The Undercover Librarian


Reference and Collection Development Technician, Loyalist College
December 2014 to Present

  • Performs reference services using print, non-print, and electronic resources, service students, faculty and staff, and instructs patrons on the use of library services.
  • Acting Copyright Technician; responsible for copyright and course pack permissions (October 2015 to October 2016).
  • Developed the first draft of the library’s social media policy, and worked with Marketing & Communications to launch the library’s social media presence; currently monitors and maintains the library’s social media accounts.
  • Responsible for collection development, including liaising with faculty to select materials for purchase and for weeding; researched and developed the first formalized draft of the library’s collection development and weeding policies.
  • Performs interlibrary loan services, including processing requests from Loyalist students, staff and faculty, and from other colleges, universities, and outside organizations.
  • Creates and maintains subject-specific LibGuides for faculty and student use.
  • Assists with library orientation sessions to introduce students, staff and faculty to the library’s resources and provide instruction for their use.

Volunteer Social Media Coordinator
, Hart House Library, University of Toronto
June 2013 to December 2014

  • Researched and developed the first draft of the library’s new social media policy; the final draft of the policy is currently being implemented.
  • Supervised the library’s social media committee; responsible for regularly contributing content to all social media accounts associated with the library.
  • Provided original and derivative cataloging, including updates to the catalog and the development of keywords to enhance searching.

Web Commerce Clerk and Stock Associate
, La Vie En Rose
June 2011 to December 2014

  • Responsible for processing orders from the company’s website, and for all logistic functions within the store: ordering and maintaining supplies, all shipping and receiving of merchandise, product consolidations, and visual merchandising.
  • Provided customer service and sales assistance whenever required, as well as cashier support using the point of sale and CRM systems.

Information Desk Assistant
, Scott Reference Library, York University
September 2010 to April 2011

  • Responsible for answering directional and ready reference questions, and instructing students in the basic use of the library catalog and online resources.
  • Collected statistics related to patron inquires, to be used in developing and improving library services and holdings.
  • Provided basic technical support for all electronic equipment in the library, as well as basic troubleshooting for software issues.

Work Placement Student
, Toronto Public Library
February 2010

  • Assisted with Access Employment presentations and with the TESS Job Fair; provided information on the library’s career resources and answered questions from job seekers.
  • Weeded serials collection, and compiled detailed lists of items to be removed from the catalog, and items to be relocated to other branches.

Work Placement Student
, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
October 2010

  • Created original and derived catalogue records for historical and new materials, including the creation of call numbers.
  • Surveyed news publications for articles produced by or referencing the CLHIA, and prepared the information to be delivered to the CLHIA’s public relations staff.

Work Placement Student
, Riverdale Collegiate Institute
April 2010

  • Duties performed include processing new materials, derivative cataloguing, shelf reading, charging and discharging items, and assisting with the removal of old items from the collection.
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