Last Wednesday, July 12, CAPAL members met with 3 librarians for our mid-semester Lunch with a Librarian event:
- Megan Anderson, Research & Curriculum Librarian @ Fanshawe College Library
- Joanne Paterson, Head, Metadata Access @ Western Libraries
- Melanie Mills, Library & Learning Services @ Huron University College
Over a buffet meal at the Grad Club the group talked all things academic librarianship, including conferences, beneficial courses in library school, the “non-linear path” to finding a career, and the use of social media as a librarian. The general consensus on social media use? It’s an effective means of connecting with people you might otherwise not get the chance to, but using the same account for personal and professional purposes might require a little bit of self-censorship!
Megan, Joanna, and Melanie were also willing to share their takes on the qualities that hiring committees look for in a candidate. While relevant technical skills were certainly deemed important, evidence of self-awareness, a willingness to learn, and adaptability were listed as qualities that make a candidate stand out. Useful advice, indeed!
CAPAL members would like to extend a huge thank you to Megan, Joanne, and Melanie for such a wonderfully informative afternoon! Because of our lengthy chat about social media, all three have provided us with their Twitter handles:
- Megan Anderson: @mandersonlib
- Joanne Paterson: @bibliojo
- Melanie Mills: @msmelmills
Our group is now looking forward to our next event, a chat with Jenny Foley—recent FIMS-grad and Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian for Brescia University College.
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On Friday Dec. 5, the Western chapter held a social event at the Morrissey House in London, where chapter members and librarians working at Western were able to mix and mingle. The night was a great success! The idea came about a few months while we were thinking of ways to make connections between students and librarians on campus.
In all, 3 librarians and 8 student members attended, which was a perfect number for everyone to chat and get to know each other. Our only regret is that we forgot to take pictures! It’s our hope to make this a biannual event each year, once during our
summer term and once at the end of the fall term. We received very favourable feedback from all attendees, so we hope that future CAPAL members can continue the tradition. A big thanks to Ryan for organizing and to all who were able to come out.
UWO will certainly have a great presence at the CAPAL 2015 Conference in Ottawa! FIMS’ own Dr. Sarah Roberts will be giving one of the keynote addresses (date and time TBD). You can find a link to her website in our blog roll. For those of you who haven’t had Dr. Roberts as a prof, here’s her bio from CAPAL.
Sarah T. Roberts is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Information Studies (FIMS), Western University. Her current research focuses on the practice of commercial content moderation (CCM), a form of digital labor behind the scenes of the social media industry, “knowledge work” and the reconfigurations of labor and production in a Post-Industrial, globalized context. She is further interested in dissections of notions of digital information in society, and its attendant sociocultural, economic and ethical implications. At FIMS, she teaches in the MLIS program on managing and working in information organizations and leads a group of students, staff and faculty in the FIMS Gaming Club. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, and completed my Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Henry Giroux will be giving the other keynote address. A link to his website can be found here, and below is the bio from CAPAL.
Henry Giroux is a renowned public intellectual and leading scholar of (higher) education, culture, and politics. He has authored and co-authored dozens of books, including, most recently, Neoliberalism’s War Against Higher Education (2014), The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine (2014), and Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (forthcoming, 2015). Giroux taught high school history in Barrington, Rhode Island from 1968 to 1975. Giroux received his Doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon in 1977. He then became professor of education at Boston University from 1977 to 1983. In 1983 he became professor of education and renowned scholar in residence at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he also served as Director at the Center for Education and Cultural Studies. He moved to Penn State Univeristy where he took up the Waterbury Chair Professorship from 1992 to May 2004. He also served as the Director of the Waterbury Forum in Education and Cultural Studies. He moved to McMaster University in May 2004, where he currently holds the McMaster University Chair in Scholarship for the Public Interest.
Remember, the deadline for proposals is 8 December 2014!
Here’s a link to the great presentations, papers, and slides presented at the CAPAL 2014 Conference. A link to the conference program can be found here. The conference was held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario from 25 to 26 May 2014. Hope these will help get the brain juices flowing for the call for proposals for the 2015 conference! Happy reading!