Online Reference Centre Coordinator Bio
Bethany Arsenault accepted the role of ORC Coordinator in June 2017. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), as well as a B.Mus.Ed. and B.A. English Honours. She has taught in both elementary and junior high classrooms, and is passionate about information literacy and digital learning spaces.
Bethany has extensive experience in literacy and educational research. Her Master’s thesis, published through the University of Alberta and funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant, focused on social media and digital learning spaces for young adults. She has also worked as a copy editor for the academic journal Theory and Research in Social Education through the University of Alberta. She has presented her research on topics such as Young Adult Literature and digital media at conferences all across Canada, including a paper co-written with Dr. Tami Oliphant and Dr. Michael McNally on the YouTube search algorithm at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Bethany brings wonderful and innovative ideas to the ORC Coordinator position reflective of her published thesis work in virtual learning spaces and digital literacy. Her exceptional communication skills, along with her junior high classroom experience make her the ideal person to take the ORC to the next level.