We are very pleased to announce that Mikayla Redden and Aneta Kwak have been appointed to the role of Information Services and Instruction Librarian (Permanent Status Stream), at the D.G. Ivey Library.

Many at New College will know Aneta from her time here in a short-term contract role as the College’s Accessibility and Public Services Librarian. Aneta holds a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto, and has previously worked for the CBC, OCADU, and Ontario College Library Services. During her time here she established herself as a leader in developing accessible online library services such as accessible course readings at both the institutional and national level. She also helped to expand the range and depth of information literacy programming at the New College, from New One programming, all the way through the undergraduate experience as well as many collaborations with the Office of Residence and Student Life and the Writing Centre. Her research interests focus on ideas of social responsibility and equity, with a focus on accessibility in libraries and library services. Her co-authored publication An accessibility-first approach to online course readers was published in Reference Services Review in 2018. Aneta’s new appointment began on August 1, 2020.

Mikayla Redden joins New College on September 1, 2020 from Centennial College where she worked bringing The 8th Fire, Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations from a vision to a reality. She holds a Masters of Library in Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Mikayla’s work is grounded in the Indigenous Strategic Framework and seeks to cultivate community, create equitable access opportunities, Indigenize spaces and curricula, and provide cultural experiences and services for students. She has focused on decolonizing collections and programming and consulted on providing Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning resources. Her career, which has taken her from Lakehead University, to St. Mary’s University, to Centennial College has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of diverse collections and information literacy programs that are informed by her passion for equity, inclusion, and amplifying BIPOC voices.

Please join us in congratulating Mikayla and Aneta on their new appointments and welcoming them to New College.