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 Summer Session

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.