Guest Speakers


Every year our faculty invite guest speakers from many different backgrounds to share their knowledge about specific topics. The School of Information thanks each of our guest speakers for making the time to speak to our students. These are very valuable experiences as they offer new opportunities to learn about the field of information in practice.

If you have been invited as Guest Speaker at the UBC iSchool and would like to be recognized, please complete this online form.


2020 Winter Term 1


Anita Fata, MLIS Candidate
Co-op Student Librarian
Anita Fata (she/her/hers) is the current Co-op Student Librarian at the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi). In addition to pursuing a Master in Libraries and Information Studies at UBC’s iSchool, she volunteers as a coordinator at Out on the Shelves Library and serves as a LASSA Co-President. A daughter of immigrants, she is a first-generation Canadian settler, living and working on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in what is now called Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Course: LIBR 599L
Topics covered: DTES RAP, Metadata, Scholarly Communications.


Dean Giustini | Twitter
UBC Biomedical Librarian
Dean Giustini is an academic health librarian working at UBC library in an academic health centre at the Vancouver Hospital. He teaches information literacy skills, systematic review searching and critical appraisal in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. In 2017, he won the CHLA/ABSC Margaret Ridley Charlton Award for Outstanding Achievement and, in 2018, the UBC iSchool Mary Sue Stephenson Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2019, he was named an Open Education Champion at UBC. He is currently working on research into how medical librarians can support the move to open science.
Course: LIBR 534 – Health Information Sources and Services
Topics covered: Health Informatics, COVID-19


Ethan Plato
Policy Analyst, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC
Ethan is a lawyer working for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, an independent officer of the BC Legislature where he strives to provide proactive and practical solutions to privacy challenges in the public interest. He has worked for all levels of government and practiced law in both the public and private sectors.
Course: LIBR 514J/ARST 565 – Administering Records Under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation
Topics covered: Freedom of Information legislation and practice in BC


Christina Stewart
Assistant Media Archivist, Media Commons Archives, University of Toronto Libraries
Christina Stewart is an Assistant Media Archivist at the Media Commons Archives, part of the University of Toronto Libraries. A graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum, she has worked with collections at George Eastman Museum, Northeast Historic Film, National Steinbeck Center, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and the Canadian National Exhibition Archives. She has taught film preservation workshops through provincial archival associations across Canada. Christina is also an instructor in the Film + Photograph Preservation Collection Management graduate program at Ryerson University teaching Film Materials & Processes, as well as Film Production Processes.
Course: ARST 550 – Management of AudioVisusal and Non-Textual Archives


Ean Henninger | Twitter
Liaison Librarian, SFU Library
Course: LIBR 508 – Information Practices in Contemporary Society
Topics covered: Career paths and precarious labour in libraries


Erin Fields | Website
Open Education & Scholarly Communications Librarian, UBC
Erin Fields is the Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia. Erin was the 2019-2020 Open Education Visiting Program Officer for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC). She is the recipient of the 2018 Award of Excellence in Open Education and the Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellowship with BCcampus. Erin was also one of the 2019 UBC Open Educational Resource Champion recipients, a recognition from the UBC Vancouver Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library.
Course: LIBR 580 – Collection Management
Topics covered: Open Education, Open Access, Complex Research Strategies


Adria Seccareccia | Website
Archivist/Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University
Adria Seccareccia is an Archivist/Liaison Librarian for McGill University’s Rare Books and Special Collections. She was previously the Archivist at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and worked as an archivist at the Ohio History Center in Columbus and the Society of the Sacred Heart, Canadian Province in Montreal. Her work includes reference services, teaching, and archival processing.
Course: LIBR 550 – Management of AudioVisusal and Non-Textual Archives
Topics covered: Architectural Records


Andrea Whiteley | Website
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Whiteley received her PhD from the University of Calgary in Communication Studies. Dr. Whiteley’s extensive research expertise focuses on open access to social sciences research and the public good, knowledge mobilization and research impacts. She is presently working as a postdoctoral fellow on “The Proud Project” at the University of Toronto. This project is comparing disability and employment experiences across five countries. Andrea has recently finished a post-doctoral project at Simon Fraser University, sponsored by Mitacs and the United Way, evaluating the Community Scholars Program, that allows community-based and non-profit organizations to access academic research.
Course: LIBR 559L – Issues in Scholarly Communications and Publications
Topics covered: Evaluation of Community Scholars Program and research impact


