For many years I was the Chief Librarian and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Guelph where I'm now a Librarian Emeritus. Currently I'm a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University researching explainable AI (XAI) and algorithmic literacy.
Prior to my appointment at Guelph I held positions at the University of Waterloo (Associate University Librarian) and McMaster University (Head of Systems and Technical Services, Health Sciences Library). My professional career as a librarian began where it ended. My first appointment as an academic librarian was a Guelph where I served as a Reference Librarian, Catalogue Librarian, and Library Systems Analyst.
I believe strongly in the power of collaboration and the role of professional organizations in facilitating that work. In support of that I have held executive positions and served on the Boards of a number of associations and organizations: Canadian Association for Information Science, Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Ontario Library Association, Canadian Library Association, Board of Governors (University of Guelph), Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, and Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers. I am or have been a member of many others.
Professional associations and like-minded organizations are critical to the advancement of library and information science. I urge you to join and be involved.
Apparently I have an obsession with the alphabet. I collect wooden alphabet blocks, and wooden and metal type. Go figure.