People

Faculty
Full-time Faculty

Cameron Pierson

Cameron Pierson

he/him/his

Lecturer

location_on493 - 1961 East Mall
My teaching and research are informed by my background as an American Library Association accredited librarian. With experience in national, university, legal, school libraries, and ProQuest, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Germany, and now Canada. These experiences have ...Read more

Elizabeth Shaffer

Elizabeth Shaffer

Assistant Professor

phone604 822 2587
location_onIKBLC 478
A critical archives scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer investigates the intersections of race, gender, and digital infrastructures and technologies. Her research questions how information policy, practices and systems emerge and evolve in contemporary digital spaces, with particular attention to...Read more

Eric Meyers

Eric Meyers

Associate Professor | Graduate Advisor

phone604 827 3945
location_onIKBLC 485
Eric M. Meyers is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and conducts research on the information practices of young people in academic and everyday contexts. Eric’s research interests lie at the intersection of information scien...Read more

Erik Kwakkel

Erik Kwakkel

Professor | Director | Minor in Informatics Program Chair

phone604 822 4448
location_onIKBLC 496
I am a Professor at the UBC School of Information where I teach and conduct research on the History of the Book. My primary interests are book design and communication in the premodern world, in particular how information was disseminated and consumed in the age before the invention of the printing ...Read more

Fatemeh Salehian Kia

Fatemeh Salehian Kia

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Fatemeh Salehian Kia is an Assistant Professor of Information Science in the educational leadership stream at the University of British Columbia, where she conducts research at the intersection of technology and education to enhance our understanding of how people learn. She is also an affiliated re...Read more

Hannah Turner

Hannah Turner

Assistant Professor

phone604 827 3927
location_onIKBLC 483
I am a settler critical information studies scholar, and my research investigates the connection between documentation, culture, and technology. I teach in the iSchool graduate program, and I teach two classes in the Informatics Minor: INFO 200: Foundations of Information and INFO 301: Digital Cultu...Read more

Heather O'Brien

Heather O'Brien

she/her/hers

Professor

phone604 827 5842
location_onIKBLC 486
I am a Professor at the iSchool. My research and teaching interests are in the areas of information seeking and retrieval, user engagement with digital media, information access and knowledge exchange. I have an MLIS and PhD from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have spent 20 years s...Read more

Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer Douglas

she/her/hers

Associate Professor

phone604 827 5905
location_onIKBLC 487
I am an Associate Professor at the iSchool, where I teach classes on the archival system and profession, archival arrangement and description, and personal and community archives. My work centers on personal archives – how and why they are created, and how archivists understand, represent and prov...Read more

Julia Bullard

Julia Bullard

Assistant Professor

phone604 822 2843
location_onIKBLC 480
I am an assistant professor at the iSchool and I teach courses in knowledge organization, classification theory, and information systems. My research looks at the way that knowledge organization systems are designed, implemented, revised, broken or fixed. I am interested in the design of organizatio...Read more

Lisa Nathan

Lisa Nathan

she/her/hers

Associate Professor | PhD Program Chair

phone604 822 1574
location_onIKBLC 481
Hello and thank you for your interest. Working for an educational institution that occupies unceded Musqueam territory, each day challenges me to fulfill my responsibilities as a guest on their territory. Part of that work involves (re)imagining ways to define, value, and care for information, st...Read more

Luanne Sinnamon

Luanne Sinnamon

Associate Professor | MLIS Program Chair

phone604 822 0825
location_onIKBLC 477
I am an Associate Professor at the UBC iSchool and served as Director from 2015-2020. I hold a PhD from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, an MLS degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA (Russian history) from Carleton University, and a BA from the University of To...Read more
ON LEAVE
until November 2024

Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

ON LEAVE
until November 2024

Associate Professor

phone604 827 4530
location_onIKBLC 493
I am an Associate Professor at the iSchool, cross-appointed with the Department of Linguistics. I am also an associate member of the Department of Computer Science. My areas of research interest are natural language processing, deep learning, Arabic natural language processing, and social media mi...Read more

