Library Services

As the Services Librarian at H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering, I supervise a team of library assistants who deliver front-line services to the campus community. These include borrowing, research help, reserves, and interlibrary loan.



I have been an involved in the Integrated Science program at McMaster University since its inception in 2009. Working with other instructors in the program, we have embedded information and science literacy throughout the four years of curriculum, a foundation to all other course content. I provide instruction in other courses in the Faculties of Science and Engineering, as requested.


Library Marketing

I have a particular interest in library marketing and the use of graphic design in library outreach. I created the website Ad/Lib to showcase library marketing and branding from libraries of all kinds, and from all around the world.

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I have 6+ years of experience in the academic library sector, and during that time have been involved in a variety of work that spans website redesigns, assessment (ClimateQUAL), curriculum planning and development, library outreach and marketing, pedagogical research, and more.



I am committed to developing my expertise a leader, and to demonstrate that through my work. I have participated in ALA’s Emerging Leader program, and ARL’s Leadership Management Skills Institute I. Wherever possible, I take opportunities to mentor new librarians, including co-op students at McMaster and at the OLA Superconference Career Centre.


Professional Activity and Service

As an academic librarian, I have a commitment to contribute to the profession. I am currently a Councillor-at-Large for the Ontario College and University Library Association, a division of the Ontario Library Association. I also regularly present at library conferences across North America.

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University of Guelph MSc. in Applied Ethology pigs-by-woodleywonderworks University of Guelph MSc. in Applied Ethology

Western University MLIS – Master of Library and Information Science library Western University MLIS – Master of Library and Information Science

Over on Ad/Lib, my website about library marketing

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  • In Brief: Know Your Digital Storage Media2016 PR Xchange Award Winner “Know Your Digital Storage Media” is a website and poster created by the Special Collections department at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Libraries. The design features commonly used digital media storage types, along with some fast facts about them. The post In Brief: Know Your Digital Storage […]
  • In Brief: GSU Library Food Policy Signage2016 PR Xchange Award Winner These bold, eye-catching posters were used to advertise changes to food policy in the library while minimizing backlash. “The large, single-colored food images appeared unusual and out of place in comparison to our traditional signage, thus mirroring the messaging: that meals in the library are distracting and are best eaten […]
  • Weird Science: The Library Graphic Design of Tom DejaA spotlight on the graphic design work of Tom Deja of Bossman Graphics, and in particular, his work for Oak Park Public Library. It features posters, logo work and marketing campaigns, as well as quotes from Tom himself. See what Tom’s unique punk rock aesthetic brings to library marketing. The post Weird Science: The Library […]
  • Bash in the Stacks at Cofrin Library, UWGB (2015)Looking for a way to welcome to students to the library? Just do what undergraduates do best: party! The Bash in the Stacks is an annual party at Cofrin Library. Read on to learn what makes for a successful Bash. The post Bash in the Stacks at Cofrin Library, UWGB (2015) appeared first on Ad/Lib.
  • Submitted: Relocation Flyer at Portage District Library (2016)Relocation, relocation “We were approached by a local realtor wanting us to submit information about our library in a “relocation packet”. This realtor was going to offer a folder full of local information to new residents to the area. We… Continue Reading → The post Submitted: Relocation Flyer at Portage District Library (2016) appeared first […]


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Branding Basics for Libraries

I was invited to participate (based on my Ad/Lib cred) in a Library Journal webinar on Strategic Branding and Identity Development for Libraries. My bit was on brand basics: what is a brand, why should libraries brand, what does the branding process look like. This was followed up by two speakers, one from Edmonton Public […]

I made a thing: Ad/Lib

I was sitting in a hospital room a few weeks ago (I wasn’t the sick one in this case) and was brainstorming ideas that might benefit the library community, but was yet untapped. I hit on an idea to create a website that focuses on marketing and branding done in/by libraries. Of course, I was […]

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