The DG Ivey Library at New College currently conducting a search for an Information Services and Instruction Librarian, and invites you to attend the online public talks by the shortlisted candidates.

Please register online to receive a copy of the link to the online presentation.

Presentation Schedule:

June 23, 3:00–4:00PM: Aneta Kwak
June 24, 3:00–4:00PM: Mikayla Redden
June 26, 3:00–4:00PM: Deena Yanofsky

Presentation Topic

The COVID-19 crisis and the changes, challenges, and opportunities it will bring to academic-life in the fall will demand that Information Services and Instruction librarians bring creative strategies to connect with and engage with students and faculty. Thinking about the position as described in the posting, prepare a 30-minute presentation on how you would engage with, and provide equitable and accessible supports to, New College’s faculty and students. (You can imagine that the library will be open with social distancing protocols and classes will be a mix of in-person and online learning).

The Search Committee will solicit and welcome feedback from the audience, which they will carefully consider in the recruitment process.

Candidate Bios

Aneta Kwak

Aneta Kwak received a Master of Information from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto in 2016. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, which included select courses on Caribbean History and Women & Gender Studies. Aneta is an adaptable, collaborative, and user-oriented librarian with a passion for developing student information literacy skills, supporting research, and improving the accessibility of library services, instruction, and spaces. Aneta has several years of experience supporting the New College community through the provision of information literacy instruction, research consultations, and reference services. She has actively participated in developing and implementing collaborative programing with the New College Writing Centre and the Office of Residence and Student Life, including IGNITE orientation, the Writing Room, Write Night, the Writing Retreat, and Science as a Critical Practice. In addition, she redeveloped a core library service, which provides course readings to students in compliance with Canadian Copyright laws, to proactively make all scanned readings accessible. This led to the publication of a case-study, “An Accessibility-First Approach to Online Course Readers”, in which she explores how libraries can incorporate equitable access into the design and delivery of library services without relying on students to make requests for accommodations, specifically focusing on the provision of accessible scanned readings. Aneta also led a number of initiatives to foster accessibility and inclusion within the New College community and the larger University of Toronto Library system. She led a project to acquire assistive technology for the DG Ivey Library and the New College Writing Centre computers, hosted workshops on creating accessible electronic documents for New College faculty and staff, and collaborated in the development of a three part workshop series on accessible practices for library instruction for the University of Toronto Library community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked closely with New College Writing Centre instructors to transition the Writing Room drop-in space to a new online environment. She also developed and co-authored numerous curriculum resources to help New College faculty and instructors’ transition to online instruction, including the video “BB Collaborate Breakout Groups for Drop-in Hours” and the document “Tips and Best Practices for Online Communication, Sharing and Collaboration.” Aneta continues to develop her understanding of accessibility, inclusion, equity, and universal design and strives to incorporate these principles into library services and pedagogy, particularly in the online environment.

Mikayla Redden

Mikayla Redden is the Research and Development Officer for Centennial College’s newly formed department, The 8th Fire, Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations. She is currently building policy, procedures, and programming for The Place, which is ready to break ground on its permanent (sustainable!) home in Scarborough. Mikayla’s work is guided by the Indigenous Strategic Framework, which focuses on cultivating community, creating equitable access opportunities, Indigenizing spaces and curriculum, and providing cultural experiences and services for students. Prior to accepting a position with The Place, Mikayla was the college’s first Indigenous Services Librarian. In this capacity, she focused on decolonizing collections and programming, consulted on embedding Indigenous perspectives into teaching and learning resources, and worked with college administrators to develop guidelines and frameworks to support the college’s commitment to Indigenize. Based at the Story Arts Centre in East York, she also acted as liaison librarian to The Schools of Community Health Studies and Communications, Media, Art, and Design where she managed collections, led information literacy, and coordinated programming for students, faculty, and staff. Mikayla is passionate about equity, inclusion, and amplifying BIPOC voices in education—something she has been fortunate enough to work towards in her current position, as well as earlier positions with Lakehead University and Saint Mary’s University.

Deena Yanofsky

Deena Yanofsky joined the University of Toronto Scarborough Library in 2017 and is currently the data librarian and liaison librarian for French. Over the course of her career, Deena has provided research assistance and information literacy instruction in the humanities, social sciences, business, engineering, architecture and urban planning at both academic and specialized libraries, worked in rare books and special collections, and co-taught a digital humanities course at McGill University.

Prior to joining UofT Scarborough, Deena worked as a liaison librarian in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill, and the Scott Library at York University. She also taught part-time in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humber College.

Deena maintains currency in academic librarianship through active participation in a number of professional library associations and government initiatives, including the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), where she advocates for open access (OA) programs and digital literacy education nationwide. She is a former President of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA), and a former Canadian standing committee member of the Academic & Research Libraries Section, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Deena is the co-author of a book chapter examining information literacy and scholarly communication skills for undergraduate students, and has authored numerous articles and social media postings on the importance of digital literacy skills for K-12 to life-long learning. Her current teaching and research interests focus on open government, digital literacy and instructional design toward an effective, engaging, and accessible acquisition of knowledge.



Date: June 26th, 2020
Start Time: 3:00pm