Richard Arias-Hernández

Richard Arias-Hernández

he/him/his

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 822 1458
location_onIKBLC 484
I am an Associate Professor of Teaching at the School of Information at UBC. I teach courses on digital libraries, digital collections, information systems, information visualization, data management, analytics, and visualization at the iSchool graduate programs and in the Bachelor of Media Studies ...Read more

Tess Prendergast

Tess Prendergast

Lecturer

phone604 822 5007
location_onIKBLC 494
I am a Lecturer at UBC iSchool, where I teach courses in librarianship and children’s literature. Prior to joining the iSchool in 2019, I worked as a children’s librarian in a large urban public library for over two decades, where my work focused on early literacy support for diverse families, a...Read more

Victoria Lemieux

Victoria Lemieux

she/her/hers

Professor | MAS Program Chair | Blockchain@UBC Cluster Lead

phone604 822 9199
location_onIKBLC 488
I am a Professor of Archival Science at the School of Information and lead of the Blockchain research cluster, Blockchain@UBC at the University of British Columbia – Canada’s largest and most diverse research cluster devoted to blockchain technology. My current research is focused on risk to the...Read more
Adjunct Professors/Sessional Lecturers

Bri(an) Watson

Bri(an) Watson

they/them

PhD Student | Sessional Lecturer

Bri(an) Watson is a disabled, white, queer & nonbinary settler hailing from N'dakina in Aln8ba8dwaw8gan (colonially: New Hampshire), now living in Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ. As a Vanier Scholar at UBC’s iSchool, they focus on information’s histories and the prac...Read more

Dan Farrell

Dan Farrell

he/him/his

Records Analyst

location_onCity of Richmond Archives
I write and teach on the history of record keeping.

Dan Slessor

Dan Slessor

he/him/his

Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Services

location_onLangara College
I am a librarian at Langara College, responsible for managing the Library's communication channels, assessment initiatives, and reference services.

Danielle Batista

Danielle Batista

she/her/hers

PhD Student | Sessional Lecturer

Danielle Batista, BAS, MIS, is a Ph.D. Candidate from the iSchool@UBC. She is a member of the Blockchain@UBC Research and Cybersecurity Certified by ISC2. She has 20 years of experience in records and information management. Her specialties are public records management, electronic and digital recor...Read more

Ean Henninger

Ean Henninger

he/him/his

Engagement and Evaluation Analyst

location_onUBC Department of Family Practice, Innovation Support Unit
After several years working in public and academic libraries in the US and Canada, I am branching out into other roles in postsecondary settings motivated by interests in pedagogy, knowledge translation, assessment & evaluation, and project management. Within libraries, I have researched and pub...Read more

Eugene Barsky

Eugene Barsky

Research Data Librarian

location_onUniversity of British Columbia
Eugene works with the UBC researchers curating and managing research data, from planning to deposit, to preservation. Eugene participates in building Lunaris, a scalable, national research data discovery service and collaborates with the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance), and the Eu...Read more

Fiona Hunt

Fiona Hunt

she/her/hers

Department chair and Instructor

location_onLibrary and Information Technology Program, Langara College
My background is primarily in academic libraries, where I have taught information literacy skills and concepts to postsecondary students and worked collaboratively to integrate information literacy into the institution’s curriculum. In the role of liaison librarian, I have undertaken collection de...Read more

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

she/her/hers

Branch Manager

location_onBurnaby Public Library
I am a manager at Burnaby Public Library where I oversee operations at the McGill branch location and projects for the library system. I've been proud to lead and be apart of projects that launch new library spaces, services, and digital products. My work is informed by creative problem solving and ...Read more

Karin B. Schmidlin

Karin B. Schmidlin

Sessional Lecturer | PhD student

location_onUniversity of Waterloo and Emily Carr University of Art + Design
I am a passionate educator and designer teaching human-centered design courses that focus on developing products, services and systems aimed at enhancing a human's life. In conjunction with my teaching endeavours, I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree at UBC's Faculty of Education, concentrating...Read more

Kathryn Shoemaker

Kathryn Shoemaker

she/her/hers

Children's Book Illustrator, Writer and Adjunct Professor

location_onUBC
After many years illustrating children’s books and materials and teaching illustration I completed the Masters Degree in Children’s Literature at UBC. Then having caught a scholarly bug I pursued a doctorate. The best part of this academic work has been the opportunity it gave me to teach teache...Read more

