Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer:

Melissa Fraser-ArnottDr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott
Chief of Integrated Library Services
Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

Candidate's Statement:
I am honored to stand for nomination for the position of Secretary/Treasurer for ALISE. I look forward to the opportunity to serve and build connections with the ALISE community. I joined ALISE in 2014 while completing my doctoral studies and working full-time as a special librarian. I have found the insights that I have gained through my involvement with ALISE to be relevant to my development as both an LIS researcher and a practitioner, including as a hiring manager and student supervisor. I consider professional service to be vital to professional growth and community building. I have volunteered in several capacities with ALISE including as a member of the ALISE 2020 program committee, the ALISE Horrocks Award Committee, ALISE Service Award Committee and as a judge of the ALISE/Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition.

Additionally, I am a member of the Special Library Association’s Content Advisory Council and co- chair of the SLA Leadership and Management Development Community’s marketing section. I have also served as a member of the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable (LIRT) Adult Learners Committee and Awards Committee. I was also active in the Canadian Library Association, serving as both the Ottawa section co-chair and as the Secretary of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS) division between 2008-2012.

Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott has 15 years of experience working in government and special library environments. She is currently the Chief, Integrated Reference Services at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, where she manages a team of subject-specialist research librarians embedded in teams of analysts. Prior to joining the Library of Parliament, she worked at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa Public Library, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Canadian Policy College Library, and Algonquin College as an instructor in the library technician program. Melissa earned her PhD in library and information science through the San José State University – Queensland University of Technology Gateway PhD program, an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business. She has contributed chapters to Project Management in the Library Workplace (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume 38) and An Introduction to Today’s Information Services and has published articles in The Reference Librarian, Journal of Library Administration, Reference Services Review, IFLA Journal, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, Library Management, The Bottom Line, and LIBRI.


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