The Library welcomes Gayle Bushell to the Davis Centre Library’s Information Services & Resources Department for an eight-month co-op work term.
In this position, Gayle works on the Davis Centre Library’s Information Desk and divides her time among a handful of major projects. She is currently completing a collection analysis of the library materials to support Waterloo’s nanotechnlogy program and is continuing a project initiated by a former co-op student to implement guidelines for collection maintenance and retention for the Library’s print collections.
Another unique project that Gayle is working on is at the Museum of Vision Science in the Optometry building, where she is assisting with a review of the Optometry Museum book collections and helping develop policies to manage the collection.
“The Museum of Vision Science is a lot of fun,” she says. “There are so many interesting artefacts and while I am primarily working with the book collection, many of which have been donated, some titles are quite old and rare.”
Gayle comes to the Library with a wide range of library experience. “I have worked in a law library, in public and school libraries, as well as in the professional library for the teachers and administrators at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board,” she explains. “Working in an academic library is really teaching me the importance of supporting the work and research of students and faculty and the key role that librarians and the Library plays in that.”
Gayle is currently completing her Masters of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Western Ontario. She also has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Library Technician diploma from Seneca College.
Outside of work Gayle spends her time having fun with her two daughters, ages 8 and 4. She also enjoys attending live music events, playing recreational soccer in the summer, and running throughout the year.
A warm welcome to Gayle!