An Interview with new Innis College Librarian, Kate Johnson
Innis College welcomed a new Librarian on February 1, 2017. Kate comes to Innis with extensive experience within the University of Toronto Library system, including positions at the Engineering and Computer Science Library, the D.G. Ivey Library at New College, and the UTSC Library. She received her Masters of Information Studies at the University of Toronto in 2010 and received a Cressy Student Leadership Award during her time as a graduate student.
We asked Kate to tell us a bit about herself.
What's your background in cinema and libraries? What are your areas of specialization, and what drew you to those areas?
My background in libraries is quite diverse. I got my first taste of academic librarianship as a Graduate Library Assistant while completing my Masters of Information at the UofT’s iSchool across the street. This experience led me to librarian positions at UofT campuses and in each role, I fielded questions from students, faculty and visitors across a huge range of topics (e.g., Equity Studies, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Mining) using online and print resources. I have a talent for helping people find the information they need even if I’m unfamiliar with the subject. If you’re not sure where to start to look for any of your assignments, I’m always happy to connect you with the best resources available at UofT or other institutions.
My background in cinema stems from a personal love of films. I grew up in a family that focused far more on the Oscars than the Olympics and I’m overjoyed to be delving into the academic study of films to continue to grow Innis College Library’s rich collection of books and highlight online resources to support Cinema Studies’ research and assignments. My own academic degrees are in art history, education, and information studies, so I’m looking forward to developing my own niches within cinema studies - currently I’m drawn to the historical and technological aspects of this discipline. I am attending the upcoming Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC)’s Conference and look forward to building connections with Cinema Studies librarians, both locally and globally.
My areas of specialization include:
What are your top three favourite films of all time? Why?
It’s hard to pick just three favourite films since it can really depend on one’s mood and whether you want to escape, challenge your understanding of a topic, laugh until your stomach hurts, or delve into nostalgia.
At this moment in time, the following are a few of my favourites:
What plans do you have for Innis College Library?
The lnnis College Library is located on the 2nd floor of Innis College’s East Wing (above the Registrar’s Office) and we are striving for regular operation hours (10am-5pm) from Monday to Friday. The library has an amazing collection of cinema studies books, computers connected to the Student Printer Station, and a few spots for quiet study.
Changes are definitely coming to the library’s physical and online spaces to help users discover more easily the amazing range of resources available in print and electronic format.
Innis College Library will be developing new workshops, highlighting tools (see below for more details on citation managers in Library Takeaway), and seeking opportunities to collaborate with other libraries and organizations (e.g., CINSSU, Innis College Writing Centre, UofT Media Commons, TIFF Film Reference Library).
I’m always on the search for suggestions and new ideas so please, feel free to suggest book titles, topics, websites, or ideas for workshops and events ideas via email, email@example.com or in person. Looking forward to seeing you at the library and future Cinema Studies events!
Format bibliographies easily with Citation Managers:
There are amazing tools available to help you track, organize and format citations for your in-text references and bibliography.
- Zotero (free, open source, works with MS Word)
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- ProQuest RefWorks (UTORid email required, works with MS Word, Google Docs)