Brandon University’s new librarian is a team leader with a long history of contributing to student success, in part by elevating the library user’s experience.
Most recently, Betty Braaksma served as usability liaison librarian and virtual reference co-ordinator at the University of Manitoba.
She is also co-ordinator of the Manitoba Shared Virtual Reference Project, which seeks to create a province-wide partnership to expand virtual reference services to Manitoba academic and public libraries.
Braaksma twice served as president of the Manitoba Library Association.
"I look forward to working with the BU community," she said. "I believe that today’s university library plays an active role in teaching, learning and research. Like the keystone that symbolizes our province, our library should be central to the university’s mission and values."
Braaksma has a B.A. (honours) from Brock University and master of library science from the University of Toronto.
Her research interests include the role of libraries in student retention and success, usability and user experience design, and trends in digital literacies.
Braaksma begins a five-year appointment at BU on Sept. 16.
"I am pleased to welcome Betty to BU," university president Deborah Poff said. "She brings a wealth of educational and professional experience to her new position.
"Her leadership in the library will strategically move us forward in serving faculty, students and the community in this area."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 20, 2013