Presenter Profile Series: Collaboration from the University of British Columbia

Can you believe that this day next week delegates will be arriving in Honolulu for #IamHawaii?!! Super exciting I think you’ll agree.
This next Presenter Profile Series blog post focuses on a collaboration from the University of British Columbia. Sally Taylor, Arielle Lomness, Mathew Vis-Dunbar and Mayu Ishida are presenting a paper entitled Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery.

Sally Taylor

A little bit about Sally…

Sally Taylor is a science librarian on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. In addition to providing liaison and instruction for the biological sciences, fisheries, and forestry, she is part of a 3-person collections team at Woodward Library where she takes a lead role on monograph acquisitions, donations and collection moves. Sally also co-chairs the ebooks subcommittee that is responsible for purchasing ebook packages and managing the evidence-based acquisitions programs at UBC Library.

Sally has an MLIS from UBC, and a BSc and MSc from Queen’s University, Canada. She has spent her entire 20-year career at Woodward Library except for an 8-month stint as a volunteer librarian at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. She has co-taught the course “Science and Technology Information Sources and Services” twice at the UBC iSchool and has recently published a book chapter entitled “Marine and aquatic sciences information literacy” (in “Agriculture to Zoology: Information Literacy in the Life Sciences” edited by Kuden, Braund-Allen and Carle).

Sally has been a member of IAMSLIC since 2000 when she took the ferry to Victoria to attend the 26th annual conference. She is a Past President of IAMSLIC and currently Chair of the Aquatic Commons Board.

Talk to Sally in Honolulu about…
Aquatic Commons; library collections, especially evidence-based acquisition of ebooks; ukulele; and plans for her sabbatical in 2018 (including a return to the Galapagos).

Mathew Vis-Dunbar

A little bit about Mathew…

Mathew is currently working on term at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, where he liaises with Medicine, Human Kinetics, and Biology.

Mathew graduated with a Master of Library and Information Studies and a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2016. As part of his studies, he worked with UBC’s science library on the Vancouver campus and at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, in Bamfield, British Columbia.

This will be Mathew’s first IAMSLIC conference.

Talk to Mathew in Honolulu about…

Before embarking on a career in librarianship, Mathew worked in horticulture, travelling and working in botanical gardens. So, among a myriad of other interests, if you like to talk plants you can chat him up.

Mayu Ishida

A little bit about Mayu…

Mayu Ishida is a science librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on the Vancouver campus in Canada, liaising for the undergraduate biology program, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. She also engages in research data management initiatives at UBC and as part of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Portage Network. Before working at UBC, she was a research services librarian at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated with MLIS from UBC, and with BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University. This is her first time attending the IAMSLIC conference.

Talk to Mayu in Honolulu about…
While living in Winnipeg, she learned to knit and keep herself warm during the prairie winter. She would like to meet other knitters at IAMSLIC and ask about their favorite yarns and patterns.

Arielle Lomness

A little bit about Arielle…
Arielle Lomness is the Collections Librarian on the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is also the liaison librarian for a range of science programs on the campus. In her position, she is responsible for developing and managing the campus’ budget and resources, as well as participating in the wider institution’s collections decisions. Through her liaison work in the sciences, she began participating in the national initiative – Science Literacy Week – which has allowed her to interact more with faculty researchers and graduate students eager to enter their profession.

She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Alberta, graduating in 2013. Since then, she has become passionate about evidence-based collections assessment, e-book publishing/purchasing models, and digitization.

While she can’t be there in-person – please do reach out to her via email if you have any questions!

The collaboration will present…

Title: Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery

Abstract: Launched in 2014 by a graduate of the University of Toronto who reached out to libraries in his city, Science Literacy Week now partners libraries, museums, and universities across Canada through a passion for discovery and sharing. The week-long event unites inquiry and zeal, highlighting Canadian scientists and science communicators. Librarians at the University of British Columbia (UBC) joined the foray in 2015, venturing out of their comfort zone to organize events and displays celebrating the wonders of science. The first year saw a modest book display and a few exhibits, but the event has grown to include a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a Science Expo, a Living Library, and a coding workshop. We’ll share how this was achieved through collaborations within the library, with campus groups, and beyond UBC. Join us as we explore the secret ingredients that have contributed to a fun and successful annual celebration.
Connect with the group through…

Sally– Email:
Twitter: @sallyjoytaylor

Mathew– Email:

Mayu– Email:

Arielle– Email –

Library– website:
Twitter @ubclibrary


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