Jennifer is a professional librarian that is currently working as a reference and liaison librarian at Concordia University in Montreal. Her subject specialty is in the area of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics and research interests include leisure reading in academic libraries as well as digital and information literacies. Jennifer also taught SEL 197A “Research Skills for Success” course at Concordia during the 2009-2010 academic year.
She is excited to actually put her Spanish coursework into use in Guatemala and looks forward to working with the teachers and students at the Academy. Jen also blogs at http://jenniferlcyr.wordpress.com/.
Carolyn Doi will graduate from the Master’s of Library and Information Studies program at McGill University in April 2010 with a specialization in Librarianship. Her travels to France in 2001 with the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program developed a curiosity in international travel, while her background in music education fostered an interest in child literacy and instruction.
Carolyn’s other interests include music librarianship, information literacy and mobile technology. She is looking forward to a continued involvement with LWB projects and international librarianship opportunities in the future. Carolyn spends her free time at the piano, climbing mountains and perfecting the art of taiko drumming.
Valli will be completing her Masters in Library and Information Studies at McGill University in April specializing in the librarianship stream. She has been working in an academic library environment for the past few years. Valli is the President of the Librarians Without Borders student chapter at school and has a strong interest in libraries in developing countries.
She started communicating with Steve from Asturias over a year ago looking to volunteer at the school and hopefully in their library. They kept in touch and now that the school is establishing a library, the group is lucky enough to be the first librarians from Canada to visit and help out in any way they can. Valli hopes to learn about the education system as a whole in Guatemala since she believes that this is vital to know if we want the library to be sustainable and suited to the needs of school. Valli’s other interests are rock climbing, hiking and camping. Of course traveling is something she hopes to do for a long time. Some of her favorite countries include South Africa, Namibia & Tanzania and I’m sure Guatemala will be added to that list!
Amanda is a second year MLIS student at McGill. In addition to being the president of the ABQLA student chapter, she is also the chair for the MSPN (McGill Student Parent Network)’s Multilingual Children’s Library and the organizer for Web 2.You 2010. She works part-time at the reference desk at McGill’s Education Library and at the circulation desk at Westmount Public Library. Her library-related passions include everything from children’s literature and collection development to information literacy and technologies in libraries. When she is not studying or reading a good book, Amanda also trains for marathons. You can read her library blog at www.biblioblond.wordpress.com!
Andrea is a soon to be graduate of the Library and Information Studies program at McGill. This will be her first time to Guatemala but not her first to Central America with a trip to Costa Rica as a teenager. Andrea has particular interests in the visual arts and is looking forward to seeing the works be local artists and artisans in Guatemala. She is certain that meeting and working with everyone at the Miguel Asturias Academy will be a phenomenal learning experience.
MLIS graduate as of April 2010 and is taking the next steps regarding future librarianship and knowledge management. Alanna has a background in political science and philosophy. She has strong interest in technology and using technology to promote the spread and freedom of information. She is excited to learn more about such issues and about the learning experience that this trip will provide.
For this trip she is planning on recording some of the experience for audio play on this blog and her local campus-community radio after the trip has been completed. She is uncertain about how these recordings will turn out, but is sure that (regardless) it will be a fun process!
Robyn’s academic background is in language evolution and neurolinguistics, and her Master’s work at the University of Ottawa focused on investigating the evolution of word order. In addition to an MA Linguistics, she holds an Honours BA in Linguistics and a B.Sc in Mathematics. Throughout her academic career, she has been heavily involved in student journalism and animal rights activism.
Robyn chose McGill’s MLIS program partly because of the Librarians Without Borders chapter here (it certainly wasn’t because of Montreal’s weather). She is thrilled that this pilot project has taken off so successfully and has received support from the School of Information Studies, the McGill community, and Librarians Without Borders. Along with two classmates, Robyn developed a working collections development policy for the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy’s library and is currently involved in selecting titles for the upcoming trip to the Academy.
Robyn hopes to harness the passion, dedication, and technical skills of next year’s crop of MLIS students to continue the partnership between Librarians Without Borders McGill and the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy and make this pilot trip into a long-term project.
Aude will complete her Masters in Library and Information Studies at McGill’s School of Information Studies in April 2010 with a specialization in Librarianship. She is the President of the McGill Library and Information Studies Student Association (MLISSA). Aude has a strong interest in public libraries and works part-time at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre and the Jewish Public Library. She really enjoys swimming, downhill skiing and reading romance, science-fiction and fantasy novels. She is also very much looking toward to this trip!
Ryan is deeply interested in prospects for universal access to knowledge and culture. He is keen on open access, digital connectivity in remote places, and rethinking intellectual property. He has worked in human rights in Nepal, schools in Kenya, and prospecting camps in the Klondike. He has an interdisciplinary perspective and is currently engaged in a variety of social entrepreneurship projects: a web project aiming to re-vitalize local music markets, an experiment with models of micro-patronage as a means of funding creative works, a project to establish solar powered internet centres in remote libraries in Africa, and a micro venture capital firm aiming to support budding social enterprises . He studied drama and psychology as an undergrad at Queen’s and is now finishing the first year of his MLIS at McGill. His real education has come from listening to thousands of hours of podcast lectures and audio-books while hiking through swamps and o’er mountains in the Yukon.
Elizabeth holds a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan and has just finished the first year of her MLIS at McGill. Her interest in literacy issues first developed during her undergraduate studies, while working as a tutor for the America Reads Tutoring Corps. Her other information-related interests include museum studies, data visualization and international librarianship. She enjoys travel, dance and photography in her free time and looks forward to documenting the trip with her camera.
Luke will complete his MLIS at McGill University in April with a specialization in Archival Studies. His educational background is in Religious Studies, Photography, and Women’s Studies. He enjoys traveling and volunteer work and is therefore greatly looking forward to the upcoming trip. He has traveled and lived in the United States, Japan, and Canada. He currently volunteers at the CCGLM’s Open Book Library and the Jewish Public Library Archives. More comfortable behind the camera than in front, Luke will document and share his experiences in Guatemala using his digital camera.