September Member Profile


CAPAL’s monthly member profiles are back in time for the fall semester! This month’s member profile is of Janice Winkler, Open Educational Resources Librarian at the University of Manitoba.

Janice Winkler sits with a cat on her shoulders

What are you reading right now (professional or personal)? What is it about?

I always like to have one fiction and one nonfiction book going. My fiction reading right now is How Much of These Hills by C Pam Zhang. The writing is beautiful and the story keeps you guessing, which is pretty much everything I want from a book. The nonfiction book I’m reading right now is an anthology called All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.

In terms of professional reading, I’m about halfway through an article called Bad (Feminist) Librarians: Theories and Strategies for OER Librarianship. The article is by Jessica Y. Dai and Lindsay Inge Carpenter and it’s published in the International Journal of Open Educational Resources. If you haven’t read it yet, you should!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In the fall and winter I knit and bake, and in the summer I like vegetable gardening and food preservation. I made some amazing hot pepper wine jelly this past weekend!

What are you most excited to be working on right now?

I’ve just started a secondment as Open Educational Resources Librarian and so I have many projects in the hopper that I’m excited about! I’m hesitant to name a particular project since it’s still early, but first and foremost I’m thrilled to be getting to talk to others at my institution and beyond who are excited about finding concrete ways to make education more accessible for students.

What are your research interests?

I’m currently a member of a research team that is working to benchmark librarians’ involvement in systematic review support outside of the health sciences, and to identify their training needs and preferences. We’re working on a manuscript and it’s so gratifying to see all our hard work starting to come together into something new we can contribute!

What made you decide to join CAPAL?

I joined the student chapter in my library school in 2016 and never looked back! I have met so many great people and learned a lot through my committee work with the association over the years.

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