Friday, May 22, 2015

Sarah Polkinghorne Selected as Peer Mentor for Librarians' Research Institute

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The Canadian Association of Research Libraries [CARL] recently announced the 2015 Peer Mentors for this year's Librarians' Research Institute [LRI], which will be hosted by Simon Fraser University in June.  We are very pleased to share that Sarah Polkinghorne, Subject Librarian for Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology in UAL's Rutherford Library, has been selected to serve in this capacity.

LRI Peer Mentors have a proven research record and an active, sustained research agenda.  In consultation with program leaders, they develop and deliver the content to participants. The Institute also provides an opportunity for Peer Mentors to connect with the other librarians doing a similar level of research in Canada, and meet institute participants from across the country.

Sarah will be one of five Peer Mentors who provide support to 30 LRI participants.  As a graduate of the program herself, Sarah will offer support and advice from an informed perspective.   She has a strong track record of research, and her current interests relate to librarians' experiences of teaching and the role of information in everyday life. Sarah is a two-time recipient of the award for Best Paper by a Practitioner from the Canadian Association for Information Science. In 2013, she received an award to present her work in Aberdeen at the Information: Interactions and Impact conference.

"It is very encouraging to see continued interest from the academic library community to develop research skills among practicing librarians." said Gwendolyn Ebbett, Chair of the CARL Research Libraries Committee and University Librarian at the University of Windsor. "It is encouraging to see research being published from past Peer Mentors and participants, and we continue to support this important part of our community."

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