As we continue profiles of new LMD Board members, we invite you to learn more about Rebecca Jones, our Professional Development Chair.What is your current role in the workplace?
I'm the managing partner of Dysart & Jones Associates, a boutique management consulting firm working specifically with libraries and information services or knowledge management organizations. That means I focus on projects, large and small, facilitating planning, problem-solving, priority-setting and organizational design.
Why did you become a librarian/info pro?
Honestly, I became a librarian to have a part-time job in a public or academic library. Ha! I didn't even know that corporations and governments had libraries. As soon as I got a job in the library at the Royal Bank of Canada, and after that as an information professional at Imperial Oil Ltd, my life changed. I became passionate about business processes and approaches, and in applying these in information and knowledge functions. And that was 25 years ago. I worked as a librarian for only 4 years. Since then I've been in management positions.
Tell us a little about your history with LMD and why you took a role on the Board.
LMD has been a home for me in SLA, even more than my Toronto Chapter. In LMD I found people who were so knowledgeable about and interested in business processes, models, and how to use these to accelerate design and changes in libraries and information work to ensure these are aligned with the academic, community or corporate directions and deliverables. I've been LMD Secretary a couple of times. I took this role to help out. I'm not sure how much help I am! I just know that many hands make light work – so I help where and how I can to contribute to a great network: LMD.
What professional or organization challenge do you hope to address in 2019?
How to engage more information and knowledge professionals in LMD, and, with them, transform this fantastic division into a collaborative space in which we all learn, grow and have fun. We need to have fun!
Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2019 you'd like to tell us about?
We want to have 3 webinars this year, and to transform them into more interactive discussions than the rather passive format we have had.
Finally, what's a little-known fact about you?
I'm from a very poor farm in southern Ontario, which has shaped my passion for hard work and amazement at how lucky we all are. I rarely read. I listen constantly to e-audio biographies, business books, and history. Right now, my favorites are Brene Brown's "Rising Strong" and Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Leadership" on Lincoln, Johnson and Clinton's styles. Fantastic!!