Here I’ve shared some of my projects and experiences.
Library Programming, Instruction, and Reference:
I spent four summers at the Baddeck Public Library in a role to support both library and IT-based community programs. With a combined focus on community outreach and emerging tech, I developed and ran programs and workshops on a variety of topics for different demographics. In that role I delivered workshops on geocaching and GPS, blogging, social media, and preparatory research and writing for first year university students. I also hosted drop-in arts and crafts nights, film viewings and discussion panel, accessory swaps, community open mics, and Toddler Time: a collection of stories, songs, and puppet shows for children up to 4.
One of my most rewarding activities has been teaching seniors digital literacy skills. I worked with individuals one-on-one, meeting once a week to gain working knowledge and confidence in using new devices, like laptops and digital cameras, or new mediums, such as Skype or Facebook. My own fave milestones have been assisting community members to preserve childhood photos, and using Youtube to find and listen to familiar fiddle reels.
Public-oriented reference is my bread and butter. I’ve honed my reference skills to go beyond being good at finding things. I see these interactions as teaching and learning opportunities: how to Google better, how to identify trustworthy and reliable sources of information, and how to decipher bits of the online world that can be scary for the unfamiliar.
I’m currently in the revision stage of co-writing a chapter with Corinne Gilroy for the upcoming The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations, from Library Juice Press, with editing by Maria T. Accardi. Our contribution is steeped in the very Canadian approach of lyric scholarship building on the voices of Jan Zwicky, Tina Northrup, and Kathleen McConnell.
We are scheduled to perform a rendition of this work at the Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries Conference being held in May 2017 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
I presented a poster on the privacy and security of menstrual health tracking applications, “Menstrual Metrics,” at the OLA Super Conference in Toronto, ON, in February 2017.
My research interests generally float around first generation students, libraries as community hubs, rural, small, and niche communities and the libraries that serve them, and critical theory applied to library and information science in a gamut of manifestations as per the cultural studies tradition. I am also invested in learning more about personal digital privacy and security and how libraries can support their patrons’ rights to these.
I’m an avid creator and I always have different projects on the go. I focus mostly on photography, painting, knitting, and writing. My poems have been published by Frog Hollow Press and Open Heart Forgery. I have two writing projects on hold as I complete grad school: a reflective multi generational manuscript on Katimavik, and memoirs on childhood in Canadian evangelical communities.
I presented two collections of original work at the 2015 Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference on two panels. That same year I was awarded the Mrs. Angus L. MacDonald Literary Prize from Mount Saint Vincent University for my creative nonfiction piece “Into the Deep,” a polyphonic exploration into bipolar disorder. I also won the 2015 Creative Writing Competition run by Mount Saint Vincent University Library and the Writing Initiatives Committee for my short story “Couch and Kin.”