Program Manager for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Background

Rebecca Shaw joined the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) located in the Chapman Learning Commons in June 2017. She previously worked in Student Services (Residence Life) as an Experiential Learning Coordinator at Simon Fraser University where she focused on developing co-curricular leadership programming and implementing the University’s first ever living-learning communities. Before pursuing her graduate degree in Adult Learning, she worked at UBC as a Research Support Officer and Awards Coordinator with the Office of the VP Research supporting graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty members. During her graduate degree, Rebecca worked as a peer writing consultant at the UBC Writing Centre.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role as Program Manager, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Rebecca oversees the operation of the CWSC including the design, development and delivery of writing support services and other educational programming relating to writing and literacy for undergraduate and graduate students. This includes leading a team of peer writing consultants who provide customized face-to-face support to writers at all levels of proficiency, at any stage of the writing process, working on any type of academic writing. Rebecca and the CWSC also collaborate with faculty and campus partners to provide campus-wide support and engagement around all aspects of academic writing, in and across disciplines. Rebecca is passionate about developing student leaders and creating support programs that focus on students as active life-long learners with an interest in developing their own agency as scholars and writers.

Contact

Email: rebecca.shaw@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 827-5125

Community Engagement Librarian

Background:

Adena Brons is an alumna from the iSchool at UBC with a Masters of Library and Information Studies and Masters of Archival Studies. Her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is also from UBC, in the English department. She has worked previously at the New Westminster Public Library and Simon Fraser University Library as a reference librarian. Her interests include community outreach, information literacy, and open access/open education.

Current Role and Responsibilities:

As Community Engagement Librarian for Business Services, Adena is responsible for the management and development of the Library’s entrepreneurship and community-focused business programs, including the Small Business Accelerator (SBA) program and its extensive web-based research assets. In addition, she is also responsible for conducting outreach with the e@UBC (Entrepreneurship at UBC) program and the broader business community, with the goal of providing collaborative and innovative services within the Library.

Contact:

Phone: 604-827-2670
Email: adena.brons@ubc.ca

Interim Associate University Librarian and Director, IKBLC

Sandra Wilkins

Background

Sandra joined the Learning Centre in this temporary role in September 2016. She is seconded from her permanent position as Head of the UBC Law Library, where she has worked since 1998.  She began her career in law librarianship at the University of Alberta.  While at UBC, she has had experience working with various branches and library administration. She was a member of the Allard Hall School of Law building steering committee with responsibility for all aspects of planning and design, equipment and furnishings, and transition to the new space for the library.

Current Role and Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for IKBLC (including the Chapman Learning Commons, Program Services) and the following library units: Music, Art & Architecture Library, David Lam Library, Education Library, Law Library, and Central Technical Services.

Contact

Email: sandra.wilkins@ubc.ca

Phone: (604) 822-3096

Simon Neame, Director

Simon Neame, Director

Director

Background

Simon joined the Learning Centre in 2003 as Coordinator, Programs and Services.  As Assistant Director Simon was responsible for the development of student support programs and services, building a staff team and the re-establishment of the Chapman Learning Commons. Prior to joining the Learning Centre Simon worked for the Information Services Division of the UBC Library where he was responsible for coordinating instructional programs and services.  Simon also managed UBC Library’s first virtual reference service, eHelp, and was involved in the development of the province-wide AskAway Virtual Reference Service for public and academic libraries.

Current Role and Responsibilities

The Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the UBC Library’s student and community engagement initiatives, library-wide teaching and learning programs and administration of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre including its facility, budget, staff and programs.

Specific duties include:
  • Administration of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre including its facility, budget, staff and programs
  • Administration of the Chapman Learning Commons
  • Providing leadership for the Library’s community outreach and engagement initiatives including alumni
  • Providing leadership for the Library’s student engagement initiatives including student well-being and intercultural understanding
  • Providing leadership for Library-wide teaching and learning programs and distance learning support
  • Support for fundraising within portfolio

Contact:

Phone: (604) 822-3096 Email: simon.neame@ubc.ca

Gordon Yusko Assistant Director

Gordon Yusko Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Background

Gordon joined the team in March 2012.  He returned to Vancouver in 2010 after a pivotal decade working in Silicon Valley as a senior manager at the San José Public Library, which together with San José State University Library operates the largest joint academic/public library in North America.  While there he participated in a range of innovative initiatives including the redesign of community programming and the design of five new branch libraries.  He also co-managed the jointly run Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for five years and during the same period was the senior manager responsible for the public library’s $10 million acquisition budget.  Prior to working in California, he was a Library Consultant for the Province of British Columbia, with liaison responsibilities in the West and East Kootenay regions and the Sunshine Coast.  Earlier in his career he was a reference librarian at the BC Legislative Library in Victoria.

Current Role and Responsibilities

Gordon combines his approach to innovation and library administration with his in-depth knowledge of British Columbia, bringing all to his role as Assistant Director.  His primary responsibilities are community engagement and administrative oversight of the Centre’s physical environment.

Specific duties include:

  • Enhancement of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s and UBC’s community engagement efforts through programs and partnerships, both off and on campus.
  • Participation in redesign initiatives for service points, learning spaces and staff areas in the learning centre facility.
  • Oversight of ongoing facility operations for the learning centre.
  • Participation in the development and management of the learning centre’s priorities and budget.
  • Representing or acting on behalf of the Director as needed.

