The Library is pleased to welcome Marian Davies as the Liaison Librarian for Drama and Speech Communication, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Women’s Studies.
In this one-year secondment position, Marian is responsible for all liaison duties for these disciplines, which includes maintaining and developing collections, providing instruction and research support, and fostering ties through outreach and service.
Marian has been with the Library since 1980 and brings a wealth of experience to this position. She has worked in Government Publications, Circulation, TUG Book and Article Retrieval Service, and most recently, in the Dana Porter Library’s Information Services & Resources (ISR) department where she has worked as a Library Associate for the past 11 years.
Since arriving in Porter ISR in 2001, Marian’s responsibilities have included maintaining the reference collection, supporting library instruction, and providing reference service. She has participated on numerous library committees and groups over the years, including the Porter Main Floor Renovation Team, the Web Operational Management Group, and the Library Outreach Group. Over the last year she has focused her energy on user needs assessment projects which have involved conducting usability testing for the Library’s website and search engine. She also regularly contributes to the development of instructional screencasts.
Marian received her Master of Information Studies degree at the University of Toronto in 2010. As a new librarian, she has many fresh ideas to complement her in-depth knowledge of the Library and university. She is also a Waterloo graduate. She received her BA in Fine Arts (Honours), Studio Specialization.
Since this position is graded as “half-time,” Marian will continue with her Library Associate duties as the Library's Virtual Resources Support, leading user needs assessment activities and providing technical assistance for library instruction screencasts.
Outside of work, Marian enjoys knitting, cooking (she collects cookbooks), playing the banjo and cornet, and going to the pool with her 78-year-old husband twice a week. She also enjoys attending to her husband’s plant table, which consists mainly of bonsai, and when time permits, she loves to draw.