Members of the selection committee to recruit the new Head of Education Library invite you to attend the Public Forums being held on the following dates:
- Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Erin Fields
- Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Peggy Lunn
- Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Wendy Traas
All sessions to be held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room 302, 1961 East Mall. Coffee and cookies will be available.
Each candidate will speak on the following topic for up to 30 minutes, followed by time for questions and discussion:
The Education Library provides services and resources to support 740 teacher education students, 1,500 master’s students, 400 PhD students, faculty and community members. There are also 1,200 kinesiology students. Each Education graduate student takes a required course on Aboriginal education and indigeneity is a key focus throughout the entire program. Taking into consideration your knowledge of the UBC Education Library, the field of education, and academic libraries, how would you lead the Education Library into the future?
Feedback forms will be provided at the forums, along with instructions for providing comments electronically. The Selection Committee looks forward to receiving your feedback by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Erin Fields is a Liaison Librarian in the humanities and social sciences and the Flexible Learning Coordinator at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2006. Prior to becoming a librarian, Erin worked as a teacher in K-10 environments and adult education. During her ten-year library career Erin has worked in a number of roles focused on teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Most recently she has engaged in a number of partnerships across UBC on open badge credentials, Wikipedia-based assignments and edit-athons, open education practices, and content curation strategies for open repositories. At UBC Library, Erin provides library support for the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and supports flexible learning projects across UBC. Her current research areas include the study of student refugees’ information worlds and grade 4-12 social studies teachers use of digital primary sources from academic libraries.
Peggy Lunn’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University and a Masters degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto. Additional graduate studies in Public Administration were pursued while at the Education Library at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Several years of classroom teaching experience accompany experience in library settings ranging from information services, collections, operations and finance, instruction and course writing, consultant, and administrator. A prior active member of the Ontario Library Association and the Ontario Teacher Education Librarians Association, Peggy has continued her approach to professional development through service here in British Columbia by joining BCLA, presenting at the 2017 conference in Vancouver, and serving as the co-director of the BCALS Education Committee. Through all of the forms and variations her career has taken over the last 25 years, some things have remained constant: a love of supporting others in their learning, a commitment to personal and professional growth, and a core belief in Libraries as service organizations.
Wendy Traas is a reference librarian at the UBC Education Library. In this role she provides research support to the Faculty of Education community, develops the collection of research and curriculum materials, and designs instructional workshops. In the past two years at UBC she has collaborated to introduce two new collections to support the objectives of the BC K-12 curriculum: the UBC Seed Lending Library and the Makerspace Collection. Her interest in innovative educational technologies has led to the development of a library literacy session for teacher candidates using augmented reality, which was funded by a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant. She has contributed to excellence in the workplace by chairing a working group to implement a new mentorship program for UBC librarians and M&P staff. Wendy has an MA in sociology and holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto. She has worked at the University of Toronto Mississauga, York University, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Prior to a career in librarianship, Wendy led the creative design and business management of an eco-friendly clothing company. She welcomes opportunities to dust off her sewing machine in her spare time.