Kevin Day

Kevin Day

Educational Services Manager | Sessional Lecturer

phone604-822-2461
location_onIKBLC 479

Kristin Kozar

Kristin Kozar

she/her/hers

PhD Student | Sessional Lecturer

Kristin is a proud member of the Hwlitsum First Nation and served on council for 6 years. She is a 2018 Masters of Library and Information Studies graduate, concentration in First Nation curriculum. She has previously worked at what was formerly known as UBC Aboriginal Health and has worked on a pro...Read more

Melissa Salrin

Melissa Salrin

she/her/hers

Head, Special Collections & Rare Books

location_onSimon Fraser University
As an archivist working in and managing special collections, a lot of my work is focused in collecting stories about the local communities, spaces, and places in which we live. I am deeply interested in identifying and enacting strategies to make archives and special collections welcoming, vibrant s...Read more

Rebecka Sheffield

Rebecka Sheffield

she/her/hers

Senior Policy Advisor

location_onOntario Digital Service

Sarah Romkey

Sarah Romkey

she/her/hers

Head of Hosting and SaaS Products

location_onArtefactual Systems Inc.

Tara Fraser

Tara Fraser

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

he/him/his

Monograph Collections and Metadata Librarian

location_onDouglas College
At Douglas College, Trevor oversees the library’s print and digital book’s collection and works with Technical Services for cataloging and processing. He regularly presents at conferences on using tools like Excel and Access in academic collections work. He has worked on projects with the Albert...Read more
Visiting Academics

Syeda Shahid

Syeda Shahid

she/her/hers

Visiting Assistant Professor

My teaching and research interest includes more broadly information behaviour and seeking. Additionally, I am interested to investigate the underpinning philosophical approaches and application of information literacy (IL) instruction, professionals' competencies and IL assessment methods.
Emeriti

Edie Rasmussen

Edie Rasmussen

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Rasmussen is a Professor Emeritus in the iSchool, where she also served as Director from 2003 to 2010. Prior to joining UBC she was a Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also served on the faculty at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore...Read more

Judith Saltman

Judith Saltman

Professor Emerita

Judith Saltman was a children's librarian from 1970 to 1983 at the Toronto Public Library, the West Vancouver Memorial Library, the New Westminster Public Library, and the Vancouver Public Library. She taught at the iSchool from 1983 to 2016. Her areas of specialization include children's literature...Read more

Luciana Duranti

Luciana Duranti

she/her/hers

Professor Emerita

I am a Professor Emerita at the iSchool. My areas of specialization are archival theory, diplomatics, and digital records. My research aims to find solutions to digital record issues that can be universally applied. Since 1998, I have been the Director of InterPARES (www.interpares.org), a multi-...Read more

Margaret Ann Curry

Dr. Curry is a Professor Emerita at the iSchool where she served from 1990 to 2008 in various administrative capacities including Chair of the MLIS program. From 2008 to 2014, she assumed roles at the University of Alberta, including Director of the School of Library and Information Science and Prof...Read more

Mary Sue Stephenson

Mary Sue Stephenson

Senior Instructor Emerita

Dr. Stephenson is a Senior Instructor Emerita at the iSchool where she served from 1987 to her retirement in 2016.  She earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MLIS and Ph.D in Information Science from The University of North Texas. As a Senior Instructor she focused on service...Read more

Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins

Professor Emeritus

phone604 879 3234
Professor Hopkins worked in a wide variety of library settings: School Libraries (Burnaby School District), University Libraries (UBC), Special Libraries (Petro-Canada), Public Libraries (Calgary Public Library), College Libraries (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), and Freelance Librariansh...Read more

Rick Kopak

Rick Kopak

Associate Professor Emeritus

Research Area

Information Design
B.A. (Alberta), M.L.S., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Area

Information Design

Terry Eastwood

Terry Eastwood

Professor Emeritus

- Archivist, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1973-1981 - Adjunct Professor, History Department, Simon Fraser University, 1979 and 1980 - Appointed Assistant Professor in the then School of Librarianship at the University of British Columbia to chair and teach in the newly established ...Read more