December CAPAL Member Profile: Nicole Doro

December’s member profile is of Nicole Doro, Learning Support Librarian at McMaster University.

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What are you reading right now (professional or personal)? What is it about?

I just finished reading The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, a biographic comic by Ken Krimstein. The author did a great job of presenting Arendt’s life and theories in easily digestible language and images, and my only regret is that this book did not exist when I first attempted Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism. I would recommend it to anyone who loves literary graphic novels and/or critical theory.

Usually, my personal reading alternates between some sort of climate/nature related non-fiction (right now The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells and The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben), to some sort of novel that I source from The Millions biannual Most-Anticipated Book Reviews.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Most of my hobbies revolve around nature and/or mindfulness, as I feel most in my element when I am in those environments. My favourite past times include meditating, rock climbing, hiking, and slack-lining. I have also been a yoga teacher for 5 years, so you will often find me either teaching or practicing yoga in my spare time.

What were you doing before you started your current work position?

Throughout my MLIS (which I just finished in August), I worked as an Information Clerk for Hamilton Public Library. Working at HPL had been my favourite job, and a large part of the reason I wanted to be a librarian. The culture at HPL is incredible, and taught me so many valuable lessons about librarianship: from making fun displays to caring customer service; from patron and staff empowerment to creative problem solving.

What are your research interests?

During my MLIS, I completed a major research project concerning faculty attitudes and perspectives of institutional repositories. Though my primary research interests still revolve around open access, information ethics, and scholarly communication (as I would love to work in scholarly communications one day), as my career has shifted towards a Learning Support role, I have recently become more interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?

No one is more surprised than me to hear what version of the pronunciation will come out of my mouth at any given point. That being said—when anyone deigns to correct me (as if there is ONE right way), I always refer them to this question from the CAPAL member profiles to show that debate is in fact alive and well!