Favorite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Two Monks Invent from The Toast. 
 
Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Trinity Bellwoods Park
 
 

Today, we meet Carolyn Pecoskie

May 31, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014
 
Which library and/or department are you based at, and what do you do? Dentistry Library, in U of T's Faculty of Dentistry. I'm a TALint (Toronto Academic Libraries Internship) intern. I've been liaising with dentistry faculty to learn more about their research data management practices and needs, to inform the development of library resources and services. I also work on the reference/circulation desk, do Ask a Librarian shifts, tweet on behalf of the library, conduct assessment projects, and more. 
 
Scholarly/Career goals: To be a user-focused librarian who uses technology in innovative ways to enable people to access information.
 
Current program and prior background: I’ve just completed my Master of Information degree at the iSchool. I previously completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science, minor in Math, from McMaster University.
 
Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Lately I've been watching Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtVeep and Parks and Recreation
 
Favorite movie: I have so many! My favourite movies last year were The Dressmaker,Trainwreck and Far from the Madding Crowd
 
Favorite music: I have a lot of favourites, but lately I've been listening to a lot of Arkells, Tegan & Sara, Robyn and Lights
 
Favorite book: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
 
Favorite snack: Popcorn
 
How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Coffee with milk or cream and tea with milk and sugar
 
Talent you have: I can herd cattle
 
Dream city to live in (after graduating): Edinburgh
 
Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: At the movies
 

Today, we meet Jillian Harkness

May 17, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since Sept 2014
 
Which library and/or department are you based at, and what do you do? I work at the OISE Library and at Robarts Reference and Research Services. In the past I have also worked at the UC Library and at Kelly Library. At the OISE library, my main role is helping with collection management, digitization, and outreach for the Ontario Historical Education Collections. At Robarts Reference, I help students, faculty, and researchers with their research and with accessing UTL resources. 
 
Scholarly/Career goals: Working at the intersection of special collections and human rights.
 
Pets: One day I will have a dog! Maybe a duck toller or a kind-hearted mutt. 
 
Favorite music: Right now I love Jennifer Castle and Joanna Newsom. 
 
Someone/something you find inspiring: Astra Taylor 
 
Talent you wish you had: Singing
 
Most valuable thing you’ve learned: One thing at a time and don't forget the big picture. 
 
Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Toronto Island. 

Today, we meet Sheila Laroque

May 10, 2016

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? I've been working with UTL since September 2014.
 
Which library and/or department are you based at, and what do you do? I'm part of Reference and Research Services at Robarts, as a TALint GSLA. Half of my time is spent doing reference work, either on the desk or on Ask a Librarian. The other part of my job is spent mainly with government information projects. I've done everything from web archiving, updating libguides, cataloguing gov docs, quality assurance on digitization, and a few user experience projects as well.
 
Scholarly/Career goals: To work with Indigenous communities and collections, while co-creating community spaces in the library.
 
Pets: One fluffy orange cat named Smuzka.
 
Sound you love: The sound of my beaded earrings dangling against my helmet while biking.
 
Hobies/extracurricular interests: Sewing, beading, painting, gardening, biking.
 
Someone/something you find inspiring: Bartolo Colon's first career home run, hit at the age of 42. 
 
Favourite internet phenomenon/saying/meme: Cat-bearding, which is still a goal Smuzka and I are working towards.
 
Best advice you've ever received: Don't be afraid to look stupid. Given to me before I started as a Children's Library Assistant at Saskatoon Public Library.
 
Most passionate about: Building an inclusive library space and fully engaging with all communities on campus and across Toronto.
 

Today, we meet Brandon Fratarcangeli

March 11, 2016

Photo of Brandon Fratarcangeli at work station

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries? Since September 2014.

Which library and/or department are you based at, and what do you do? Faculty and Student Engagement, Chief Librarian’s Office. A variety of tasks related to student and faculty outreach and information literacy programming. I collect, visualize, and analyze stats related to information literacy (workshops, class visits, etc.). I’m currently working on a project that brings together resources for teaching librarians—resources that are currently spread across several online spaces.

Scholarly/Career goals: I’m currently a Master of Information student in the Library and Information Science stream, and I’m finishing up the program this term! I’ve started my job search for a librarian position—definitely an exciting time!

Pets: I wish that I had a pug.  

Sound you love:  Rain falling on water.

Favorite content to stream (on Netflix, YouTube, Shomi, etc.): Many, many, many favourites. Currently looking forward to the new season of House of Cards.

Favorite snack: Salted chocolate chip cookies.

Dream city to live in (after graduating): Paris.

Favorite place to de-stress in Toronto: Bakeries with salted chocolate chip cookies.  

Today, we meet Olena Kit

March 4, 2016

Picture of Steve Marks

How long have you been working at U of T Libraries?

I started in September 2015 – so, six months.

Which library and/or department are you based at, and what  do you do?

At Robarts Library, I work in the Access and Information department as a Student Library Assistant. I am also a Library Assistant at the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources (CIRHR) Library.

You can find me in the stacks of Robarts Library, collecting, organizing, and retrieving materials. At the CIRHR Library, I provide research and reference services and maintain the library collection. I am also creating and updating CIRHR research guides as well as redesigning the CIRHR library webpage.

 Current program and prior background:  I have a B.Arts Sc. and an M.Sc. in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University. I am currently at the iSchool working towards a Master of Information.

Favorite movie:  Grease! Sound of Music is a close second.

Favorite snack: Strawberries, apples with peanut butter, and popcorn.

How do you like your coffee/tea/other caffeinated beverage? Coffee – black. Tea – fruity. At the moment, my favourites are hazelnut coffee and strawberry pomegranate tea.

Something about you that would surprise people: I performed contemporary, jazz, and tap dance routines on a cruise ship in Greece. It was an unforgettable experience.

Talent you wish you had: I wish I could sing. 

Best advice you've ever received: Practice your opposites.

Most passionate about: Travelling, learning, and community-building.