The Libraries & Archives welcome two new staff members to the team:
joined the Main Library on a part time basis (Monday-Wednesday) in early November as a Library Technician. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Sheridan College Library and Information Technology programme, as well as the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies programme. Elizabeth comes to the ROM with a wealth of experience, including heading the research library at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, and library technician at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.
Dr. Max Dionisio
joined the H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library earlier this week on a part-time basis (Wednesday-Friday) as our new Far Eastern Librarian. Max graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information with a Masters of Information Studies in 2009. Before coming to Canada in 2007, Max earned a doctorate in Japanese studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, Drawing on History: Tagawa Suihou and Early Japanese Manga Culture
, examined the popularity of Japanese wartime cartoonist Tagawa Suihou and the beginnings of modern manga fandom. Max's other areas of expertise include Japanese premodern literature and Japanese religion. Max comes to the ROM after having spent six years as an Assistant Librarian at Upper Canada College in charge of technical services. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Faculty of Information where he teaches courses on advanced cataloguing and comic books. His current research interests include: CJK cataloguing, Japanese popular culture, Buddhist and Christian iconography, and Buddhist-Christian interfaith dialogue.
The Libraries & Archives welcome Dr. Brendan Edwards
as Department Head; he took office on October 5, 2015.
Dr. Edwards comes to us from the First Nations University of Canada where he was the director of Libraries. Prior to that, he served as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan and as Government Documents Reference Librarian at McGill University. He has also held cross-disciplinary teaching positions at Laurentian and Mount Allison Universities, as well as universities in Slovakia and Romania. Brendan holds a Doctoral degree in Canadian History from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master's degree in Canadian and Native Studies from Trent University, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. He is the author of several publications, including Paper Talk: a history of libraries, print culture, and Aboriginal peoples in Canada before 1960 (Scarecrow, 2005) and Slovakia - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Kuperard, 2011).
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