Sophie (she/her/hers) began her career in libraries in 2006 with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Media Librarian in the Music Library and Radio Archives. She transitioned to academic libraries in early 2014 as a music cataloger, working primarily with rare sound recordings housed in the Belfer Audio Archives at Syracuse University Libraries. Sophie joined Virginia Wesleyan University in mid-2015 as Technical Services Librarian. In this role, she oversaw all library cataloging, e-resources, and acquisitions, as well as implementing, managing, and preserving a digital collection, and working on diversity, inclusion, and campus environmental efforts.
Propelled by an interest in contributing to open and affordable initiatives in Virginia, Sophie joined VIVA in January 2019 as the Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include managing the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal, VIVA Open, the VIVA Course Mapping Project, the Curriculum Driven Acquisitions Program, as well as regular contributions to VIVA Committees and Task Forces. In her assessment role, Sophie collects and analyzes data associated with VIVA’s open and affordable initiatives to share with stakeholders. She has really enjoyed working with VIVA member libraries across the state to further the mission of ‘leveling the academic playing field’ for Virginia students.
Sophie holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba. She has a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Manitoba. She also recently completed the Creative Commons Certificate for Librarians. When not working, Sophie enjoys dancing, singing, listening to the birds, exercising, and meditating.
Sophie’s capstone project is the development of a Course Alignment Curation Kit intended to assist VIVA member libraries with curating OER to courses at their institutions and aligning them through institutional course tags on VIVA Open, a searchable OER repository hosted by ISKME.