I earned an honours undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Western Ontario in 2013, favouring courses about contemporary theory and social inequality, and completing challenging but rewarding coursework in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics.
I began the MLIS program at Western University in January 2014. As of the end of summer 2014 I have completed all of the core courses, as well as an elective course in information literacy. In the fall of 2014, in addition to regular elective courses in collections management and critical theory in LIS, I am excited to begin a research project regarding MOOC noncompletion and librarianship.
Throughout the month of April 2014 I worked as an intern with askON virtual chat reference service, and I have returned for the 2014-2015 academic year. In this role I apply RUSA guidelines and best practices for chat reference services in helping members of the college community in Ontario meet their research needs.
I have also taken on two new roles in academic reference work for the fall of 2014. I have been fortunate enough to be working in an exciting position as a virtual reference mentee through at OCUL’s Ask A Librarian program; here I build on the skills I developed last semester at askON to provide high quality chat reference services to researchers at Ontario universities.
Additionally, I am working as a student reference assistant at the lovely Cardinal Carter Library here at King’s College at UWO. This role is differentiated from my other academic reference positions in that it is in-person and only services one school community.
I became a volunteer at the London Public Library in August 2013 and volunteered as a weekly “tech tutor” for 10 months. In this role I helped patrons learn to use technology and answered their technological questions in a one-on-one setting. This allowed me to develop my teaching skills and to refine my service skills while working to bridge the digital divide in my community.