An enthusiastic teacher turned librarian, I have a diverse background and broad interests. While primarily working with web technology, I have interests in general computing and technology, instruction, information management, technical services and metadata, among others.
I am always on the look out to improve existing services and implementing new ones. While not a programmer, I like to learn and I am not afraid to work with code. My methodology is very much user oriented in all my projects and work (at least as much as possible), and my aim is to improve the user experience for both the end-user and content creators.
Teach the web! I also self-identify myself as a Mozilla Webmaker Mentor. I’ve organized some webmaker parties and volunteered at a number of Mozilla organized webmaker events (e.g. HackJam, HASTAC, MozFest). Random acts of helping happen as well, such as helping with localization/translation efforts.
I am also a proud mentor of Ladies Learning Code, a non-profit that holds one day intro workshops. Mostly, I volunteer for HTML/CSS, but also Photoshop and Hack-a-thon workshops.
Last but not least, I help with organizing conferences and workshops whenever and wherever I can (see the list below).
I am currently on contract (July 2013 – July 2014) as a librarian at CAPER-BC (formerly, CILS) housed at Langara College in Vancouver, BC providing accessible formats to post-secondary students (and faculty) with print disabilities and supporting the staff that help make that happen.
- Developed and maintained new website (WordPress) (to reflect name change), doing usability work, and ensuring accessibility guidelines are met.
- Migrated and reorganized wiki used for intranet (Confluence).
- Automated backup of digital collection files that are created during production.
- Catalogued and processed new materials and requests.
- Provided IT and technology support to staff and clients as needed.
- Wrote department newsletters sent out to students and coordinators.
- Documented processes and workflow.
- Ran and analyzed statistics and web analytics.
- Acting Web Services (previously, Innovative Technologies) Librarian at Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) (January 2012 – June 2013)
- Implemented content management system (WordPress)
- Implemented issue tracker (Redmine) in conjunction with intranet (Drupal)
- Created and revised web content to meet web accessibility guidelines (WCAG)
- Managed and pushed out shelf mapping tool (RULA Bookfinder)
- Provided instructional workshops, reference desk (including chat), library tours, and more
- Student Librarian at the UBC Education Library (September 2010 – April 2011, September 2011 – December 2011)
- information/reference desk
- instructional workshops on searching for library materials, and databases
- Information Management Analyst at Natural Resources Canada (Ottawa May 2011 – August 2011)
- Recordkeeping and Disposition Authorities Project joint with Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
- business case and work plan research and writing
- wiki (MediaWiki) support, training, and content management
- Web Services Co-op Student at UBC Library Systems & Information Technology (LSIT) (May 2010 – April 2011)
- website redevelopment, content inventory, mockups, consultation, etc.
- user studies/user experience
- migration and content centralization to WordPressMS and UBC Wiki (MediaWiki)
- see work projects below for examples
- Other previous experience include teaching, research support, tutoring, office/clerical support, and customer service.
- Volunteer Mentor, Ladies Learning Code various HTML & CSS, WordPress, Hack sessions (June 2012 – Present)
- Organizer, Code4LibBC (August 2013 – Present)
- Program Committee, Code4Lib Conference 2015 (February 2015)
- Program Peer Reviewer, Access Conference (2012-2014)
- MC, Code4Lib Conference 2014 (March 2014)
- Organizer & MC, Code4Lib BC (Un)conference 2013
- “Guerilla” Webmaker Mentor, Mozilla Festival (October 2013)
- Volunteer Translator (French, English) & Reviewer (Canadian & British English), Mozilla Webmaker via Transifex (October 2013 & ongoing for new and revised content)
- Founder and Organizer, Code4Lib Toronto/GTA Meetups (June 2012 – June 2013)
- Organizer, Code4Lib North (Un)conference 2013 (May 2013)
- Organizer, TRY Conference 2013 (May 2013)
- Volunteer, Creating Six Word Memoirs using Webmaker Thimble at HASTAC Opening Reception (April 2012)
- Program Committee Lead, Sponsorship Committee Member & MC, Code4Lib Conference 2013 (February 2013)
- Human API, Mozilla Festival (November 2012)
- Volunteer, Ontario Universities’ Fair representing Ryerson University (September 2012)
- Volunteer, Webmaker Thimble Station at Mozilla’s HackJam (June 2012)
- Code4Lib BC Spring Workshop: Usability On a Budget
- BCLA 2014: Webmaker Party: Building & Engaging a Community of Learners and Mentors
- Code4Lib 2014: We Are All Disabled! Universal Web Design Making Web Services Accessible for Everyone (20 minutes version)
- LibTechConf 2014: We Are All Disabled! Universal Web Design Making Web Services Accessible for Everyone (full)
- ALPS December Meeting 2013: Introduction to the Web Literacy Standard & Open Badges
- Code4Lib BC 2013: Shifting Perspectives: From Disability Accommodation to Universal Design
- TRY Conference 2013: Implementing WCAG by Making Your Website Accessible for Everyone; RULA Bookfinder: Getting People to their Books Fast!
- Ryerson University Faculty Conference 2013 on Bookfinder (as part of Setting Up for Success: Top 5 Time: Saving Tools & Services from the Library)
- Code4Lib Conference 2013 Bookfinder Lightning Talk
- Amigos Library Services’ HTML5 & CSS3 2013: Making the Website More Accessible
- Mozilla Festival 2012 Demo Party on Thimble Poster Project
- Ryerson University Faculty Conference 2012 on Search Everything/Summon (as part of Top 5 Time Library Savers)
I finished my Master’s in Library and Information Studies (LIS) at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) in December 2011 and graduated in May 2012.
Although I graduated with first a double English and Psychology then out of Education, I began as a student in Software Engineering and Mathematics (at what is now SFU Surrey, but used to be TechBC), and I am still very much interested in computers and technology.
- Member of, volunteer at, and organizer of various events relating to Code4Lib (2010 – Present)
- Member of BCLA (2009 – Present)
- Member of CLA (2012 – 2013)
- Treasurer and ALPS (Academic Librarians in Public Service) Representative of BCLA/CLA Student Chapter (2009/2010, 2010/2011, Fall 2011)
- Member at Large of ASIS&T Student Chapter (2010/2011)
- Member of Golden Key International Honour Society (since 2002)
Work Projects at CILS/CAPER-BC (2013-2014)
Most of the year was spent working on the website (involving WordPress) and research, along with some other smaller projects.
- When is a PDF Accessible?
- Redesign of “What Format Do You Need” Guide(s): Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3 (to come?)
- Card Sort & IA
- Making Changes to TwentyTwelve (via Child Theme)
- Guerrilla Usability: Choosing the Front Page with Mockups
Work Projects at Ryerson (2012-2013)
Most of the year was spent doing web redesign, web accessibility, and WordPress work.
- Getting Quick Feedback: Updating the Help Page
- Revised Articles Section & New Landing Page: Using Card Sort to Clean Up
- Redesigning the Digital Commons Page
- About Us Redesign & Reorganization
- Services Redesign & Content Overhaul
- Contact Us: Making It Simpler and Shorter
- Making Forms Accessible
- Writing for the Web
- Making Your Website Accessible:
- Moved Site
- Branding through the WordPress Theme
- Getting Staff on Board and Moved to WordPress
- Setting up WordPress for an Academic Library
- WordPress Development: Lessons Learned
- Image Slider Carousel & Again
- Custom CSS & Social Media Sharing (later discovering, Jetpack has both)
- Publicize / Automatically Post to Twitter/Facebook