Rochelle Mazar

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Master of Library and Information Science, Western Univ.


Master of Theological Studies, Harvard University


Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University


Work Experience

Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement

April 2016 – January 2020

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries

  • Supervise the department heads of the units within Academic Engagement
  • Manage Academic Engagement budget
  • Collaborate in organizational decision-making as part of the Strategic Leadership Team
  • Lead student space redesign projects, focusing on student, faculty, and library staff engagement
  • Partner with SLT colleagues on key strategic projects, like the website redesign

Direct Reports:

  • Head of Outreach, Learning and Research Services
  • Somerville Director of the Science & Engineering Libraries
  • Head, Art/Music Library
  • Director of Service Strategies
  • Director, Digital Scholarship Lab
  • Director of Library Assessment
  • Director of Research Initiatives

Indirect, Dotted-Line support to:

  • Director, iZone

Outreach, Learning & Research and Science & Engineering = Outreach Team

The Outreach Team is focused on faculty communication, library instruction, and research support, and includes growing program of pop up services and learning experiences, an information literacy escape room project, and a yearly Comic Con in the library showcasing student work, anda broad skills on-ramping program called Tinkerspace.

  • Liaison librarians in the humanities and social sciences (OLR), and the Science & Engineering Libraries
  • Responsibility for two facilities are included: Carlson Library and the Physics Optics and Astronomy Library)
  • Science & Engineering Includes a Data Librarian

Art/Music Library

The Art/Music Library includes a space and a service point,  AV reserves and streaming services, a growing gaming and game system collection.  The Head of the Art/Music Library organizes a yearly conference at the University of Rochester called Breaking Boundaries on gaming in teaching and research.

Patron Services & Q&i Service Points

Includes  ILL, course reserves, and  the coordination of all library service points.

Digital Scholarship Lab and Studio X

Digital Scholarship Lab, a high tech unit that supports innovative faculty research, builds cutting edge digital projects like Mediate,  a video annotation and metadata creation tool, the Hunt-Lenox Globe in 3D, a collaboration with the New York Public Library, a budding photogrammetry initiative, and leads a new Digital Pedagogy Workshop for faculty. Currently in development:  an AR/VR space called Studio X, to be overseen by the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, and located in the Carlson Science & Engineering Library.

Library Assessment

Director of Library Assessment is tasked with working across the libraries to assess services and projects, provide accurate data on the use of library spaces, and creating a culture of assessment.

Research Initiatives

A new and growing portfolio that is focused on research impact, in response to a critical university priority. The first project for this portfolio employed the Outreach Team to introduce ORCID to faculty and help them create their profiles, and included the development of  a tool that grabs ORCID information and inserts it into the faculty activity tracking system. This unit originated in Academic Engagement under my leadership, and was transferred this spring to the dean because of its high-profile successes and impact.


The iZone is  pre-incubator innovation space and team who provide undergraduate students with opportunities to explore ideas through design thinking principles.

Coordinator of the Digital Academy 

January 2015 - April 2016

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries

  • Coordinated the three day Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians (July, 2015)
  • Designed and delivered The Digital Academy, a three day intensive active learning program for library staff focused on media creation using online tools (July-August, 2015)
  • Created and introduced a regular “quick hit” technology learning program through the Learning and Development Committee
  • Worked with faculty, students, and library staff to co-develop a gaming lending collection out of the Art/Music Library
  • Coordinated the Lam Square renovation project, and related adjacent projects, ensuring that all library staff, and interested faculty and students, were able to engage in and help shape the project
  • Facilitated “Deep Dives” with Patron Services and Outreach, Learning and Research in order to provide vision- and future-driven feedback to the Rush Rhees staff space plan

Emerging Technologies Librarian

March, 2009 – December, 2014

University of Toronto Mississauga

  • Led in the design, implementation, and provision of innovative and sustainable instructional technology front line services
  • Designed and delivered innovative and sustainable faculty support services
  • Supervised the design and provision of instructional technology training to library staff
  • Provided one-on-one consultation and support to faculty using instructional technology
  • Consulted on division, campus, and university-wide technology decisions and issues
  • Planned, coordinated, and/or led roll-outs of library, instructional technology, or campus technology projects
  • Designed, coordinated, and led new technology discovery programs for library staff, with an eye towards building confidence and capacity with new trends
  • Discovered relevant emerging technology, collaborative, and social media, and technology/physical space integration trends, and share them to the library and the campus

Instructional Technology Liaison Librarian

 June, 2005 – March, 2009

University of Toronto Mississauga

  • Promoted, encouraged and supported the use of instructional technologies
  • Investigated best practices, explored how emerging technologies impact the classroom and the student experience, and communicated those ideas to faculty and staff
  • Assisted faculty and students with instructional technologies by providing in class instruction, one-on-one support, and workshops
  • Collaborated with a variety of other campus units on the development of instructional software and programming

Selected Committees

Member, Planning Committee, Annual Institute on Library as Place, OLA

2013 - present

Member, Educational IT Governance Committee, University of Rochester

2018 - 2020

Chair, Planning Committee, RCL/RIT Staff Conference

2016 - 2018

Member, Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries Judging Panel


Chair, Tri-Campus Blackboard Users Group, University of Toronto


Member, Ontario Library Association Advocacy Committee

2011 - 2014

Member, Faculty Hiring Committee, University of Toronto Mississauga CCIT


 Selected Presentations and Invited Lectures

“How to Hire: New Approaches to Recruiting, Posting and Hiring,” with Michelle Arbuckle, Ryerson University and Anne Bechard, Richmond Public Library, Ontario Library Association Super Conference, 31 January, 2020.

“A Dialogue on Highly Specialized, High Tech Library Spaces: Lessons Learned,” with Mish Boutet, University of Ottawa, Conference Presentation, Annual Institute on Library as Place, July 12, 2019.

“Kindling the Spark of Motivation,” Keynote, Upstate New York Special Libraries Association conference, University of Rochester, 13 April, 2018.

“Gender is Never Neutral: All Gender Restrooms,” Lightning Talk, Annual Institute on Library as Place, 10 July, 2017.

“Digital Making,” New York State Library Assistants Conference, Syracuse, 9 June, 2017.

“Engaging Faculty with Courseware,” Education Institute, Ontario Library Association, 13 May, 2014.

“Retro Tech: Using Abandoned Technology,” Internet Librarian International, London, UK. 15 October, 2013.

“How We Stopped Giving Instructors What We Know They need And How That Changed Everything,” Internet Librarian International, London, UK. 31 October, 2012.

Selected Research and Publications

“The Language of Space,” Open Shelf, Ontario Library Association e-magazine. October 14th, 2014.

“We and the Screen: Innovations in the Design of High-Tech, Collaborative Spaces.” Research leave project report and documentation.

“How to Flip your Classroom.” University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires. (September, 2013).

“Five (plus one!) web resources to inspire your teaching,” University Affairs Magazine. (January, 2013).

 “Libraries and Social Media.” Access (Ontario Library Association). Winter 2010: 10-12.


Mazar, Rochelle and Nolan, Jason. “Hacking Say and Revising Eliza: Lessons from Virtual Environments.” Innovate: Journal of Online Education. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 5, 2(2008/2009).


Mazar, Rochelle. “Teaching and Learning in Second Life,” Foreword. University of Toronto Mississauga: Fall, 2007.


Mazar, Rochelle. “Chapter 45: Slash Fiction/Fanfiction,” The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Springer, 2005: p. 1111-1120.


Bibliotech. Podcast. University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires. 2010-2014.

Rochelle Mazar