CV

Mr. Remi Pulwer

(416) 926-1300 ex. 3144
e-mail: remi.pulwer@utoronto.ca

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:

A dedicated and self-motivated academic librarian with extensive experience in delivering information to library users through cataloguing, reference, collection development and liaison activities.   Able to apply the knowledge required to achieve desired goals.  Possesses excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate concisely and articulately with patrons and colleagues alike.  Frequently demonstrates  strong leadership potential and innovative thinking, as well as enjoys being part of a successful and productive team.

EDUCATION:

Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto
Master of Information Studies (MISt)
Graduated: Nov. 2002.

Faculty of Arts and Science
University of Toronto (Hon. B.A.)
Majors: History, Italian Studies
Graduated: Nov. 1999.

SPECIAL SKILLS:

  • Fluent in Polish and Italian ; working knowledge of all Slavic languages.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:

  • StrengthsFinder Workshop (GALLUP), May 2016
  • Workplace Harassment & Violence Prevention training, April 2016
  • Learning Digital Humanities @DHSI Atlantic, May 4-15, 2015
  • Learning Web 2.0@UTL course 2009
  • Coutts’ Oasis platform training 2009
  • Staff Development course “Librarians’ Research Afternoon” 2009
  • Java Client training 2008
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Workshop on Safety “Dealing with Difficult Behaviour” 2006.
  • SIRSI Workflows training 2002

CAREER SUMMARY:

  • Head of Technical Services – Jan. 2017 – present
    University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, John M. Kelly Library

Managing all aspects of the Technical Department’s services, including: cataloguing, conservation & preservation, mending, as well as Digital humanities services and web content.

  • Head of Public Services & Reference – Jan. 2012 – Sept. 2016
    University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, John M. Kelly Library

Worked with a public services team of two other professional librarians, four technicians, and some twenty part-time student assistants, Remi was responsible for managing all aspects of public services in the Kelly Library, including reference assistance, library instruction, circulation, inter-library and inter-campus loans, Document delivery, the Kelly InfoExpress service for faculty, and the Kelly Article service for graduate theology students.

  • Interim Head of Cataloguing Department – Oct. 2010 – Mar. 2011       
    University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, John M. Kelly Library

Managed the Cataloguing Department, and controlled quality of records produced by technicians & volunteer cataloguers.  During his Interim he was responsible for cataloguing of rare books, archival materials and new library acquisitions.

  • Teaching and Learning Librarian / Cataloguing Librarian – July 2004 – Dec. 2011
    University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, John M. Kelly Library

Performed original and derived cataloguing of all library resources specializing in foreign languages and audio visual materials.  Worked closely with the Faculty of Slavic Languages and the Faculty of Italian Studies as a liaison librarian and subject selector.  Revitalized  and expended library collections through soliciting and securing donations.  Enjoyed his daily reference duties by helping both students and faculty members.  Developed and maintained the Kelly Library presence on the World Wide Web utilizing his knowledge of Web 2.0 technologies.   

  • Reference Librarian – Oct. 2002 – June 2004
    University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College, John M. Kelly Library

Provided general and specialized evening reference assistance.  Helped and instructed individuals and groups in using various reference tools and softwares available at the Kelly Library.  Initiated liaison activities with faculty and students of the Slavic and Italian Departments as subject specialist.  Worked closely with cataloguing department participating in cataloguing projects.

  • Assistant-librarian – Jan. 2001 – Dec. 2002
    “Inforum” Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Helped graduate students and faculty members to identify, locate and access information and library materials.  Answered reference questions in person and via the telephone.  Participated in all library related activities such as shelving, shelf-reading, mending & circulation.          

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Attended OLA Super Conferences 2005-2017
  • Attended Canadian Link Data Summit 2016, Montreal, Quebec
  • Attended DH2016 Conference, Krakow, Poland
  • Attended CAPAL  Conference 2015
  • Attended TRY Staff Conferences 2005-2016
  • Lecturer – Workshop “How to say No to a library user” TRY 2010
  • Attended Polish Literature and Culture “In transition” Conference 2006
  • Guest speaker – “On beyond reference…” CLA Student Chapter 2005
  • Attended Symposium on Polish Culture and Society 2005

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

Since his employment, Remi Pulwer has created over 2000 original bibliographic records, as well as 10,000 authority records; catalogued over 15,000 library materials, and in addition itemized over 20,000 volumes of periodicals. 

He successfully solicited and secured over 50 donations.

He effectively collaborated with the Robarts Library Gift Department expanding the Kelly library’s collections.

His liaison activities improved the collaboration between Slavic and Italian Departments’ faculty and library personnel.

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