Jordan Hale, M.A, M.I (candidate)

Highlights of Qualifications

  • Four years of special collections cataloguing experience in an RDA-compliant environment
  • Six years of special library reference experience involving geospatial and numeric data and paper maps and atlases
  • Specialized training in cartographic and audiovisual cataloguing and archival practices
  • Experienced in metadata authoring and research data management best practices for geospatial and numeric datasets
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, and publish mixed-methods research
  • Committed to clear and thoughtful oral and written communication with a variety of stakeholders

Professional Experience

2013–present
Original Cataloguer & Reference Specialist
Map & Data Library, University of Toronto
  • Assists researchers and members of the public with geospatial data, numeric data, paper maps, and related software and hardware (ArcGIS, QGIS, CityEngine, SPSS, Adobe Creative Cloud, large-format map scanner)
  • Original and derived cataloguing of cartographic materials according to RDA and AACR2 standards in SIRSI Workflows
  • Creation of metadata for geospatial and numeric data according to ISO 19139 and DDI standards
  • Maintaining content and assets of two Drupal websites while coordinating their consolidation, migration, and redevelopment into a unified, accessible, and responsive site
  • Handles collections ordering and fund monitoring for department selectors
  • Supervises a team of Student Library Assistants
  • Designed and taught multiple instructional workshops
2011–2013
Graduate Student Library Assistant
Map & Data Library, University of Toronto
  • Assisted researchers and members of the public with geospatial data, numeric data, paper maps, and related software
  • Georeferenced hundreds of digitized historical maps, mainly of Toronto, and developed a workflow for the creation of interactive indexes for accessing them
  • Created ISO 19139-compliant metadata for geospatial datasets and made them available on the web
2011–2013
Teaching Assistant
Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
  • Led lab sessions and provided student support in both in-person and online sections of Geographic Information & Mapping I and II, covering topics related to cartography, relational database management, data visualization, and spatial analysis
  • Marked assignments and provided feedback within Blackboard’s evaluation environment, and held office hours in the synchronous chat and demonstration environment of Adobe Connect
2011
Research Assistant
Department of Economics, University of Toronto
  • Produced historical geospatial datasets of the Los Angeles streetcar network for Dr. Leah Brooks’ analysis of zoning and taxation patterns
2008-2009, 2011
Student Library Assistant
Map & Data Library, University of Toronto
  • Refiled maps and government publications catalogued in Library of Congress and CODOC classification systems
  • Processed new materials
  • Prepared serial publications for binding
  • Assisted patrons with the collection
  • Shifted thousands of volumes in advance of major renovation project
2009–2013
Research Assistant
Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
  • Provided archival assistance, image research, literature reviews, and spatial analysis in GIS software for faculty members Dr. Deborah Cowen, Dr. Paul Hess, and Dr. Matti Siemiatycki
2008–2009
Research Assistant
Map & Data Library, University of Toronto
  • Produced historical GIS datasets demonstrating environmental change in the Lower Don Watershed for Marcel Fortin and Jennifer Bonnell’s Don Valley Historical Mapping Project with accompanying ISO 19139 metadata
2006–2007
Graphic Designer/Associate Photo Editor
Butterfield & Robinson
  • Provided in-house design support and film/digital image archive management for marketing department of luxury travel company with a large international traveller base

Education

2014–2017
Master of Information (candidate)
University of Toronto
  • Took courses in Library & Information Science and Archives & Records Management, with special interest in the management of audiovisual materials
  • Independent study courses: The Archive of Landscape and Archiving and Accessing Broadcast News
  • Completed two six-week special interest workshops: Prospect Research for Nonprofits and A Competitive Intelligence Primer
  • All degree requirements to be fulfilled by December 2017 for convocation in March 2018
2011–2014
Master of Arts in Geography
University of Toronto
  • Thesis: Along the Highway: Landscapes of Mourning in Canada (supervised by Dr. Deborah Cowen and Dr. Matthew Farish)
  • Conducted a qualitative mixed-methods study in cultural and political geography, using interviews, participant observation, and extensive archival work in the study of landscapes of violence
2000–2002, 2008–2010
Bachelor of Arts in Geography
University of Toronto
  • Graduated with distinction with a specialist degree in human geography and coursework in Geographic Information Systems
2004–2007
Graphic Design
School of Communication Arts, Seneca College

Publications

Schmidt, Jane, and Jordan Hale. 2017. “Little Free Libraries®: The Trouble with Twee Solutions to Big Problems.” Journal of Radical Librarianship 3: 14-41.

Hale, Jordan. 2015. “Atlas of Cities [review]”. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin 150, 246.

Hale, Jordan. 2015. “Why are Paper Maps Still a Thing?” Motherboard, May 29.

Hale, Jordan. 2014. Along the Highway: Landscapes of National Mourning in Canada. Unpublished MA thesis.

Hale, Jordan. 2014. “The Map Thief [review]”. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin 148, 27-28.

Conference Presentations

May 2017

How is your library responding to the TRC Calls to Action? (with Sara McDowell, Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin, Whitney Kemble, and Daniel Payne)
TRY+ Library Conference (Toronto, ON)

May 2017

Little Free Libraries®: Interrogating the Impact of the Branded Book Exchange (with Jane Schmidt)
TRY+ Library Conference (Toronto, ON)

February 2017

Little Free Libraries®: The Trouble with Twee Solutions to Big Problems (with Jane Schmidt)
Ontario Library Association Super Conference (Toronto, ON)

June 2016

Exploring Neighbourhood Change at the Map & Data Library
Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives Annual Meeting (Fredericton, NB)

May 2016

Challenging Classification Bias with Linked Data (with F. Tim Knight and Juliya Borie)
TRY+ Library Conference (Toronto, ON)

May 2016

Geographies of Linked Open Data (breakout session led with Myron Groover)
LODLAMTO (Toronto, ON)

May 2015

Toronto Plays Itself (with Rachel Beattie)
TRY Library Conference (Toronto, ON)

April 2013

Militarized Mourning in Urban Space: the Highway of Heroes “peace mural”
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, CA)

October 2008

The Don Valley Historical Mapping Project
Active History Conference (Toronto, ON)

Skills

  • Trained in original and derived cataloguing of monographs, cartographic materials, and audiovisual works
  • Proficient in ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office, cataloguing and acquisitions in SIRSI Workflows, research data management in Dataverse, information architecture and content management in Drupal and WordPress

Interests

  • Film, distance cycling, embroidery