UBC Arts Co-op Program

iSchool Conference

Agenda & Location – January 14th, 2017

9:15-9:45 AM
9:45-10:15 AM
10:15-10:45 AM
10:45-11:00 AM
11:00-12:00 PM
Student and Employer Panel on Job Applications and Interviews
12:00-1:15 PM
20 minute 1-on-1 meetings/Lunch Break
1:15-2:30 PM
Group Networking
2:30-2:45 PM
2:45-3:45 PM
Student/Alumni/Employers Panel on Career Transitions
3:45-4:00 PM
Wrap Up

Dress code: The dress code for the event is business casual as employers who hire from our program will be at the event.

Please remember to bring the following:

  • A water bottle and any other special snacks you may wish to eat during the day with you (Some snacks and drinks for the morning as well as lunch are provided)
  • A phone, laptop, or other device that you can text or access the internet from for the conference evaluation (we will bring a few paper copies for those who do not have a device to use for this)


Graduate Student Centre Thea Koerner Lounge


Saturday, January 14th, 2017. The workshop is from 9:45AM – 4:00PM. Registration will start at 9:15AM.


If you are driving to the event, the closet parkade is the Rose Garden Parkade.


Helen Brown

Helen Brown is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of British Columbia. Helen provides research and instructional support to students, faculty, and staff as the liaison librarian for the BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre; the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, Obstetrics and Gyneacology, and Pediatrics; as well as the Dental Hygiene and Midwifery Programs. Much of her work involves teaching advanced research skills and systematic review methodologies, which helps to further medical research and training opportunities for students and care providers. Helen provides curriculum support and collection development, as well as contributing to wider UBC Library initiatives, including supervising Student Librarians and Professional Experience Projects. Helen completed the Dual MLIS/MAS degrees at the UBC iSchool in 2013, during which she held two co-op positions. Helen is currently the CE Director of the Health Libraries Association of BC and is a founding member of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Oral Health Interest Group.

Manami Calvo

Manami attended SLAIS from 2005-2007 and graduated with a MLIS. While at SLAIS she completed a co-op term at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which she believes changed her planned career trajectory from Children and Youth Librarianship to Privacy, Access to Information and Records Management. After graduating from SLAIS, Manami worked as a records supervisor at the RCMP’s Administrative Records department as well as an analyst at the BC Hydro’s Freedom of Information Coordinating Office. Since 2012 she has been the Manager of Information, Privacy and Access at the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Although no longer an “official” student Manami is passionate about life-long learning and continues to grow her professional knowledge in the areas of privacy, access, records management and leadership.

Fiona Chiu

Fiona is the Knowledge Services Manager for the Physiotherapy Association of BC. In this role, she supports physiotherapists and staff by providing services that connect them to evidence-based resources and instructional support in using them effectively in their practice, education and research. She graduated from SLAIS in 2012. While enrolled as a student, she held two co-op positions that helped her discover her passion for working in both health and public sectors. One was at UBC’s Woodward Library, and the other was at the Richmond Public Library where she continues to work as an auxiliary librarian. Fiona is an active member in the library community, serving as the Vice President of the Health Libraries Association of BC (HLABC).

Taryn Day

Taryn Day (MAS) is currently the Sample Librarian and Archivist with lululemon athletica, an international athletic apparel company based and originally established in Vancouver. Taryn manages the lululemon design library and archives – an entirely garment-based archives and reference library that exists to provide a full garment history of the company from its inception in 1999 to present day. She joined lululemon in 2014, and created the infrastructure and operations of the design library as it exists today. Additionally, she acts as an archival consultant for a wide variety of departments in the business, providing guidance on records management practices in addition to supporting teams with historical research about the company itself. Taryn graduated from SLAIS in 2014 from the MAS program. Throughout her time at SLAIS, Taryn participated in several experiential learning opportunities, including as an archives assistant for the Museum of Anthropology through the Work Learn program and an archives assistant with New Westminster’s Museum and Archives through the UBC Co-op Program. Skills learned through the variety of archival institutions that Taryn has been a part of are incredibly adaptable to even the most non-traditional archival repository, and she credits her experiences throughout her time at UBC with providing a solid foundation upon which the lululemon design library and archives has been built.

Kimberly Fama

Kimberly Fama first joined the David Lam Library as a co-op Student Librarian, which helped her take the first step towards uniting her passions for business and librarianship. After graduating form UBC with a Master’s Degree in Library Information Science in 2015, she came on board full-time as one of the library’s Reference Librarians, where she provides instruction and reference assistance in business resources and research strategies to Sauder School of Business students, faculty, and staff, as well as to others who require use of the library’s collection and services.