Contact:

Phone: (604) 822-2298 Email: gordon.yusko@ubc.ca

Student Development Officer, Learning

BACKGROUND

Based out of the Centre for Student Involvement, Erin Biddlecombe has worked closely with the Learning Centre team since October 2010. Prior to this, Erin worked as the Student Development Officer for UBC Engineering.  With an academic background in Higher Education Administration, Erin has been involved in the profession for a number of years and has served on several boards both locally and nationally. Currently, Erin holds the position of BC Chair, Board of Governors for the international professional organization NASPA (National Association for Student Affairs Professionals).  Erin is also a member of the UBC Vancouver Senate as a Convocation Senator for the 2011-2014 Triennium.  In this capacity, she sits on both the Teaching and Learning subcommittee and the Curriculum subcommittee.

CURRENT ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In her current role as the Student Development Officer, Learning, Erin works collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty to promote academic support and enhancement programming for undergraduates at UBC.  More specifically, she oversees the coordination of the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC), the Conference for Learning and Academic Student Success (CLASS), and the Student Directed Seminars Program.  She also co-manages the Library Student Advisory Committee with Julie Mitchell, and the Learning Commons website initiative and funded projects with Julie Mitchell and Cindy Underhill.

Program Services Librarian

Allan Cho, Program Services Librarian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Background

Allan Cho joined the staff in 2008. A graduate of the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) at UBC, Allan worked in public and health libraries before joining UBC Library.   Prior to IKBLC, Allan was reference librarian at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at UBC Library where he was responsible for the subject areas of Social Work, Women’s Studies, and Asian Studies (English language materials).  As a proud Vancouverite, Allan enjoys volunteering in the community in his spare time. He also served as an editor for the Special Libraries Association Western Canadian Chapter’s Wired West.

Current Role and Responsibilities:

To Allan, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre represents a rethinking of the traditional academic library.  Supporting community engagement initiatives and cultural programming at the Learning Centre, Allan designs and delivers programs and services to support the broader community as well as variety of learners and instructors as Program Services Librarian.  Some of the programs he is responsible for include:

  • Social media and emerging technologies initiatives planning & implementation
  • Webcast programming
  • Art Gallery Exhibition
  • Chinese Canadian Stories Project
  • Robson Reading Series

Phone:

(604) 827-4366

Email: allan.cho@ubc.ca/

Community Digital Projects Analyst

Background:

Mike Conroy is a graduate of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and has been involved in digitization efforts since 2009. Most recently Mike was project manager for the BC Historical Newspapers Project in his role as Digitization Projects Analyst.

Current Role and Responsibilities:

In his current role as Community Digital Projects Analyst Mike works to fulfill IKBLC’s commitment to community engagement in the area of digitization. He supports the BC Digitization Coalition in working towards establishing a province-wide digitization initiative and assists Chris Hives in administering the BC History Digitization Program. Mike will also be supporting small and remote communities in their digitization efforts by offering training and coordination assistance.

Contact:

Tel: (604) 827-4960

michael.conroy@ubc.ca

Student Development Coordinator, Chapman Learning Commons

Background

Teri Grant joined the UBC Library team in September 2011.  Prior to that, Teri graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario with an Honours BA in Global Studies and Political Science.  After moving to Vancouver, she worked in Student Housing and Hospitality Services as a Residence Coordinator, and, more recently, as the Opening Day Coordinator.  Teri has an extensive background in student leadership, team development, project management, and event planning.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role, Teri works with fourteen student-staff and eight student volunteers to provide academic support and enhancement to the UBC community through programs, events, campus initiatives, and academic coaching.  As a Student Affairs professional, Teri also works with the rest of the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers team to support and promote student orientation and transition, student learning, and leadership development and involvement.

PHONE:

(604) 827-4811

Aleha McCauley, Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services)

Aleha McCauley, Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services)

Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services)

Background:

Aleha McCauley joined the Learning Centre in September 2008. Prior to that, she worked with the Vancouver Public Library as a Science and Business Reference Librarian, where her responsibilities included collection development, library instruction and tours, and in-depth one-to-one business reference services. In 2007, she also managed the Italian Culture Centre Society Library (part-time), where she lead a small team of volunteers, oversaw the move of a collection of approximately 6000 items, and worked with various departments and committees to plan for the Library reopening for Spring 2009. Prior to completing her MLIS from UBC Aleha was a conflict resolution counselor at the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC where she worked to successfully resolve consumer-to- business and business-to-business complaints in a timely and objective manner.

Current Role and Responsibilities:

One of the key programs that Aleha McCauley is responsible for is the Small Business Accelerator Program which was launched in November 2010. Aleha manages the ongoing development, promotion and assessment of the BC Small Business Accelerator Program, which supports B.C. entrepreneurs by providing access to industry-specific information and resources widely available on the Internet to accelerate business development. Aleha enjoys working closely with community and campus partners to find ways to extend UBC’s extensive business resources, knowledge, and expertise with the goal to support small business development in our diverse communities across B.C.

Contact:

aleha.mccauley@ubc.ca

(604) 827-3906

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