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, accessibility, 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.
Through the local library association, I mentor (almost) every term of the BCLA Mentorship program, which is a one-on-one professional mentorship program, mostly helping students and younger professionals with their applications, job prospects, and professional development.
Teach the web! I am also a Mozilla Learning Network Contributor. I’ve organized maker parties and volunteered at a number of Mozilla organized maker 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 technology workshops. Mostly, I volunteer for HTML/CSS and web design, 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 the Manager of Infrastructure and Technology at the New Westminster Public Library, overseeing technical services (including acquisitions), and (public-facing) technology.
- Oversee day-to-day operations.
- Overall management of public-facing technology.
- Manage acquisitions for all library collections.
- Manage vendor relationships and contracts related to technology, and acquisitions.
- Ensure that the cataloguing and classification of materials balance industry standards with the needs of library users.
- Liaise with City of New Westminster IT staff regarding technology troubleshooting and technology planning.
- Make recommendations to the Leadership Team regarding the need for emerging hardware, software and technology services for the public.
- Coordinate library-wide staff training.
- Content Coordinator, for the National Network of Equitable Library Service at the BC Libraries Cooperative (2014 – 2016)
- Coordinated (and improved) the content processes and production of accessible formats, including copyright clearance.
- Assisted with negotiating licenses and purchases for existing collections of accessible content.
- Assisted with making partnerships with other accessible content producers to share collections and resources.
- Assisted with CMS administration and web development as needed.
- Managed metadata, cataloguing, and ingestion of produced and contributed titles and collections.
- Trained staff, both in-person and at a distance, and provided resources on producing accessible formats, and managing content in NNELS.
- Researched answers to legal questions in regards to accessible format production and distribution.
- Supervised students and contract workers assisting with production.
- Web Accessibility Consultant, for Support Students with Disabilities website at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JISC) (2016)
- Work with staff to ensure accessibility guidelines are met.
- Provide reports and possible solutions to accessibility issues.
- Provide training and resources on accessibility, particularly creating content and documents.
- Accessibility Librarian, at CAPER-BC (formerly, CILS) housed at Langara College (2013 – 2014)
- Developed and maintained new website (WordPress) (to reflect name change), doing usability work, and ensuring accessibility guidelines are met.
- Migrated (to Confluence) and reorganized wiki used for intranet.
- 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.
- Web Services (previously, Innovative Technologies) Librarian at Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) (2012 – 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
- Other professional experience includes website redesign/development, user studies/user experience, collaborative software (namely wiki), information management, research, planning, reference, and instruction.
- Other previous experience include teaching, research support, tutoring, office/clerical support, and customer service.
- Volunteer Mentor, Ladies Learning Code (and Girls Learning Code) various including HTML & CSS, Web Design , WordPress, Hack sessions (June 2012 – Present)
- Organizer, Code4LibBC (August 2013 – Present)
- Mentor, BCLA Mentorship Program (September 2013 – Present)
- Mentor, UBC Arts Co-op Student Association Mentorship Program (Winter 2015 – Present)
- Program Committee, Code4Lib Conference 2015 (February 2015)
- Facilitator (one of many) of Accessibility & Ability discussion in the Join! Types of diversity and inclusion session, Mozilla Festival (October 2014)
- Program Peer Reviewer, Access Conference (2012-2014)
Presentations & Articles
- Florida Library Webinars (May 2016 webinar): Making Accessible Content Easy and Part of Your Work
- Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) (March 2016): Making Accessible Content Easy and Part of Your Work
- University of Pittsburgh (March 2016 webinar): Making Accessible Content Easy and Part of Your Work
- BCLA Perspectives Vol. 7 Issue 1 (November 2015): Code4Lib is for you, for me, for everyone
- LIBR 2411: Library Technologies and Information Management at Langara College (October 2015 guest lecture): Accessibility is About Your Users
- The Pastry Box Project September 21, 2015: A Community Supported on Obsolete Technology
- University of Pittsburgh (February 2015 webinar): Making Accessible Content Easy and Part of Your Work
- Education Institution (January 2015 webinar): Making Web Services Accessible With Universal Design
- Education Institution (January 2015 webinar): Remix the Web! Using Mozilla Webmaker for Library Workshops & Programming
- Access 2014: We’re All Disabled! Part 2: Building Accessible (Web) Services with Universal Design
- LibUX Podcast: Episode 14 on Accessibility (September 2014)
- 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 National 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
- ACRL TechConnect October 2012: Making Your Website Accessible Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
- Ryerson University Faculty Conference 2012 on Search Everything/Summon (as part of Top 5 Time Library Savers)
- Code4Lib National Conference 2012 Lighting Talk on Processing.js
- LIBR 501 2011 Winter Term 1 Panel on Co-op: The Value & Experience
- Access Conference 2011 Lightning Talk on Processing.js
I finished my Master’s in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) in December 2011 and graduated in May 2012.
Previously, I completed a bachelor’s in English and Psychology, then Education, but began as a student in Software Engineering and Mathematics (at what is now SFU Surrey, but used to be TechBC).
Current Professional Affiliations
- Member of, volunteer at, and organizer of various events relating to Code4Lib (2010 – Present)
- Member of BCLA (2009 – Present)
- Member of Golden Key International Honour Society (since 2002)
Work on the National Network for Equitable Library Services at BC Libraries Cooperative (2014-2016)
A lot of my work at NNELS was focused on metadata and accessible format production, though other things crept in.
- Accessible Formats Overview
- Making Accessible Format Production: Overview, Part 1 & Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
* DAISY Production in the Near Future
- Zipping for Distribution
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
- Persona work for the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit
- Card Sort & IA
- Making Changes to TwentyTwelve (via Child Theme)
- Guerrilla Usability: Choosing the Front Page with Mockups