CAROLYN DINEEN received a Master of Information (MI) from the University of Toronto with concentrations in Library and Information Science and Critical Information Policy Studies in April 2015. She has worked in school, academic, public, and non-profit libraries. In previous lives, she's gained experience in event planning, freelance writing, copy editing, and deconstructing Shakespearean sonnets.
Currently, she is a librarian in major city centre public library, located in South West London, where she manages and maintains the day-to-day service of the branch's children's library. In addition to planning and leading story and rhyme times, Carolyn is chiefly responsible for children's stock selection and major events programming and promotion. She keeps abreast of developments and publications in children's literature, literacy, and library services, reflections on which can be found on her blog.
As an MI student, she provided reference services at three University of Toronto libraries, giving her wide-ranging knowledge of the campus community and many subject-specific and interdisciplinary resources that support student and faculty research. She is focused on emerging technologies and their role in education and libraries, helping to launch a 3D printing service at a health sciences library and co-created a library professional development MOOC. Her various academic and work projects have furthered her knowledge of online learning, library instruction, collections development, accessibility, children's programming, and educational technologies.
Carolyn is passionate about equitable access, and the vital role libraries of all kinds play in their communities as advocates for openness and democracy. Through her diverse experience, Carolyn looks forward to contributing to the ongoing innovation in the field and to the strengthening of its values.
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