Tara Mawhinney

Tara.Mawhinney [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-4764

Macdonald-Stewart Library Building
809 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C1


Subjects

  • Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
  • Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mechanical Engineering

Office hours

Date and time: Tuesdays from 11-12pm (Fall 2017)

Location: Room 206 (main floor), Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Please email: tara.mawhinney [at] mcgill.ca to make an appointment outside these hours.

 

Liaison librarian

Responsible for providing information services and collections to support the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Mechanical Engineering.  

Education

  • Master of Library and Information Studies, McGill University, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and French Literature, University of British Columbia, 1999

Areas of interest

  • Information literacy competencies in science and engineering
  • Collection development
  • Virtual reference services
  • Services for international students
  • Discovery search tools

Professional activities

National

University

McGill Library

Selected publications

Mawhinney, T., & Zhao, J.C. (2017). Implementing a Peer Support Program for International Students: A Case Study at McGill University Library. In S. Arnold-Garza & C. Tomlinson (Eds.), Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Côté, M., Kochkina, S., & Mawhinney, T. (2016). Do You Want to Chat?: Reevaluating Organization of Virtual Reference Service at an Academic Library. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 56(1), 36-46. doi:10.5860/rusq.56n1.36 (free version)

Bain, C., Colosimo, A.C., Mawhinney, T., & Houle, L. (2016). Using WorldShare Collection Evaluation to Analyze Physical Science and Engineering Monograph Holdings by Discipline. Collection Management, 41(3), 133-151. doi:10.1080/01462679.2016.1208132 (free version)

Zhao, J.C., & Mawhinney, T. (2015). Comparison of Native Chinese-Speaking and Native English-Speaking Engineering Students' Information Literacy Challenges. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(6), 712-724. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.09.010 (free version)

  • Winner of the 2016 Chinese American Librarians Association Jing Liao Award for Best Research.

Spence, M., Saundry, A., Mawhinney, T., Dooley, S.J., & Barsky, E. Minding the Gaps: Comparing Engineering Research Output and Library Holdings at Four Large Universities. American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Seattle, WA, June 14-17, 2015.

Zhao, J.C., & Mawhinney, T. Identifying Challenges Faced by Chinese Undergraduate Engineering Students in Acquiring Information Literacy Skills – A Report on Survey Findings. American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18, 2014.

Barsky, E., Dooley, S., Mawhinney, T., Peterson, Z., & Spence, M. Influence of Discovery Search Tools on Science and Engineering E-books Usage. American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 23-26, 2013.

Spence, M., Mawhinney, T., & Barsky, E. (2012). How Much is Enough? Examining Computer Science and Civil Engineering Data to Inform Collection Development and Retention Decisions in Three Large Canadian University Libraries. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 71. doi:10.5062/F4ZS2TF7

Mawhinney, T. Social Network Sites for Engineers: A Necessary Distraction? Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference, Kingston, ON, June 7-9, 2010.

Lebowitz, A., & Mawhinney, T. (2010).  The World Outside: The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.  Access 16(1), 32-33.

Selected presentations

Zhao, J., & Mawhinney, T. Peer-led Library Services for International Students. Chinese American Librarians Association Annual Poster Session, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2016. Poster presentation.

Zhao, J., & Mawhinney, T. Information Literacy Challenges Faced by Chinese Students. 13th Annual Concordia Library Research Forum, Montréal, QC, April 10, 2015.

Badia, G., Colosimo, A., Mawhinney, T., & Zhao, J. Enhancing Librarians' Roles in an Undergraduate Communications Course: An Evolutionary Timeline. Congrès des milieux documentaires du Québec, Montréal, QC, December 1-3, 2014. Poster presentation.

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