CAPAL Member Profile: Lydia Thorne

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April’s Member Profile is with the Communication Committee’s very own Lydia Thorne. Lydia is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Durham College.

What is the best thing about living in your city? What’s the worst?

It’s proximity to Toronto. It’s proximity to Toronto (currently living in Whitby, ON).

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a big foodie and I love to cook. My current obsession is trying to cook anything and everything in my new Instant Pot- from hard boiled eggs, to yogurt, to cake!

What were you doing before you started your current work position?

Before landing my current position, I worked as a Public Services Librarian (contract) at the J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta. In this role, I provided consultations, developed and delivered classes and workshops, and assisted faculty and students completing systematic reviews and other types of knowledge synthesis. My first professional position after completing my MLIS degree in 2016 (Western) was as the Long-Term Care Outreach Librarian at the University of Manitoba. I’ve experienced some very cold winters!

What are your research interests?

My research currently focuses on required and preferred qualifications listed in health sciences library job postings in Canada. As a new graduate (who has applied to a number of positions over the past couple of years), I started to notice trends in the language used in these ads. This led me down a rabbit hole…and now I’ve completed a research project on the subject. I’m looking forward to presenting my findings at the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) conference in June.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?

I’ve been saying ‘capple’ since first joining the CAPAL student committee at Western in Fall 2014. What can I say? Old habit die hard!

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