Learn more about the new staff we welcomed to the Library this term:
Bibliometrics and research impact librarian, Library office
Jeff is on contract with the Library until July 2018, working with administrators and faculty to understand the impact of Waterloo's research in a quantitative way. After obtaining an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, Jeff worked at the National Research Council in Ottawa, a think-tank in Germany, and at the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. "The best part about my job is that I feel that my work is valued by the university. Instead of pushing a pencil in a cubicle, I feel that my efforts are actually helping the university at a high level." Jeff enjoys long-distance running, mountain biking and travelling; "I once climbed the highest mountain in Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripo, which is the only place in the world where one can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the same time (but you have to turn your head really fast!)."
Acquisitions associate, Collection development
Lauren joined our team of acquisitions associates on August 21, where she assists with the purchasing, renewal, and cancellation of resources that make up the library collections. She enjoys the people she gets to work with and finding and acquiring interesting books that faculty, students and librarians want, "which is wonderful as it often adds to my own reading list." Lauren has a Honours Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from University of Guelph and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Western University. Beyond the borders of Ontario, Lauren "spent some time growing up living in Indonesia, and swam with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia."
IT Specialist/developer, Digital initiatives
Lathangi started on August 2, after working on contract at the Library for some time, and works on the Library's digital initiatives, web sites and other projects. She previously worked at the Perimeter Institute as a software developer. Lathangi says she enjoys working at Waterloo for the "friendly and pleasant culture and coworkers, and I am a big fan of books and love being surrounded by them. Outside of work, I enjoy reading IT books, watching movies, and I love spending time with my family and friends."