Mindy Thuna has accepted the position of Associate Chief Librarian for Science Research and Information, effective July 1, 2021.
Mindy holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science (Vertebrate morphology) from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, with high distinction) from the University of Toronto. She previously served as the AstraZeneca Science Liaison Librarian, the Science Liaison Librarian, and the Research Enterprise Librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library. Mindy was seconded to the Gerstein Science Information Centre where she was Liaison Librarian to Undergraduate Medical Education, and Coordinator of Resource Sharing. In September 2016, Mindy assumed the role of Head Librarian at the Engineering and Computer Science Library, and in September 2019, she took on the additional responsibilities of Interim Associate Chief Librarian for Science Research and Information. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Ontario Council of University Faculty Association’s (OCUFA) Academic Librarianship Award.
Mindy has provided leadership to the portfolio that serves the science, engineering, and health science disciplines during a time of dramatic change because of pandemic restrictions and a pivot to online learning, as well as the implementation of the library service platform. She has worked to break down silos across the science libraries, and built peer support networks to facilitate staff development and learning, one of her passions. As part of the Chief Librarian’s Executive Leadership Table, Mindy has been deeply involved in the many decisions required to ensure continued provision of the library services during the pandemic that our students and faculty rely on for their work.