December Member Profile


December’s Member Profile is of Caitlin Ratcliffe, Health Sciences Librarian at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Tell us about a library you love in a different city you have visited:
When I was completing my MLIS, I was very fortunate to participate in a study abroad program in the United Kingdom. We visited many historic libraries and archives — it’s hard to pick a favourite, but I have to choose Christ Church College in Oxford. The librarian’s current office in the library is the former office of Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), so we could look out the window and see the Dean’s garden, complete with a little door to Wonderland, where Alice Liddell used to play. It was really special!

What are you reading right now (professional or personal)? What is it about?
I just finished Martha Wells’ « The Murderbot Diaries, » a series of sci-fi novellas set in space in a dystopian future. The stories are narrated in first person by Murderbot, a part-human, part-robot construct trying to find a place in the world (and watching a lot of soap operas in the process). The voice of the narration is incredibly compelling, and the pacing is flawless. I highly recommend it!

What are you most excited to be working on right now?
I’m really excited about integrating information literacy instruction into our new nursing curriculum! I’m very fortunate to be working together with collaborative faculty to ladder IL concepts throughout the program, and I’m looking forward to helping students develop these crucial skills.

What are your research interests?
At the moment, I’m particularly interested in learning more about international students’ experiences with library spaces and services. I attended a virtual conference presentation last year by Joyce Chapman and Emily Daly assessing the experiences and needs of Black students at Duke University. One of my takeaways from this excellent report was that art and architecture in the libraries could cause physical spaces to feel exclusionary. It had not previously occurred to me that art and architecture could be exclusionary, so I started wondering about the experiences of international students in our library. I’m currently leading a two-year assessment project on this topic, and I’m very excited to develop recommendations and ensure our library is a welcoming, inclusive space for everyone.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
My brain says « ca-pal, » but my heart says « capple » (and I trust my heart more!)

Twitter account: @CPRatcliffe

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