New Librarian Joins Brandon University

August 15, 2013

BRANDON, MB – Brandon University’s new University Librarian is a team leader with a long history of contributing to student success, in part by elevating the library user’s experience.

Betty Braaksma, BU LibrarianMostly recently, Betty Braaksma served as Usability Liaison Librarian and Virtual Reference Coordinator at the University of Manitoba. She is also coordinator 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,” says Braaksma. “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 BA (Hons) from Brock University and Master of Library Science from 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. Betty Braaksma begins a five-year appointment at Brandon University (BU) on September 16th.

BU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Poff says, “I am pleased to welcome Betty to BU. 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.”

Brandon University, founded in 1899, holds one of the finest collections of Aboriginal literature in the world. The University promotes excellence in teaching, research, creation and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders. 

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For more information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Poff
President and Vice-Chancellor
204-727-7427
Poffd@brandonu.ca
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer
204-727-9762
kirbyg@brandonu.ca