Presenter: Catherine Irving, MA. Library Specialist
Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University

In this webinar, Catherine describes the evolving role of resource centres and libraries supporting community development and civic participation, through these three themes: Information access and literacy; documenting people’s knowledge; and library space. Current best practices and insights from Coady graduates will be highlighted. The goal of the presentation is to invite discussion on ways resource centres and libraries can be supported to support learning and community action.

Catherine joined the Coady Institute in 1992 as an Assistant at the Marie Michael Library. Catherine is now responsible for the overall operations of the library, as well as maintaining the library’s catalogue on the Novanet system. She has taught classes on preparing an independent study, serves as an independent study advisor, and has been a resource person for the Resource Centres for Learning and Change Certificate offered by the Institute. In addition, Catherine has published research on libraries and adult education, and Internet use by women’s resource centres. She has also collaborated on comprehensive literature reviews on gender and adult learning in Canada, and transformative learning. Catherine holds a MA in Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BA in Sociology (1st class honours) from St. Francis Xavier University.

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