About Me

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).

You can follow me on twitter or find me elsewhere through about.me.

Current Employment

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.

Employment/Experience

  • 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.

Recent Volunteering

Recent Presentations

Education

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.

Awards

Professional Affiliations

Recent Projects

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.

Accessibility

Website Redesign

WordPress

Work Projects at Ryerson (2012-2013)

Most of the year was spent doing web redesign, web accessibility, and WordPress work.

Team Projects

Redesigns

Guidelines

WordPress

Documentation
Plugin Reviews

Other