Do you want to help students and graduates be the best they can be? Would you like to give back to the Information or Museum Studies community? Be a Faculty of Information Alumni Ambassador! FIAA is looking for alumni from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice, who are willing to promote the Faculty of Information, recruit new students, and be a contact or mentor for potential and current students. Check out all the wonderful committees below, and if interested in joining the Association, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are monthly throughout the term.
Executive Members and Committee Chairs
Jennifer Boucher (’99)
Manda Vrkljan (’19)
Sooin Kim (’00)
Al Stanton-Hagan (’17)
Jennifer Dekker (’99)
Eden Rusnell (’17)
Chair, Ask an Alum
Chair, Job Shadowing
Madeline Gerbig (’18) and Devin New (’18)
Co-Chairs, Silent Auction
Joshua Shum (’20) and Marianna Kalaczynski (’21)
Co-Chairs, Web & Social Media
Alexie Brown (’17) and Bridget Collings (’17)
Co-Chairs, Museum Studies Alumni
Chair, Social Events
Hujma Chowdhury (’19)
Chair, Grants & Awards
Jeannie An (’99)
Chair, Professional Development Initiatives
Eve Leung (’09)
College of Electors Rep
MISC Student Rep
MUSSA Student Rep
Joshua Shum (’20) and Sydney Stype (’20)
Faculty Council Rep
Angela Henshilwood (’10)
Cher-Ann Chai (’20)
Dana Murray (’17)
Devin New (’18)
Gillian Clinton (’00)
Joanna Wreakes (’20)
Kelly Carmichael (’14)
Lily Mac (’06)
Alexia Loumankis (’05)
Marisa Maharaj (’09)
Zoe Fine (’18)
Social Events Committee
FIAA hosts a variety of events for students and alumni throughout the year. These events include a Alumni Stars mentor events, November Convocation Reception, Holiday Joint Social with the Special Library Association (SLA) and the Toronto Special Libraries and Information Services (T-SLIS), the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference Reception, and the Alumni Reunion. The social committee may host other events, either for alumni or students, or both. Volunteers are needed to assist at events, and with advance promotion and invitations.
Social Media Committee & Website
FIAA uses a variety of social media to keep in touch and communicate with our fellow alumni. We have a Facebook page, a LinkedIn group, and a Twitter account. Members of this team ensure all our social media tools are up-to-date with our latest announcements, promote and post FIAA events, and look for other ways to connect online with our alumni. We also have a section here on the Faculty of Information website and send out a bi-monthly electronic newsletter.
Job Shadowing Committee
FIAA works with the Faculty of Information Careers office to help facilitate the annual Job Shadowing Program. This program takes Faculty of Information students into libraries, archives, and information systems-related workplaces for a half-day or a day, so that students may observe the working life of an information professional. The Careers office and members of this team work together to recruit host employers, promote the program, manage the shadowing opportunities, manage the matching process, thank host employers, and arrange for evaluations as needed.
Ask-an-Alum Mentoring Committee
The Ask-An-Alum program of alumni who have volunteered to respond to inquiries from students and other alumni is listed on the Faculty of Information website. Members of this team work on ways to add structure to the program; build a roster of volunteer mentors from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice; and, match mentors with mentees.
Grants & Awards Committee
FIAA offers several grants and awards to students and alumni.
Conference and Research grants are offered to Faculty of Information Masters students. Members of this FIAA committee will put out the call, collect and review grant applications, and recommend which applications should be accepted.
FIAA also offers two outstanding alumni awards: one to an outstanding graduating student, and one to an outstanding member of the alumni. Members of this committee will put out the calls for nominees, collect, review and evaluate the nominations, and recommend the award winners.
Silent Auction Committee
Each spring at the Faculty of Information Alumni Reunion event, FIAA holds a silent auction to raise money for the Alumni Professional Development Grant.
Members of this committee put together great packages for alumni to bid on either at the reunion event or by proxy bid.
Bertha Bassam Lecture Event Planning Committee
Every two to three years, FIAA holds this special lecture, named after the Director of the Toronto Library School (1951-1964). A talk is given by an inspiring speaker, and a reception follows.
Ideas are always welcome as are volunteers to work on finding potential speakers, formats, do promotion, and collaborate with other faculties.
Other FIAA related roles and representations
- Museum Studies linkages: Liaises with MSGSA, and Museum Studies alumni, to open communications, search for awards, and promote FIAA
- Faculty Council representation: Raises alumni issues at the Faculty Council level
- Faculty of Information Student Councils representation: Representation of Faculty of Information student issues at FIAA
- College of Electors: A 2–3 year term to represent Faculty of Information alumni at this cross-university body of University of Toronto alumni constituents. It meets 4–5 times/year
- Council of Presidents (COP): The FIAA president or vice-president represents Faculty of Information alumni at COP. Part of the University of Toronto Alumni Association, COP meets to strategize around funding and activities.
- Ex Libris Association (ELA): Shared information and activities between ELA and FIAA