Andréa Tarnawsky | Twitter
Assistant Archivist, City of Coquitlam Archives
Andréa Tarnawsky is the Assistant Archivist at the City of Coquitlam Archives, located on the core traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation and the shared traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish, and Sto:lo Nations. Andréa holds a Dual MAS/MLIS (University of British Columbia) and a BMus in Music History (University of Alberta). Their research practice explores the digital preservation of contemporary computer and electroacoustic music, archival representational practices, and the affordances of computational methods to cultural objects and practices.
Course: ARST 515 – Arrangement and Description of Archives
Topics covered: Archival processing and analyzing the external and internal structure of fonds


Bonnie Tulloch
PhD Candidate and Vanier Scholar, School of Information, UBC
Bonnie Tulloch is a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in the School of Information at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on children’s and young adult literature/media, particularly the sense-making practices underlying different forms of fiction, such as adventure and domestic island novels, nonsense poetry, and digital texts like Internet memes. Her doctoral work explores the way youth communicate information through memetic storytelling and the significance it holds for new conceptions of literacy and digital citizenship education.
Course: LIBR 520 – Survey of Literature and Other Materials for Children
Topics covered: The Island in Canadian Children’s Literature (Adventure Novels vs. Domestic Novels)


Nick Ubels | Twitter
Community Engagement Librarian, UBC Learning Exchange, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Nick Ubels (he/him) is a Community Engagement Librarian at the UBC Learning Exchange and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre working alongside community members in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He believes that libraries can have a transformative impact when their work is community-led and focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Course: LIBR 506 – Human Information Interaction; LIBR 580 – Collection Management; LIBR 559L – Issues in Scholarly Communications and Publications
Topics covered: Community-engaged librarianship


Danielle Robichaud
Digital Archivist, Special Collections & Archives, University of Waterloo Library 
Danielle Robichaud (she/her) is a white settler Canadian who lives and works on the Haldimand Tract in Waterloo, Ontario. As a digital archivist in Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library she is responsible for the creation, management, and use of digitized primary resources, as well as improving the online discoverability of archival holdings. Danielle was a founding member of the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Equity Task Force and has served as a board director of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO). In 2018 she was awarded the James J. Talman Award by the AAO for her work related to Wikipedia and the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
Course: ARST 575K/LIBR 539H – Personal Archives
Topics covered: Editing Wikipedia through an archival lens.


Jamie Lee | Website | Twitter
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Arizona
Jamie A. Lee is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona, where their research and teaching attend to critical archival theory and methodologies, multimodal media-making contexts, storytelling, and bodies. Lee is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Early Career Grantee through which they are conducting research on community-based archives and archival description practices as well as a Faculty Fellow of the Haury Program for Environment and Social Justice.
Lee has published in Archivaria, Archival Science, the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies. They have also published book chapters related to archival studies, media studies, art & culture, and the history of American sexuality. Lee’s research monograph, Producing the Archival Body, (Routledge, 2021) interrogates how power circulates and is deployed in archival contexts in order to build critical understandings of how deeply archives influence and shape the production of knowledge and human subjectivities.
Course: ARST 575K/LIBR 539H – Personal Archives
Topics covered: Archives, Affect, Bodies, person-centered Archives


Marika Cifor | Website
Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington
Course: ARST 575K/LIBR 539H – Personal Archives
Topics covered: Personal archives, affect, bodies, intimacy.


Sally Taylor

Interim Head, Woodward Library, UBC


Pia Russell, BA, MISt, MEd, MA | Profile
Coordinator, Learning and Research Resources
Education, Children's Literature, and Indigenous Studies Librarian
Course: LIBR 575 - Academic Libraries
Topics covered: Contemporary academic librarianship


Debbie Schachter, MLS, MBA, EdD
University Librarian, Capilano University
Debbie Schachter is the University Librarian and Copyright Officer at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C. Prior to the move to Capilano, Debbie was the Director, Learning Resources & Records Management and Privacy Officer at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. Previously, Debbie was a member of the Senior Management Team at Vancouver Public Library, where she held the position of Director, Technology & Collection Management, and has experience in special libraries, including legal, news and engineering libraries. Debbie is active in library associations and cooperatives, including the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section, and the OCLC Global and America’s Regional Council executives.
Course: LIBR 575 - Academic Libraries


Ellen Schwartz | Website
Ellen writes books for children, ranging from picture books for young children, through middle-grade novels to teen fiction and non-fiction. She also works as a freelance magazine writer and a writer and editor of corporate reports.
Course: LIBR 524 - Writing, Publishing, and the Book Trade for Children
Topics covered: writing Historical Fiction


Dean Giustini | Twitter
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
Dean Giustini is an academic health librarian working at UBC library in an academic health centre at the Vancouver Hospital in Vancouver Canada. He manages the UBC Biomedical Branch Library at the Diamond Health Care Centre and teach information skills, systematic review searching and other topics for the UBC Library and Faculty of Medicine. He has taught courses at the UBC School of  Information, UBC School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and Langara College's Library and Information program. In 2019, Dean was named a UBC Open Education Champion.
Course: LIBR 593B - Information in Times of Crisis
Topics covered:  COVID-19 sources of evidence for librarians & archivists


Erwin Wodarczak | Website
University Archivist (acting)
Erwin is a graduate of the iSchool's MAS degree program (1991). He has been with the University of British Columbia Archives since 1993. Prior to that he worked for the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College at the University of Regina (1991-92). He has also worked for the Provincial Archives of Alberta (MAS summer internship 1990), and the Canadian Airlines corporate archives (1988-89). He was appointed UBC's Acting University Archivist in 2019.
Course: LIBR 579 - Introduction to Archives for Librarians
Topics covered: virtual tour of University Archives work and storage spaces


Helen Brown 
Liaison Librarian, Woodward Library, UBC
Course: LIBR 593B - Information in Times of Crisis
Topics covered: role of expert Information, scientific and health information, and the climate crisis


Susan Parker | Twitter
University Librarian for University of British Columbia; Associate Member of the Faculty UBC's iSchool
Susan E. Parker was appointed University Librarian at the University of British Columbia on September 1, 2017. She was previously Deputy University Librarian and interim Director of Special Collections at UCLA, Associate Dean of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, and held leadership positions at Harvard Law School Library and Tufts University Library. She is a member of the CARL Board of Directors.
Parker speaks and writes on library leadership and disaster planning. She earned a B.A. from Earlham College, an M.A. from Indiana University, a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Capella University, and the M.L.S. from Queens College, City University of New York.
Course: LIBR 593B - Information in Times of Crisis
Topics covered: Library disaster recovery and resilience during disasters


Lisa Glandt, MAS | Website
Education and Advisory Services Coordinator, Archives Association of BC (AABC)
For the last 19 years, Lisa has worked in a wide variety of archival and records management settings including museums, municipal government, academic (both university and private school), and for private organizations. Since 2015 she has been the Education and Advisory Services (EAS) Coordinator for the Archives Association of British Columbia where she delivers workshops and webinars, teaches distance education courses, consults during site visits, and provides support and guidance to archives and archivists throughout the province.
Course: LIBR 579 - Introduction to Archives for Librarians
Topics covered: Archival preservation


Tess Prendergast, PhD
Lecturer, School of Information, UBC
Tess teaches librarianship and children’s literature courses at the iSchool. Before completing a doctorate in early literacy education, Tess worked as a children’s librarian in Vancouver. She has researched, published, and spoken about inclusion issues in public library children’s services for many years. Her current research interests include representations of children with disabilities in children’s books.
Course: LIBR 524 - Writing, Publishing, and the Book Trade for Children
Topics covered: Representation of children with disabilities in children’s books


Sara Ellis | Website
Art Librarian, Music, Art & Architecture Library, UBC
Sara is the subject specialist for art and liaison to the Art History, Visual Art & Theory Department. Her background is in libraries and education: Sara earned an MLIS from UBC and an MA in Art History from Queen's University. In addition to working as an art history instructor, developing curricula and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, she has more than 12 years of experience in public libraries. Sara is active in the Art Libraries Society of North America and serves as the ARLIS/NA Canada Executive Committee Secretary and Northwest Representative, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the ARLIS Northwest Chapter, and the Artist Files Co-Coordinator.
Course: LIBR 575 - Academic Libraries
Topics covered: Fundraising & Academic Libraries


Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of our guest speakers. For privacy reasons, all individuals in this list have given permission to be publicly acknowledged.