2010 Masters Library & Information Studies Dalhousie University
1998 Bachelor of Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
1996 Masters of Arts Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
1995 Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction, University of Toronto
Medieval Studies specialist, Fine Art History major, English minor
1985-1987 Fashion Technique and Design, Sheridan College


2007 Special Education Specialist
2006 Librarianship – parts 1 & 2
1998 Intermediate History


2012— Supervisor, Library & Resource Services, Waterloo Region DSB
  • Oversee library services for 120 site school board system with over 65,000 students and teachers, and 1.5 million items
  • Administer systems: SirsiDynix Horizon ILS, OPAC, WebReporter, TekData SeriesM, Snap, and others, improving usability along the way
  • Supervise staff of 16 direct reports, and develop processes and procedures for over 150 library clerks and teacher-librarians
  • Manage departmental budget of $2 million
  • Develop library and information related policies and procedures.


2010-2012 Digital Projects Librarian Electronic Text Centre, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick
  • Developed and maintained open access institutional repository using DSpace platform
  • Investigated Fedora-Commons repository framework for research data storage
  • Promoted use of repository and other digital services around the university
  • Managed team of developers through range of digital initiatives
  • Wrote grants to fund and staff new projects as part of national and regional data sharing initiatives
  • Helped establish policies and protocols for project development, and data management
2009-2010 Student Intern, Archives and Special Collections, Killam Memorial Library, Dalhousie University
  • Provided reference services in music and special collections area of library
  • Developed process for, and carried out re-appraisal of business archives
  • Produced EAD / XML finding aids for newly processed fonds
  • Appraised and processed fonds entering collection
  • Updated and managed databases and website


2003-2006 Teacher-Librarian Windfields Junior High School, TDSB
  • Built library collection that boosted circulation by 30% each year
  • Initiated partnering program between library and subject teachers to teach information literacy skills
  • Developed and taught a wide range of literacy and computer lessons
  • Published lessons and provided system-wide workshop in integrating research skills in the wider school curriculum
2001-2003 Teacher-Librarian, Wilkinson P. S., TDSB
  • Designed school library website and moderated electronic staff bulletin board to improve communication
  • Designed and taught literacy, research, and computer skills, grades K-6
  • Maintained local computer lab for instructional purposes


2010 Teaching Assistant Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
  • Taught tutorial sessions for undergraduate Knowledge Management course (MGMT2601)
  • Assessed student learning to help guide the learning process
2009 Teaching Assistant (2 courses) Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
  • Assisted in teaching interdisciplinary course (MGMT5000) for 200 graduate students from the five schools in the Faculty of Management
  • Coached teams on effective project management skills
  • Ran tutorial sessions for undergraduate Information Literacy course (INFO1602) to help solidify concepts from weekly lecture
  • Developed lessons to help students better understand the research process in a technology based learning environment


2007-2008 Special Education Teacher Grade 5/6 – gifted core. Bowmore Rd. P.S.
  • Developed an integrated program for split grade gifted class to meet needs of a widely diverse student body
  • Served as Report Card Administrator to aid staff of 40 teachers during implementation of new reporting software program and interface
2006-2007 Special Education Teacher Grade 6, 7, 8, G.A. Brown Middle School
  • Taught core subjects to grade 6 gifted class, and Science and Visual Art to grade 7/8 gifted class
  • Focused on motivating talented but underachieving students to perform well at school
1998-2001 Teacher Grade 4/5 Wilkinson PS
  • Developed and taught split grade program with integrated Special Ed.
  • Acted as IT, Equity, and Language Arts Representative


2009-2010 Chair, Information Without Borders Conference Committee, Dalhousie University
  • Organised and ran a nine member committee for the 2010 student-led conference on information management
2002-2003 Teacher–Librarian Facilitator, TDSB family of schools
  • Organised and ran workshop series for local teacher-librarians to foster teamwork and share information
2001 2005 Associate Teacher, OISE/UT
  • Mentored new teacher candidates in BEd program
1998-2008 School Computer Resource
  • Provided local computer assistance, maintained school computer labs, and provided in-service workshops for teachers on many aspects of IT


2007-2008 Treasurer, Board of Directors, Scaramella Early Music concert series
  • Maintained and reported on financial records for group
  • Assisted in organisation and operation of concert series
2004-2008 President, Toronto Early Music Players Organisation
  • Organised 10 monthly music workshops annually featuring Canadian and international presenters for 35 member organisation
1999-2005 Newsletter Editor, Toronto Early Music Players Organisation
  • Edited and produced biannual newsletter to share members’ stories and news


RiverRun, UNB’s Institutional Repository
  • Managed the repository including technical aspects and content building, adding 20,000 items in the first year,
  • Hired and trained students to assist in development,
  • Liaised with deans and faculty to promote open access initiative.
Connell Memorial Herbarium
  • Initiated and oversaw project to digitise vascular plant sample vouchers in high-resolution for web access,
  • Reworked metadata for 45,000 records to conform to the Darwin Core Metadata Standard,
Federated Search
  • Developed project to federate searching of UNB’s many digital resources across multiple platforms and server locations and to highlight collections,
  • Configured Google Search Appliance to crawl accross 35 disperate collections.
Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal
  • Managed development of complex aboriginal language site involving local and international stakeholders, featuring community sourced data.
Women Social Activists of Atlantic Canada
  • Oversaw development of faculty publication online, including advising on copyright issues, web usability, design, and copy editing.
History of Education in New Brunswick
  • Initiated and implemented refurbished digital publication of this important local primary resource.


Allen, G. (Oct. 2009). Measuring the Value of Library Services: An Outline for Nova Scotia. [Consultative Report] Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia.
2004-2007 Regular Music Review contributor, American Recorder Magazine
2004 Co-author, Teaching New France Through the Research Process. TDSB Library department


2011 Allen, G. & Stepelfeldt, K. Renovations at the Roach Motel. Canadian Library Association, Halifax 2011.
2010 Allen, G., Dorey, J., Leinberger, A., & Georgopalis, R. ACA@School. Panel discussion, Association of Canadian Archivists conference, Halifax 2010.
2009 Allen, G. Measuring the Value of Library Services: An Outline for Nova Scotia. Presentation for Nova Scotia Council of Regional Librarians.
2004 Allen, G. Teaching New France Through the Research Process. TDSB Library dept. Summer Institute.


Leadership Award, Dalhousie School of Information Management 2010
Canadian Library Association/ACB Dafoe Scholarship 2008
Graduate Studies Scholarship, Dalhousie University 2008
The Professor George Metcalf Scholarship, Victoria University 1998
Faculty Scholar (Dean’s List), University of Toronto 1993-95


Council of Atlantic University Libraries communication committee 2011-2012
CLA Conference program selection committee 2011-
Treasurer, Association of Canadian Archivists, Dalhousie student chapter 2009
Student Representative, Curriculum and Continuing Education Committee, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University 2008-2010
Report Card Administrator, Bowmore Rd. PS 2007-2008
Equity Representative & Technology lead, Windfields JHS 2003-2006
Information Technology Representative, Wilkinson PS 1998-2003
Member, Association of Canadian Archivists 2008-2011
Member, Ontario College of Teachers 1998-2009


Operating systems: PC and Mac platforms
Databases: SQL, DSpace, Fedora-Commons, MS Access, FileMaker Pro, ArcView GIS, SirsiDynix Horizon, LimeSurvey
Content Management Systems: Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress
Office Tools: MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, Open Office
Knowledge Management: FirstClass communication systems
Graphics: Adobe Photoshop
Web design: HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, Oxygen


Reading knowledge of Latin, Old English, Middle English, German, French

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