Ask an Alum

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Through the Ask an Alum program, current and prospective iSchool students can connect with iSchool graduates in order to learn about career development and the real-life experience of entering the workforce.

This program offers students the opportunity to share interests, ask questions, and hear personal stories from information or museum professionals. It is organized by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), and is made possible through volunteer mentors who come from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice.

How to participate

Current and prospective students:

  • You can connect with the program's alumni volunteers by sending your request to askanalum [dot] ischoolatutoronto [dot] ca. You will be put in touch directly with the particular alumnus or alumna with whom you wish to make contact.
  • Alternatively, describe the kind of information you are seeking in the email, and we'll match you with an appropriate volunteer.

Alumni who wish to become volunteer mentors:

  • Send an email to the askanalum [dot] ischoolatutoronto [dot] ca (Ask An Alum) program with your name, year of convocation, and area(s) of expertise.
  • Take this opportunity to share your knowledge with the next generation of information and museum professionals!
     

List of volunteer alumni mentors

Name

Year

Position

Area of expertise

A. Patricia Ayala 2010 Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre Medical academic librarianship, systematic reviews, faculty liaison and engagement, information literacy, controlled vocabulary, e-learning, metadata
Heather Buchansky 2012 Online Projects Librarian, Robarts Library, University of Toronto Academic librarianship, online reference and instruction, emerging technologies
Stephanie Chambers 2008 News Researcher, The Globe and Mail Newspaper librarianship and investigative research

Hyun-Duck Chung

2007 Market Intelligence Information Specialist, University of Toronto Libraries, Gerstein Science Information Centre, and MaRS Innovation Academic librarianship; market
intelligence and technology commercialization; e-learning
Gillian Clinton 2000 Principal, Clinton Research Information expert: independent information research, with experience in law, corporate, academic, document and reference librarianship
Christopher Cronin 2002

Director of Technical Services, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Academic library: cataloging; metadata; collaborative digitization programs; library administration and management
Katie Cuyler 2012 Intelligence Analyst, Bennett Jones LLP Competitive Intelligence Research and Analysis
Christina Darvasi 2012 Lecturer (Communications and Technology) at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

CIS: Society and technology, digital divide, media/information literacy

Christine DeLuca 2011 Information Specialist, Bennett Jones LLP Legal librarianship: legal reference; business research; competitive intelligence research; information literacy
Tina Dolcetti 2009 Children's Librarian, Moose Jaw Public Library, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Public library: collection development, staff supervision, children's programming and outreach
Charles Dunham 2005

Librarian, Corvallis-Benton County Library, Oregon, USA

Library: public library services, workforce recovery programs and partnerships, grant-funded projects, and mobile libraries
Liana Giovando 2006 Independent consultant in businesses in information management Content strategy; reference librarianship; law librarianship
Autumn Haag 2007 Librarian Archivist, Roxbury Community College Library Archives: reference, governmental archives, working as a lone arranger, digital projects, project management, outreach, and instruction
Library: community college libraries, reference and instruction, local history
Julie Hannaford 2002 Associate Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences; Director, OISE Library, University of Toronto Academic library: open access/scholarly communication issues; library administration and management

Michelle Hendley

1998 Reference & Instruction Librarian, State University of New York, College at Oneonta Academic library: reference and instruction; research consultations; print reference collection development; business, legal, political science, and sociology research resources

John Hermans

1997 Director, Advancement Research, Toronto, ON Information: prospect research and advancement services in professional fundraising
Dave Hook 2000 Manager, Operations Information and Configuration Management, MDA Space Missions, Brampton, ON Library: special librarianship; solo librarianship; intranets; engineering libraries; records management; library management; non-traditional library roles; database development; project management
Christina Hwang 2008 Instruction Librarian, Cameron Library, University of Alberta Academic library expertise: liaison and advocacy; emerging technologies; instruction; scholarly communication; special projects; planning and development
Christina Kim 2010 Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District/University of Toronto Libraries - Gerstein Science Information Centre, Toronto, ON Academic Librarianship
Kate Johnson 2010 Liaison Librarian for psychology, anthropology and health studies, UTSC library Academic Librianship
Mette Krüger 2007 Archival Librarian, First Nation Repository Pilot Project, Ontario Library Service - North First Nations Skills Development Officer
Sheila Lacroix 1991 Library Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Medical librarianship: non-traditional medical libraries (mental health and addiction); dealing with external professionals, students, government, and members of the public
Ricardo Laskaris 2004 Reference Assistant, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University Academic reference service (sciences); volunteering (Toronto Public Library)
Carmen Lee 2011 Research Officer, Toronto East General Hospital Special librarianship
Carole Linton MacFarquhar 1976 'Young Adult & Adult Services Librarian, Saint John Free Public Library, Saint John, New Brunswick Urban public libraries: collection development and management; young adult and adult services; audiovisual services; some children's and reference services; branch management
Klara Maidenberg 2009 Assessment and Evaluation & Virtual Reference Services Librarian Academic librarianship, reference and research services
Heather J. Martin 2007 Health Sciences Librarian, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR Health science libraries; hospital libraries; not-for-profit special libraries; solo librarianship
Andrew McAlorum 2010 Digital Projects Librarian, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries Web development; digital projects management; digital humanities; digital collections; scholarly communications
Michael Meth 2006 Director, OISE Library, University of Toronto Libraries Academic libraries: business & economics librarianship; reference & instruction, education librarianship
Casian Moscovici 1988 Vice President, Research, NATIONAL Public Relations Corporate information; media monitoring; content & issues analysis; market intelligence; public relations & communications; technology; healthcare
Rebecca Northcott 2010 Senior Client Success Specialist, DisclosureNet, Toronto, ON Corporate Librarianship: Corporate librarianship, information literacy, training, reference, records management
Elizabeth Novak 2012 Museum Program Instructor, Mackenzie House

Museum educational programming and community outreach, accessibility and disability issues related to museums, collections management, history museums, and science-based cultural institutions like the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre.

Sonia Pacheco

2004 Librarian Archivist, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Community development/engagement; archives; working in the US as a Canadian
Laura Robb 2012 Museum Educator (the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Getty Museum) Visitor research; accessible design; learning theory (adult, child, youth); and digital interpretation
Lisa Ronald 2008

Account Services Manager, EBSCO Canada Ltd.

Serials management, instruction, e-resource acquisition and management
Jessica Posgate 2007 Ontario Project Coordinator, Knowledge Ontario Library: digitization; project management; heritage collections; web-based software and technologies; user support
Laura Shtern 2010 Assistant Head Librarian Public library; children’s librarianship; library management
Kimberly Silk 1998 Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Academic librarianship; solo librarianship; special librarianship; digital collections; data repositories; open data; emerging technologies; library leadership
Erica Smith 2011 Index and Reference Officer, Hansard Reporting, Legislative Assembly of Ontario Indexing; reference services; Drupal
Elisa Sze 2007 Collections & Public Services Coordinator, Information Services, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto Small academic libraries: collection development and management; cataloguing and organization of collections; new managers
Matt Szybalski 1987 Corporate Records Manager and City Archivist, City of Thunder Bay Archives; records management; freedom of information; protection of privacy
Prof. Stephanie Walker 1995

Chief Librarian & Executive Director of Academic Information Technology, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Academic Librarianship, Library Administration & Management, Library Technology, Library Entrepreneurship, and working in the US as a Canadian
Kristine Carlsen Wall 1979 Prospect Research Analyst, University Advancement, University of Lethbridge Library: academic; business processes of university advancement (prospect research, donor relations); how to interact with internal and external stakeholders and business partners; Prospect Management; Campaign and Prospect Qualification; Donor Relations, Donor Recognition and Stewardship
Brett Waytuck

 

1987

Provincial Librarian Executive Director, Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan

Library administration; development and delivery of province wide services and strategies; health sciences librarianship; collection development and maintenance; strategic planning; government librarianship; cataloging and public library service coordination

Jacqueline Whyte Appleby 2010 Client Services Librarian, Scholars Portal Academic librarianship, communications, information literacy
Colin Wiginton 1991 Manager, Cultural Services, City of Kingston Museums: art history; learning in/through museums; museums and the Web; community arts; working in small/large public galleries; municipal government; community cultural development; cultural master planning
Matt Wong 2007 PhD Student, Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario Information systems; research; Master's thesis; applying to business schools for PhD programs