I am a recent graduate from Dalhousie University’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. Originally from Aylmer, Quebec, I completed an undergraduate degree at Concordia University with a double major in Liberal Arts and Classical Languages and Literature.

During my time at Dalhousie, I have pursued innovative research in the form of my graduate thesis, “Public Libraries and Search Engines,” which examines the opportunities and challenges presented by online visibility initiatives in Canadian public libraries. I have also had the opportunity to publish my research, most recently in Library Hi Tech News. A pre-publication version of this article is freely available here, in Dalhousie’s institutional repository. A more in-depth article detailing the results of my initial pilot study on search engine visibility, Canadian Public Libraries and Search Engines: Barriers to Visibility, is forthcoming in the ASLIB Journal of Information Management (volume 68, issue 5). I am currently working on various shorter articles about the research I performed for my graduate thesis. While those articles aren’t quite ready, I did recently do a webinar for the Partnership Education Institute’s Bright Young Minds series, which provides an overview of my findings. For those who are interested in search engine visibility but don’t have time to read a 200-page thesis, the whole webinar is available here, and a copy of my slides is available here

While pursuing my graduate studies, I continue to pursue a writing career, with publication credits in journals such as Contemporary Verse 2, 50 Haikus, and Existere Magazine, as well as regular online posts as a contributor to BookRiot.com. My first chapbook, Public Transit, is the Winter 2015 Canadian winner of Leaf Press’ Overleaf Chapbook Competition. 

Please take a look at my resume for more information.

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