Kelly Thoreson

@klthoreson |


Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

University of Western Ontario – London, ON, Canada

September 2015 – April 2017

Bachelor of Arts (With Distinction)

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

September 2009 – April 2014

  • Major: Anthropology
  • Minor: Dialogue in Communication Studies

Publications & Presentations

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario Library Association (December 2015 – present)
  • British Columbia Library Association (November 2015 – present)

Library Experience

Branch Librarian, Brampton Library

Brampton, ON

May 2017 – Present

  • Provide leadership in information services at the branch level, including:
    • training and support for programming, reference and reader’s advisory, and technology use;
    • coordinating merchandising, collection maintenance, and scheduling.
  • Deliver programs on an as-needed basis, including story time and STEM activities.
  • Collaborated with the City of Brampton in delivering a four-week Read ‘N Write Camp. Planned and delivered library tours and programs for all campers.

Library Experience

askON Intern, Ontario College Library Service

Virtual / Remote 

January – April 2017 (Volunteer; Contract)

  • Provide virtual reference service to students attending any of the 11 participating partner colleges of the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).

Student Assistant, FIMS Graduate Library

University of Western Ontario – London, ON, Canada

September 2016 – April 2017 (Contract)

  • Conducted user experience research and testing to inform library website redesign.
  • Redesigned library website using the WordPress platform.
  • Provided front-line library services to members of the FIMS graduate community.
  • Contributed to the library’s social media presence by regularly posting to its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

User Experience Co-op, Western Libraries

University of Western Ontario – London, ON, Canada

May – August 2016 (Contract)

  • Developed a toolkit to support library staff on incorporating user experience principles, research, and design in their professional practice. Tasks include researching best practices for user experience in academic libraries, creating content, and uploading the toolkit to the staff intranet using the Cascade content management system.
  • Supported the Assessment Librarian in managing data from the most recent LibQual survey, including some qualitative analysis, and presenting the results to library staff, which involved being part of the session planning team and facilitating a discussion on themes which emerged from the results.
  • Collaborated with a working group to conduct usability testing on OPAC location codes. Tasks included developing the tests, running an orientation session for library staff who volunteered to conduct the tests, analyze the results, and make recommendations for changes.
  • Participated in planning for fall orientation events.

Library Assistant, Brescia University College

London, ON, Canada

September 2015 – April 2016 (Contract)

  • Provided reference, technical, and circulation, services at the Beryl Ivey Library’s service desk during unsupervised evening and weekend shifts.
  • Conducted research on Open Access initiatives at small and medium academic libraries; synthesized and communicated findings in blog format to contribute to management decision-making surrounding Open Access policies and initiatives.

Work History

Residence Life Information Assistant, Residence Life

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

June 2014 – August 2015

Area Coordinator, Residence Life

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

August 2013 – April 2014 (Contract)

Special Projects Assistant, Centre for Dialogue

Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC

May – August 2013 (Contract)

Marketing and Communications Assistant, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Burnaby, BC

September 2012 – April 2013 (Contract)

Community Advisor, Residence Life

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

August 2012 – April 2013 (Contract)

Features Editor, Peak Publications Society (The Peak newspaper)

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

January 2011 – April 2012

Volunteer History

Volunteer, Learning it Together (LiT)

London, ON, Canada

January – March 2016

Creative Writing Facilitator, YMCA

Burnaby, BC

February – April 2012

Board Member, Peak Publications Society

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC

October 2011 – October 2012