Posted on February 21, 2010.
President – Claire Lysnes
Prior to taking on leadership of the SLA Toronto Chapter as President in 2010, Claire (MISt, 2004) served as the New Information Professionals Program Coordinator, Membership Chair, and President-Elect in successive order since 2005. She is also Past President of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) at the University of Toronto.
Employed as Portal Manager with the Knowledge Management Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada for over three years, Claire manages the PwC Canada B2B intranet, which services over 5,000 partners and staff, as well oversees several knowledge management related projects. She holds both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) designations.
Claire is looking forward to leading the Chapter and connecting with its members throughout 2010. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President-Elect – Jennifer Burns
Jennifer is Collection Development Manager, Western Canada for Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services, a global provider of books and technical services to academic, research and special libraries. Prior to joining YBP in September 2009, Jennifer worked as an Information Specialist at BMO Financial Group’s Institute for Learning, providing reference services in support of learning and development at the Bank of Montreal. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Concordia University. Jennifer has been a member of the Toronto Chapter since 2004, serving as a co-editor of The Courier in 2008 and the 2009 Membership Chair. In February 2009, the Toronto Chapter sponsored Jennifer’s participation in the tenth Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute in Emerald Lake, British Columbia.
Secretary – Emmeline Hobbs
Emmeline, sitting on the executive board for the first time, is looking forward to the year ahead. A recent graduate from the University of Toronto, she began her foray into the real library world while working at the Toronto Star Library for six months upon graduation. She now finds herself happily working in Business Information Services at Deloitte where she provides research and support across the Canadian firm.
Treasurer – Jan Dawson
Jan is Project Coordinator and Virtual Reference Librarian for Ask Ontario (www.askon.ca). In 2010, she will be giving a pre-conference workshop on Virtual Reference and speaking about VoIP reference at OLA’s super conference at the end of February, giving an Education Institute workshop at the end of March, and speaking about VoIP reference at Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, VA.
Technology Directory – Laura Warner
Laura graduated with her MLIS and MPA degrees from Dalhousie in 2007. Soon after that she relocated to Toronto, where she launched her career in the information profession. Her first professional position was with the CBC where she worked as a reference librarian. Today Laura is the Business and Economics Reference and Collections librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Her primary responsibilities include providing research assistance and reference services to students, providing instructional seminars and teaching, and serving as a link for any collections issues.
Laura has been actively volunteering with the SLA since 2008 when she took on the role of New Information Professionals Program Coordinator. She has also volunteered for literacy programs with the Toronto Public Library.
Her outside interests involve reading, photography, languages, travelling and being with her friends, husband and one year old daughter.
Membership Director – Shelley McBride
Shelley has worked as a librarian at the Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre, Industry Canada in Toronto since 2002. A ‘solo’ librarian since 2006, she provides reference/research and collection management services, and is a member of the national Canada Business Information Specialists Committee.
Prior to joining Industry Canada, Shelley was the business librarian at Richmond Hill Public Library. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Programming Director – Heather Brunstad
Heather is a graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Western Ontario. Heather has worked in both academic and public libraries but has found her niche in special libraries and currently holds the position of Manager of Bibliographic and Permissions Services at Access Copyright. Heather is a solutions-oriented Library and Information Management Specialist with strong leadership experience excelling in the fields of technology, research and information organization. Heather has been a volunteer with the SLA Toronto Chapter since 2003.
First Five Years Director – Gillian Horwood
Gillian is the Research Librarian at the Devon Group, a government and public relations firm in downtown Toronto. She also has experience working in medical education, corporate and media libraries. Gillian is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
Past-President – Joy Shanfield
Shortly after getting her MLS degree from the Graduate School of Library (and Information) Science at McGill University, Joy left Montreal with her family to relocate in Toronto, where she has worked ‘happily ever after’ in a variety of library settings.
Currently, Joy is working in Library Services at Toronto Rehab, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Within her group of seven information professionals (4 librarians, 3 library technicians), she is the Information Resources Specialist providing a full range of special library services to staff, students and volunteers at two of the hospital’s five Toronto sites. Joy is a cataloguing enthusiast and has enjoyed successive special projects to add selected card catalogue holdings retrospectively to an ILS (integrated library system), and then to convert the ILS holdings to a more rigorous cataloguing standard for inclusion in the University of Toronto Libraries’ SIRSI catalogue system.
Just before joining Toronto Rehab in 2002, Joy set up a new library for a property and casualty insurance industry association. Prior to that, she was employed for fourteen years in several multi-sized health- and insurance-related libraries in the Ontario government. Joy served a term in 1990-1991 as Chair of the Ontario Government Libraries Council, and acquired complementary public library sector experience during her 10-year involvement with the Town of Markham Public Library Board.
Joy has been active with the Toronto Chapter since 2002, participating on the Advisory Board as a member of the Programming Committee and Registrar, and filling the Executive Board positions of Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect and President.
Her outside interests include reading and collecting mystery fiction, traveling with her husband and friends, investigating and using technologies that organize collections (her family ‘collects’ things), being with and photographing her two wonderful grandchildren