Kimberly holds many years of experience in commerce, including a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a specialty in Legal Management. She is always looking for new ways to use the latest business concepts and best practices in the field of librarianship. Her interests currently include evidence-based librarianship, marketing, and communications.

Jennifer Jansen

jenniferJennifer Jansen (MAS) has been with the Tsawwassen First Nation as the Records Analyst since 2010. Along with her main role of managing the RIM program for the Tsawwassen Government, she also manages the TFN’s Registry of Laws, website and social media, and is the government’s FOI officer. While working at TFN, Jennifer supervised a number of information management projects including a project to digitize oral history tapes with a grant from the UBC Indigitization program, and an on-going project to inventory the records of TFN’s former Treaty Department. Jennifer graduated from SLAIS in 2003 with a Master of Archival Studies degree with a First Nations Concentration. Previously, she worked for the District of West Vancouver as an Assistant Archivist, for the City of Vancouver as a Records Analyst, and as a Claims Researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Resolution sector of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Willow Keeling

Willow is the Information and Records Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Operations Directorate (EPOD) at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). She started her unique role as an embedded IM specialist within EPOD as a co-op student in 2012 and worked on an assortment of information management projects for other ECCC directorates before being rehired by EPOD in September 2013. The department is currently undertaking many IM/IT changes and initiatives including: the implementation of a new file plan; the disposition of legacy records; and the migration of program SharePoint sites. Supporting program staff through these changes has provided her with plenty of challenges and opportunities to apply and expand the skills and knowledge that she gained at SLAIS and train staff about the benefits of implementing good IM practices in the workplace. She enjoys collaborating with other IM experts in ECCC as well as program staff and the variety of interesting projects that she is involved with. In fall 2016, she was involved in the hiring and supervision of an excellent SLAIS co-op student who has returned in January to work with her as a casual employee. Before coming to SLAIS, Willow taught English in Japan for three years where she became a big fan of sumo and completed a M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Calgary.

Brett Lee

Brett Lee has been a User Experience (UX) Designer at the University of British Columbia for just over five years. Originally a member of the Student Communications Services team at UBC Vancouver, in fall 2014, Brett was seconded to the Student Academic Systems Initiative (SASI), a massive undertaking to replace UBC’s current Student Information System (SIS) technology. Since that time, Brett has been committed to ensuring that user experience is a critical consideration in UBC’s planning and requirements definition process. Just last term, Brett completed his MLIS program requirements at the iSchool, concluding a four-year endeavour handled part-time while working full-time at the University.

Brett is a huge advocate of experiential learning opportunities and, in particular, Co-op. In 2015, SASI’s first UX Co-op student (from SLAIS) won the iSchool (SLAIS) MLIS Co-op Student of the Year award for her outstanding work and recommendations. The SASI UX team has just hired their third Co-op student for an eight-month work term, and intends to hire several more in the coming years, as SASI approaches design and implementation.

Samantha Mills

Samantha Mills is currently the Acting Assistant Manager for Program Planning & Evaluation at the Vancouver Public Library. In her current role she supervises five direct reports and three programming teams, and coordinates system-wide collection and analysis of program evaluation data. She is currently leading a review and revision of VPL’s digital literacy learning programs for adults. She also oversees and supports arts, culture & film focused events at VPL, as well as programs for newcomers, multilingual patrons, and ESL learners. Samantha’s regular role at VPL is as a Programming & Learning Librarian, working on digital literacy programs as well as programs for book lovers and aspiring writers. She has also held positions at VPL as a Digital Collections Librarian, Auxiliary Librarian, and Writing & Book Camp Coordinator. She graduated from SLAIS in 2014 with an M.L.I.S., and previously earned a B.A. (Hons) and B.Ed. from Simon Fraser University. While at SLAIS, she completed three co-op work terms. One of these was as a Curatorial Assistant at the Burnaby Art Gallery, accessioning and digitizing artworks as well as revising and implementing emergency procedures for the collection. The other two were in the UBC Research Commons, where she delivered a variety of technology workshops for graduate students and faculty, developed and revised web content, and took a leadership role in promoting Research Commons services. She also worked as a research assistant for SLAIS faculty members during her studies, and has held positions as a student librarian and limited term librarian at both the SFU and UBC libraries. Samantha has co-authored articles for BCLA Perspectives and the International Society for Knowledge Organization, and co-hosts S.S. Librarianship, a bimonthly podcast, with Allison Sullivan.

