Education and Professional Experience

While my professional experience in libraries has been limited to date, I have experience in community development and information management. I hope to apply the skills I have obtained to library work as I progress in my MLIS degree.

EDUCATION

Western University – 2013-Present

Candidate for a Masters in Library and Information Science.

York University – 2009-2013

Graduated summa cum laude with an Honours BA in Political Science and English.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

First Term Representative on the UWO MLIS Student Council – 2013-Present

I represent the Fall 2013 cohort of MLIS students at the University of Western Ontario in the MLIS Student Council. To date I have acted as a mediator for the 2013 FIMS Con graduate student conference and will participate in further Student Council activities.

First Term Representative on the UWO CLA – 2013-Present

I represent the Fall 2013 cohort of MLIS students at the University of Western Ontario in the Canadian Library Association’s UWO student chapter. I have participated in fundraising activities and am the copy-editor for the upcoming MLIS zine.

Secretary for the Eritrean Muslim Youth Council of North America – 2012-Present

The EMCY is binational group dedicated to developing the North American Eritrean youth community. We offer student support, online programming, and collaborate with the General Board in running a yearly convention. As secretary I maintain all documentation for the EMCY Board. I act as a full participant in all board activities, including providing technical support for our webinar education program.

GTA Representative for the EMCY College Campaign – 2012-Present

The EMCY runs a yearly college campaign as part of our student support services. As senior representative for the Toronto region I provide information regarding scholarships and universities to high school students with this area, and act as point of connection for representatives across university campuses. I organize and maintain our campus mentorship program. I also raise campaign publicity via social networking websites.

Humber Hospital Resource Center – Summer 2008

I volunteered at the Humber River Regional Hospital Resource Centre as they digitized their patron records. I transferred patron information to the new computer system and contacted all prior library users to explain the system change and obtain their consent to transfer records.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • York University’s President’s Scholarship (2009-2012)
    • (awarded to top 14 incoming students)
  • Brampton Women of Science Scholarship (2009)
  • Eritrean Muslim Council Undergraduate Scholarship (2009)
    • (given to students who distinguished themselves via academics, community service, and a written essay detailing ideas for developing the Eritrean community)
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