Rochelle Mazar

266-971-1227  | rochelle@mazar.ca

 Education

Master of Library and Information Science, Western Univ.

2004

Master of Theological Studies, Harvard University

1999

Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University

1997

Work Experience

Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement

April 2016 – January 2020

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries

  • Supervised the department heads and directors of the units within Academic Engagement
  • 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
  • Managed Academic Engagement budget
  • Collaborated in organizational decision-making as part of the Strategic Leadership Team
  • Led student space redesign projects, focusing on student, faculty, and library staff engagement

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

2015

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

2014

Member, Ontario Library Association Advocacy Committee

2011 - 2014

Grants

 

Presentations and Invited Lectures

“ONLibChat: De-escalation Policies To Support Inclusion,”  Facilitator. The Education Institute, The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, 22 June, 2020.

“Together in Isolation: Change Management,”  The Education Institute, The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, 28 May, 2020.

“Academic Curbside Pickup: Making Plans,”  Facilitator.  Annual  Institute on Library as Place: Conversation Series, 15 May, 2020, and follow up, 22 May, 2020.

“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.

“Wikipedia Editing for Credit,” with Lauren Di Monte. Toronto Teacher Hack Jam: Web Making in the Classroom. Mozilla, Toronto. 5 May, 2012.

 “Flexible Drupal,” with Mike Serafin. Webinar for the Education Institute. 1 December, 2011.

 “Manage your Digital Identity Workshop,” for UTM Commerce and Management, 13 October, 2011.

 “Technology Lightning Strikes,” with Amy Buckland, Gillian Byrne, Amanda Etches-Johnson, and Michael Steeleworthy. Canadian Library Association Conference, Halifax, May 28, 2011.

“Emerging Technologies, Instructional Technology and Academic Librarianship: What, Why, and How,” CLA UWO student chapter, Western University, 15 November, 2011.

Panelist, “Reference in a Mobile World,” University of Toronto Libraries. 27 April, 2011.

 “How to Build a Useful Social Network,” for UTM Commerce and Management. December 2010 and January, 2011.

“Innovating with Drupal: From Static Website to Dynamic Communications Tool,” with Susan Senese.  OLA Super Conference, Toronto, 3 February, 2011.

“Second Life as Teaching Tool,” Faculty of Nursing Pain Management Project Team, Faculty of Nursing, Toronto: 21 April, 2009.

 “Second Life in Teaching and Learning,” Innovative Teaching with Technology, Resource Centre for Academic Technology, University of Toronto: 15 April, 2009.

 “Courseware and Libraries,” Ontario Library Association Superconference. Toronto: 31 January, 2008.

“Blogging in Education,” RCAT faculty seminar, University of Toronto: 12 November, 2008.

“Blogs and Social Software,” with Jason Nolan. OISE/UT graduate seminar, Megan Boler: 24 October, 2007.

“Hacking Say, Chat Fatigue, Bots, Generics and Davy Jones' Locker: Is there a Second Life in MOO?” Rochelle Mazar and Jason Nolan, Association of Internet Researchers, Internet Research 8.0: 17 October, 2007.

“Making Courseware Matter,” Workshop for instruction in Library Use, York University: 17 May, 2007.

“Wiki Content Production as Service Learning,” Toronto District School Board, Triangle Program, with Jason Nolan and Cheryl Ziegler: 8 March, 2007.

“Implementing Large-Scale Blogging Systems at Universities: Facilitating Collaborative Writing in Scholarly Learning Communities,” Rochelle Mazar and Jason Nolan. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, University of Toronto: 15 June, 2006.

“Wiki as Tool/Wiki as Metaphor,” HIS390, Derek Willams: 21 January, 2006.

“Blogging and Social Networking,” Panelist. OISE/UT graduate workshop, Megan Boler: 29 March, 2006.

“Wikis in the Classroom,” OISE/UT graduate seminar, Megan Boler: 9 November, 2005.

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. https://rochelle.mazar.ca/2014/04/29/research-project-report/

“How to Flip your Classroom.” University Affairs/Affaires Universitaires. (September, 2013). http://www.universityaffairs.ca/how-to-flip-your-classroom.aspx

“Five (plus one!) web resources to inspire your teaching,” University Affairs Magazine. (January, 2013). http://www.universityaffairs.ca/five-web-resources-to-inspire-your-teaching.aspx

 “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.
(https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/bibliotech-university-affairs/id390417420)

Compilation

“Appendix A: Degree Programs,” International Handbook of Internet Research. Hunsinger, Klastrup, Allen, eds. Springer, 2010. pp. 523-547.

“Appendix B: Major Research Centers and Institutes,” International Handbook of Internet Research. Hunsinger, Klastrup, Allen, eds. Springer, 2010. pp. 549 - 603.

Service to the University

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

2015

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

2014

Member, Ontario Library Association Advocacy Committee

2011 - 2014

Service to the Community

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

2015

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

2014

Member, Ontario Library Association Advocacy Committee

2011 - 2014

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