Adrienne (Bobbie) Morrisson

headshotAdrienne “Bobbie” Morrison graduated from SLAIS with her MLIS in May of 2015. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University. At SLAIS, she focused primarily on gaining applied experiences and connecting her Anthropology degree with library studies. She discovered the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, and the UBC Arts Co-op program, and that connection was made! Adrienne accepted a one-term co-op position as an Archivist with Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in North Vancouver, and after two more co-op terms, she has been working there as first the Archivist and now the Records Manager ever since. Her position is mostly self-directed, project-focused work as she develops a centralized records management system for the Nation. Prior to Tsleil-Waututh, she worked as a student librarian at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, as a research assistant at SLAIS, and as an archaeological collections curator at Wake Forest. She has turned providing accessible systems that reconcile traditional concepts of information management with the traditional knowledge of First Nations communities into an exciting career and recently accepted a contract position as project Archivist for Williams Lake and Soda Creek First Nations. Adrienne credits much of her success in this career trajectory to the UBC Co-op Program and the opportunities it provided. Adrienne serves as Treasurer of ARMA Vancouver, is on a planning committee for a First Nations RIM symposium, and is training for her first half-Ironman next year.

Faina Ajab Noor

Faina has been working with the RCMP since September 2015. She started off as a co-op with Administrative Information Management and after a stint with Operational Information Management; she was bridged in to return to AIM as a full-time IM Specialist. Aside from her work with the RCMP, Faina is also an officer in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, an organization she has been a part of since she was 13. She helps out with daily training and monthly weekend camping trips. Faina enjoys volunteering with the Army Cadets, as it helps children ages 12 to 19 AIM to become better citizens. Faina is a recent graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley with a BBA.

Anne O’Shea

Anne O’Shea is the Manager, Programming & Learning Services at Vancouver Public Library. She joined VPL in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles including digital licensing, digital services, project management and branch leadership. Now as the manager, programming & learning, her team is responsible for all public classes, workshops, events and tours and she leads the Inspiration Lab, the Writer in Residence and Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence programs, and associated library services. She has been involved in a wide variety of hiring and recruitment activities, including interviewing for front line, supervisory and management roles. She has worked in academic, public and special libraries. Anne holds a B.A. (English Literature and History) from Simon Fraser University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Women’s Studies from Langara College. She is a graduate of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Summit and is a fellow in the Canadian Urban Public Libraries’ Public Library Leaders 2016-2018 cohort.

Kimmy Parhar

Kimmy Parhar graduated from Kwantlen University College’s Criminology Program and has been with the federal government since 2010. He started as a temporary worker and won a competition for a permanent position in the Health Canada mailroom. He was quickly able to move up to Senior Classifier and then Acting Supervisor for the unit, before leaving to work for the RCMP’s Operational Information Management (OIM) section in July 2015. As part of his work, Kimmy is responsible for training and mentoring new staff (including 3 new co-op students who just started in the new year 2017) in information management (IM) policy and best practices with operational records in the RCMP’s “E” Division Headquarters. He is also responsible for IM presentations to staff and regular members during OIM Detachment Visits across the province.

Jana Purmalis

Jana Purmalis is the Library and Information Services Manager at BGC Engineering, a leading Vancouver-based consulting firm specializing in applied earth sciences. Jana joined BGC in 2014 and is responsible for providing visionary and strategic leadership, as well as oversight of all aspects of BGC’s library administration and operations. Her library team provides a full range of library and information services, including reference, research, training, cataloguing and information management. Jana currently supervises three library team members and has been actively involved in the recruitment, interviewing and training of library staff. Jana also managed the recent upgrade and roll-out of BGC’s Microsoft SharePoint-based intranet. This project included the redesign of the intranet’s underlying information architecture, as well as user experience testing, change management planning and technical support. Previously, Jana worked as an Information Analyst at the Ontario Securities Commission. Jana holds a Master of Information, Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto and a BA in Geographic Analysis from Ryerson University.

Larissa Ringham

Larissa Ringham is a Digital Projects Librarian in the UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives unit. She holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia. Larissa manages a variety of digital projects at UBC including digitization and web archiving projects, and is involved in partnerships with faculty and student groups to develop digital humanities initiatives at the Library and beyond.

Elizabeth Shaffer

Elizabeth Shaffer is the Curator and Information Manager for the newly established Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC. Formerly, the Director of Collections at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, she is also a doctoral candidate at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at UBC. Her dissertation research focuses on the policy, practice and recordkeeping implications of emergent technology use in the Canadian government. Her research interests include critical enquiry into how information policy and practices emerge and evolve in contemporary digital spaces, with particular attention to social justice issues and collections that document traumatic human events. She led a team that developed an integrated collection management system (incorporating archives, library, museum and testimony collections) that strives to put the user at the centre of the collections experience and broaden contextual capacities and understandings across information disciplines.

