Professional achievement

The Professional Achievement Awards were established in 1989. Valued at $1,500, they are awarded to two professional librarians on the basis of a peer evaluation committee and up to five instructors on the basis of outstanding performance in meeting their responsibilities.

Ingrid Draayer
Head, Access Services
Carleton University Library

Ingrid Draayer recently took on a number of significant initiatives in Access Services and has shown exemplary skills in carrying them to fruition under very short timelines. Draayer implemented the Laptop Loan Program smoothly and effectively. At the same time, she managed the storage facility and oversaw the moving of materials, the hiring and managing of staff, the accessing and retrieval of materials, in addition to coordinating the transfer of the instructional media services video collection to the library. “I’m very honoured but the spotlight should also be on my dedicated staff—I’m so grateful for their help with these initiatives.”

Mark MacLeod
Instructor and undergraduate supervisor,
Institute of Cognitive Science

Mark MacLeod’s goal in teaching is to provide students with opportunities to draw connections between the various contributing disciplines of cognitive science. “I find questions concerning the nature of consciousness and meaning tremendously exciting,” says MacLeod. “I try to convey some of that excitement to my students when I’m in the classroom.”

Richard Nimijean,
Lecturer (Instructor II),
School of Canadian Studies

Richard Nimijean’s work revolves around the concept of “critical nationalism” and explores the relationship between Canadian values, national identity, politics, and public policy. Nimijean teaches students how Canadians, individually and collectively, constantly seek to change Canada by fighting for inclusion. He promotes active and engaged learning by encouraging students to critically analyze, and not simply celebrate, Canada and to situate themselves in their studies. His pedagogical approach informs his research. “I am investigating how increasing levels of pride and diminishing knowledge of Canada affect the discipline of Canadian Studies and how we teach it,” says Nimijean. “My research on the politics of branding Canada looks at how national identity, and the attempt to constantly ‘rearticulate’ Canadian values, has become central to political competition in Canada.”

Matthew Sorley
Department of Psychology

Having taught in the ArtsOne program since its inception, co-founded a learning group of first-year psychology teachers, and developed a writing community for the department’s honours essay students, Matthew Sorley’s teaching philosophy is to bring people together. He develops active learning situations in which students establish connections with the material and each other. “I want to engage my students in a conversation about the discipline,” explains Sorley. “They have to be motivated to take part, so I try to create positive learning environments through the use of enthusiasm, humour and a few good questions.”

David Sharp
Government Documents Librarian – Electronic Resources Specialist,
Carleton University Library

On behalf of MADGIC (Maps, Data & Government Information), David Sharp developed a customized Google search engine for Canadian government information that now resides on the library’s government information web page. This super-search interface mines a wide range of Canadian federal, provincial and municipal government domains and has gathered praise among other Canadian government specialists in addition to being mentioned at the International Federation of Library Associations’ 2007 conference. “My work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment to research and innovation that exists amongst my colleagues in the library.”

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