2014: Master of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
2011: Bachelor of Arts, Major in International Relations
University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Assistant Professor/Librarian: August 2016 – Present
Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB
Teaching and Research Support
- Served as the subject librarian for Psychology, Student Wellness and Counselling, Health and Physical Education, and the Music Conservatory.
- Developed and delivered information literacy sessions for students (face-to-face and online) in my subject areas to develop their research and critical thinking skills.
- Maintained and created in-depth online library research guides to support programs and individual courses.
- Developed learning materials and in-class assignments for students (face-to-face and online), and incorporate library resources into courses.
- Collaborated with faculty on course development, course redesigns, and the developments of new assessments.
- Worked with a faculty member in Psychology on the development of MRU’s first virtual reality course.
- Expanded and developed the collection in my subject areas including purchasing new books (physical and print), working with colleagues to assess usage of physical and digital holdings, and working with faculty to locate resources to support their teaching and research.
- Worked with faculty to find key research, locate appropriate publications for research, and assist with faculty literature reviews (including systematic reviews).
- Served on a variety of department and university committees to advance curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and learning technology.
- Collaborated with library colleagues to develop the library’s pedagogical values and approaches to student instruction.
- Provided support for scholarly publishing by serving as backup to the Digital Initiatives Librarian during sabbatical leaves. This included working with the library collections team on the campus institutional repository (specifically the platform upgrade and transition to a new hosting platform) and being a lead for the library’s journal hosting platform (OJS). Both roles involved providing training and support to faculty.
- Served as the library’s open open education lead – providing support to faculty on open educational resources.
- Published research pertaining to my scholarly interests in academic journals and published a book chapter. See my Publications page for a list of my published works.
- Presented research at, and developed professional workshops for, academic conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. See my Public Appearances page for a list of presentations and media work.
Service and Professional Activities
- Served on numerous departmental and university committees including the Library Curriculum Committee, Faculty Development Committee, University General Faculty Council, University Academic Standards, and more.
- Worked with colleagues at the national and international level including the International society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), The Canadian Psychology Librarians Network, the Alberta Open Education Advocacy and Education Group, and Open Education Alberta.
Co-Host & Co-Founder, EdTech Examined Podcast: June 2020 – Present
- Designed and developed the podcast idea with my colleague Kris Hans, including visual design, logo (mostly Kris), branding, scope, and audience.
- Developed the podcast structure and segments.
- Produced episodes, including creating the intro and outro, episode editing, sound and sound effects. A large portion of the episodes have been edited by Chris Hoang who also improved the sound profile of the podcast.
- Managed the episode distribution, including adding episode chapter markers, uploading episodes to our podcast host, editing episode metadata, writing show notes, and creating and managing accounts for various podcast distribution platforms (Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, etc.).
- Collaborated on social media promotion with colleagues including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
- Developed and maintained the podcast website.
Education Technology Facilitator: May 2014 – July 2016
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
- Consulted on instructional design (undergraduate and graduate level) for courses in education, pharmacy and dentistry
- Coordinated the faculty research centre which involved working with faculty to design and set up large-scale studies, host research events, and provide technical support (hardware and software) for graduate student research.
- Worked on various technology initiatives and project projects, particularly collaborating with faculty on integrating educational technologies into their courses and the classroom
- Tested and kept up-to-date on the latest education technologies for their potential classroom application (including Google Glass, VR headsets, various mobile apps, assessment and testing platforms, learning management system features, audio-video creation tools, and more). I provided reports on these tools to faculty and colleagues in my department.
- Worked on several usability projects for online courses, websites, and education technology tools.
- Served as a member of the provincial Alberta Open Education Initiative project team which included public outreach, faculty support, development of the provincial open education toolkits and other communications initiatives.
Graduate Technology Assistant: September 2013 – April 2014
School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Information Architect: April – August 2013
City of Edmonton Web Office, AB
Reference Librarian (Practicum): March – April, 2013
Government of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Education Technology Mentor: September 2012 – April 2013
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Research Assistant: September 2009 – September 2011
Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
Library Page: September 2008 – December 2010
University of British Columbia Library, Kelowna, BC
*Additional work experience can be found on my LinkedIn page. A full CV can be provided upon request.
Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
April 2019: Open Education Champion Award, Students Association of Mount Royal University.
May 2014: Award for Professional Recognition Library and Information Studies Student Association.
May 2014: Membership – Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
April 2014: Library Association of Alberta Student Award.
September 2013: Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.
2010: Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) Award for Original Research & Presentation University of British Columbia 2010. http://uro.ubc.ca/files/2010/04/MURC-Winners-20101.pdf
May 2009: Undergraduate Research Award (research grant) University of British Columbia Okanagan.
I possess a variety of technology skills from my lifelong interest in computers and through my professional experience. I’ve been interested in computers since I was five, and I read about technology trends on a daily basis. I’ve also been blogging about technology since 2013. Below is a non-exhaustive list of my technology skills.
- Research tools: Qualitative analysis software (NVivo), textual analysis and visualization tools (Discover Text, Voyant, Tableau, Excel), survey tools (Qualtrics, Fluid Surveys, Survey Monkey, LibApps, Google Forms).
- Maker technologies: 3D printing and scanning, micro computing (Raspberry Pi), programming, data and visualization.
- Multimedia and Design: Adobe Creative Suite, Canva.
- Video editing: Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, iMovie.
- Audio recording and editing: Mic interfaces (USB and analogue), sound mixers, software (Logic, Garage Band, Audacity).
- Podcast hosting and distribution platforms.
- Desktop publishing and industry-standard tools: Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, iWork, Google Apps suite.
- Web and coding: Usability design and best practices, online course design, HTML 5, CSS, GitHub, content management systems (Drupal, WordPress, Squarespace, Spring Share, etc.), and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Medium, YouTube, LinkedIn).
- Automation tools: IFTTT, Apple Script, Apple Automator, Apple Shortcuts)
- Content distribution and publishing: DSpace, Dataverse, Open Journal Systems (OJS), and Pressbooks.
- Library systems and discovery: SirsiDynix, Voyager, ALMA/Primo.
- Operating systems: macOS, Windows (all versions), Linux (various distributions), Android, iOS/iPadOS, OpenElec/OSMC, Open Media Vault.
- Computer hardware: Custom computer builds and parts replacement – including RAM, HDD, video cards, sound cards, motherboards, fans, drives, etc.
- Security and privacy: Encryption standards, encrypting email, password management, user access permissions and platform management, cloud storage, P2P/private messaging.
- Information management: File management practices, information lifecycle.