Tania Thomas

Tania graduated with her MLIS from UBC in April 2016. During her time at SLAIS, she completed a four-month co-op with Environment Canada Libraries in Saskatoon, SK and worked as a student librarian with Children’s & Teen Services at Vancouver Public Library. Following graduation, Tania worked as an auxiliary Children’s Librarian with VPL and Surrey Libraries. Tania has recently transitioned into the position of the Youth Services Librarian and is responsible for outreach to Surrey’s newcomer families. Her work is based out of the Newton Library, and she collaborates with Surrey’s Youth Services team, Outreach Services team, and Multicultural Services team to deliver early literacy outreach services to newcomer families across all of Surrey.

Tania comes to librarianship from the field of public health. She studied Linguistics and Psychology at UBC, focusing on child and language development. During her undergraduate degree, she also engaged in a nine-month community-led research project conducting Indigenous language revitalization research with the Ktunaxa (Kutenai) community. Before enrolling in the MLIS program, Tania spent three years working and volunteering in a public health unit, a private practice, the public school system, and as an independent contractor. In those roles, she focused on improving the outcomes of vulnerable children with disabilities through language therapy and behaviour intervention. Today, Tania works to improve the outcomes of vulnerable newcomer children through community-based early literacy services.

Sabrina Wong

sabrinaSabrina Wong is the Teaching and Outreach Librarian at Capilano University. In this role, she designs and facilitates information literacy classes for undergraduate students, develops co-curricular student success initiatives, and consults on campus copyright issues. Sabrina’s two co-op terms with Environment Canada influenced her decision to work in academic libraries. Due to her work experience in a public library, she thought she would likely become a public librarian, but her co-op position helped her realize how much she enjoyed collaborating with researchers and librarians on in-depth research. After graduation, Sabrina worked as the Outreach and User Experience Librarian at the University of Calgary and the Student Engagement Librarian at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) before recently joining the team at Capilano University Library. Sabrina serves on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Membership Committee and was selected as an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader in 2016.

Warren Wulff

_ww07556-1Warren Wulff is the Library Manager at the Natural Resources Canada Library in Vancouver. This federal government library focuses on the geology of British Columbia and the Yukon, as well as natural disasters and geospatial research. Although primarily serving researchers with the Geological Survey of Canada, Warren’s library is open to the public and is well used by regional mining companies, engineers, and geologists. As a solo librarian, his duties bridge both the traditional and the modern, and technical and professional skills.

Warren graduated with an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. Prior to this, he received his B.Sc. and B.Ed. from UBC and was a high school science teacher. Warren’s library experience includes two co-op terms with the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Library in Gatineau, QC, followed by four years managing the ECCC Library in Saskatoon, SK, before returning home to Vancouver and starting his current position with NRCan in June 2015. His professional interests include information literacy and training, both of library staff and clients, and continuing to develop his reference and research skills.

Next Steps

Students Wanting a Summer (May – August) 2017 Co-op work term:

  • NOW – look at job board if you’ll have at least 21 credits end of April
  • JANUARY 2017 – Book your 30 minute Mandatory Application Review (MAR) through Symplicity
  • FEBRUARY 2017 – Book your 30 minute Mandatory Mock Interview (MMI) through Symplicity

Students Wanting a Fall (September – December) 2017 Co-op work term:

  • APRIL 2017 – Book your 30 minute Mandatory Application Review (MAR) through Symplicity
  • MAY 2017 – Start applying to jobs if you’ll have at least 21 credits by the end of August
  • MAY/JUNE 2017 – Book your 30 minute Mandatory Mock Interview (MMI) through Symplicity

All international students:

  • Apply for your work permit as soon as possible at cic.gc.ca. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid Co-op Work Permit before you commence your first Co-op job.
  • Pick up your letter from the office if you didn’t attend the International Student Orientation session. This letter should include your legal name (i.e. the same name you have on your passport and study permit). If this isn’t the case, you can have Jono or Karen reprint the letter for you.
  • If you have any questions about applying for your co-op work permit, please ask an Advisor at the International House (iHouse).
  • If you were unable to attend the International Student Orientation session, please ensure you review the Co-op Work Permit instructions & tutorial online. Applying for a Co-op Permit is *free of charge* and you must have a valid Study Permit. If your Study Permit will expire soon (before August 2017), please contact iHouse or our office to discuss your case.

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