Matt J. Rohweder BA (Hons), MA, MI, PhD (abd)
Contract Faculty Certificate: Orientation to Teaching and Learning, George Brown College, 2015.
Master of Information: Library and Information Science and Archives and Records Management, University of Toronto, 2012-2014.
PhD (English and Book History) University of Toronto, 2007-2012. (All but dissertation status)
Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate, University of Toronto, 2010-2011
Master of Arts (English Literature), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, 2005-2007
Bachelor of Arts, Honours (English Literature, Communications and History), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, 2000-2003
- Technical experience includes: MAM/DAM system, EOS, screencast software, Drupal, AtoM, Adobe Creative Suite and other design software, DB /TextWorks, ILS software, including SIRSIDynix, Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, iMovie editing and production. As well as, learning management systems (specifically, Blackboard), lecture capture and captioning software, HTML/XML editing.
- Working knowledge of Universal Design Learning – including application to information literacy instruction
- Knowledge and experience in curriculum design
- Knowledge and experience using a variety of library and archival descriptive standards
- Knowledge of metadata schemas and standards, including RAD, ISAD(G), Dublin Core.
- Knowledge of library standards including ACRL information literacy standards, AODA accessibility standards.
- Experience in organizing and teaching library instruction classes, highlighting the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources.
- Excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to put together lesson plans and prepare required materials for classes of different skills and year groups.
- Experience with curriculum development.
- Experience developing assignments, exams and classroom actives for post secondary students.
- Reference skills in a variety of library settings, including special collections and academic libraries.
- Highly skilled in cataloguing, including Rare Book cataloging, with excellent knowledge of MARC, Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.
- Expertise in advanced research, writing, editing, and indexing.
- Project management experience and proven leadership ability with strong organizational and communication skills.
- Excellent presentation and teaching skills.
- Reading proficiency in French and German.
- Member of: Canadian Library Association, Ontario Library Association, Ontario College and University Library Association.
Liaison Librarian: School of Design & Center of Business, George Brown College Library and Learning Commons, Toronto, Ontario: January-May 2016; January 2017-Present
Currently serving as the liaison librarian for two academic departments at the college – Center for Business and School of Design – offering library instruction classes, research consultation to faculty and students, and assisting in curriculum development for both departments. In this position, I have helped successfully develop the curriculum for four new degree programs (two in Centre for Business and two in the School of Design). In addition, I strive to embed the myself and library resources within my subject areas by becoming an integral part of the faculty. Responsibilities as a Liaison Librarian include: instructional design – including copyright workshops, collection development, research consultation, research guide development, training reference staff on business and design resources and reference standards, and serving on the Universal Design Working Committee to implement UDL initiatives in the library.
Conference Planner, eLearning in Libraries Symposium in November 2017, Toronto, Ontario: 2016-Present.
Working closely with a team of librarians to organize and put together an annual day-long symposium on elearning in libraries. Duties include: organizing volunteers, arranging venues, planning speaker and breakout sessions.
Part Time Reference Librarian, Bronfman Business Librarian, York University, Toronto, Ontario: July 2016-Present
Currently providing reference services to students and faculty at the Bronfman Business Library at York University through a variety of formats – in person, email, and virtual reference. I am well versed in a number of advanced business resources, including Bloomberg, Vividata, Morningstar and others. I strive to provide reference services based on RUSA guidelines, while also ensuring that reference is UDL compliant. Beyond my work as a reference librarian, I am involved in a number of projects with other business librarians, including the overhaul of the Business Citation Guide. I am responsible for the supervision of student workers and the general management of the library on weekends.
Part-Time Instruction, Reference & Special Projects Librarian: School of Design & Center of Business, George Brown College Library and Learning Commons, Toronto, Ontario: 2014-2017
Working closely with the Liaison Librarian at George Brown College for the Center for Business and School of Design, with a specific focus on developing two new degrees for the Centre for Business as well as continuing to improve reference services for business programs in the library. As well, I am working on curriculum development by liaising with departments to identify and track areas in the curriculum where library instruction and research would most benefit students. Additionally, designed and delivered library instruction classes across the college. Through this experience, I developed a strong familiarity with online and classroom instructional technology programming and services, pedagogy, and instructional design. I was involved in developing an action plan for the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) throughout the Library and its services – this requires working closely with reference staff to develop ways to integrate aspects of UDL in the provision of reference. Other major projects included an assessment of George Brown’s Virtual Reference services. I assisted in redesigning all Business and Design research guides to represent an upgraded platform and increase usability by students. I have successfully worked with the Academic Upgrading program to develop a series of career workshops for students returning to school in the apprenticeship program. Additionally, I redeveloped a number of research guides that are more accessible, for example: http://georgebrown.beta.libguides.com/c.php?g=168199&p=1104958&preview=32a25c5414c42e22aaf1ce6117bce6d4
Major responsibilities included: Organizing designing and coordinating library instruction classes, providing reference both in person, via email and through online chat, delivering learning services in a variety of formats, preparing and updating Research Guides, and assisting to implement LibGuides CMS v.2 as a new Research Guides Platform and updating all research guides to meet AODA standards. As well as, collection development, research consultation, training reference staff on business and design resources and reference standards, and serving on the Universal Design Working Committee.
Graduate Student Librarian Assistant, University of Toronto Archives and Record Management, Toronto, Ontario: 2013-2014
Provided reference services on a daily basis to members of the University of Toronto community and the general public. In addition to reference work, appraised, processed, described and arranged archival acquisitions. Through this experience, I developed strong working knowledge of MARC, metadata and cataloging tools. Major duties included: researching, writing and entering item level descriptions of photographs and negatives into the archive database and entering fonds level descriptions into the university library database, organizing and describing architectural drawings, and completing digitization projects as required.
Graduate Student Intern, AskON Virtual Reference Help, Toronto, Ontario: December 2013 – January 2015
Provided online reference help to college and university students and faculty across Ontario. In addition, I was also selected to conduct a major survey of AskON’s performance measurement metrics that were then presented at the Ontario Library Association Conference. Duties included: delivering reference services through online reference software and AskON’s pilot project: AskON Text, creating and editing a FAQ ready reference sheet for AskON operators, and conducting qualitative and quantitative research on AskON and other virtual reference help services.
Graduate Practicum Placement, Ekstein Holocaust Resource Library, Toronto, Ontario: January 2014 – April 2014
The primary project during this practicum placement was the description, cataloging and creation of metadata for a collection of Concentration Camp testimonials. Also tasked with some training of other practicum students and the provision of reference services to library patrons. Primary duties included: maintaining an online catalogue of primary material, editing and maintaining MARC records, using DDC and LCSH, and the cataloguing other primary material, including rare and original documents.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS
- Invited panel attendee: Business Librarianship, INF 2134: Business Information Resources, University of Toronto iSchool, March 28, 2017.
- Invited Workshop: UDL in the Stacks: The Library, Universal Design and Servicing College Students. Presented at Inclusive Education for All Students, Centennial College, January 18, 2017
- Universal Design Learning and the Library. George Brown College Universal Design for Learning Conference, May 3, 2016
- Forthcoming: “Outreach Resources: Queer Communities. A Guide.” Self-Publication – on-line resource.
- Poster Presentation: “Evaluating Our Services: Comparing virtual reference collaborative performance metrics.” Presented at Ontario Library Association Super Conference, January 2015
- Poster Presentation: Co-authored with Kyra Folk-Faber. “Stealing the Covers: Copyright and the Gay Pulp Tradition.” University of Toronto, Graduate Conference. Presented on 24 March 2014.
- Poster Presentation: co-authored with Keren Dali, Jordan Patterson, Kate Restivo, and Gwen Fisher, Reader Advisory in Academic Libraries. Ontario Libraries Association Super-conference, A Universe of Possibilities, January 29-February 1, 2014.
- Poster Presentation: “Reading Beyond the Closet: The Gay Pulp Tradition and Reader Advisory.” Ontario Library Association RA in a Day Conference. Presented on 15 November 2013.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.