I am a graduate of McGill University’s School of Information Studies (2010) and this blog is my attempt to make sense of the information overload present for MLIS students as well as recent (and not so recent) graduates in Libraryland. Upon graduating, I was lucky/worked hard to land the position of Library Director at the Bibliothèque publique de Tracadie-Sheila, in New Brunswick Canada, where I gained invaluable experience and got to work everyday with amazing people who reinforced my passion for public libraries and the benefits that they provide to their communities. I now run two school libraries at the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde.
Other Stuff that I’m proud of…
During my studies I was involved in several groups and associations such as the ABQLA and I was the co-organizer for two years of the Web 2.You conference at McGill University in Montreal.
I currently hold a position on the CLA School Libraries Advisory Committee.

My library-related passions include collection development, children and youth services, new technologies and open access. When I’m not being a library nerd, I also train for marathons. Please enjoy my blog posts and feel free to add comments. I assume ownership for all of my opinions, they are mine and do not represent my employers or any associations to which I belong.

Amanda at McGill Graduation


7 Responses to “About”

  1. Nathan Richer September 15, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Hi Amanda,

    Great Blog! You have all kinds of useful information on your site. Everything is very well written. I didn’t realize you were a blogger until today. Now that I know, you can be sure I will be back time and time again.

    By the way, I really like the Generation Gap post.

    I hope everything is going well!

    Take Care!

  2. pcsweeney July 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi Amanda,

    I just ran across a comment you made promoting my blog on the CLA blog about twittering for conferences! Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂

  3. Ada Chan June 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi Halfpenny (great lastname),
    Came across your blog while reading up on the MLIS program at McGill. Thank you for all the great post. Aspiring librarian myself and waiting for word on my application to McGill.
    Looking forward to more great posts from you.

  4. Jeffrey August 1, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would
    really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design.

    • Amanda Halfpenny August 1, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Hi Jeffrey,
      Thanks for the compliment! Unfortunately, I cannot take create for my design. It is a template design called Bueno offered by WordPress. I have to admit that I didn’t quite understand the driving force behind your blog. Once you determine a focus for your blog posts then it becomes easier to choose an appropriate design. Good luck!


  1. Librarians Without Borders » Reflections from a Guatemala trip alum.! - May 6, 2011

    […] year after returning from the first trip to Guatemala in 2010, LWB member Amanda Halfpenny has written about the trip experience on her blog, talks about some of the lessons learned, and […]

  2. BibliothĂ©caires 2.0 vs GĂ©nĂ©ration Y « Au pays des bibliothèques - May 29, 2012

    […] deux ans, qu’il soit titulaire d’un master ou autodidacte ; le bibliothĂ©caire est confrontĂ© Ă  l’Ă©mergence de la jeune gĂ©nĂ©ration ; […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: