Profile: Mary Kandiuk: Visual Arts, Design and Theatre Librarian / Senior Librarian York University Libraries Toronto, Ontario

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Role on the editorial board: Editor, Innovations in Practice Section

Some reflections as I look back on my long tenure as an academic librarian at York University. Little did I envisage, when I landed my first permanent library position, the tremendous opportunities that York would provide me for personal and professional growth. As a reference and instruction librarian I have been able to impact thousands of students at critical stages in their academic careers. As the Visual Arts, Design and Theatre Librarian I have supported faculty member colleagues working on a wide range of fascinating projects and, in collaboration with those same faculty members, have built unique and wonderful special collections relating to typography and artists' books. As a librarian with academic status I have conducted research and contributed to original scholarship relating to Canadian authors.

I discovered the power of unions early in my career, and through the varied positions I have held within the York University Faculty Association, I have been successful in securing some of the best terms and conditions of employment for academic librarians in the country. If I were asked what my favourite book is, I would be tempted to say my Collective Agreement!

The child of immigrants, I am a passionate advocate of diversity believing that we need to reflect the communities we serve. I began my career in libraries as a page in the Children's Department of the Bloor and Gladstone Branch of the Toronto Public Library located in one of the city's most diverse neighbourhoods. …


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