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Ontario Library Service Welcomes Lee Puddephatt

The Ontario Library Service is happy to announce that Lee Puddephatt will be joining the Ontario Library Service Team as Training and Events Coordinator effective November 8th 2021. 

Lee brings to our organization a variety of experiences from inside and outside the public library sector. Lee has served in a variety of public service roles in several provincial libraries, most recently with the Milton Public Library.

Lee has infectious energy, sharp wit wrapped in humour and precision focus for all the details which will bring an impeccable level of quality and care to this new position for the OLS. These strengths will serve her well as she begins her work in support of Public Libraries in Ontario as part of the OLS Consulting Team.    

Lee shared the following with us:  “If there is one thing that my career in public libraries has taught me, especially throughout this past year, it’s that managing continual change is the key to our ongoing prosperity. Actively listening to our communities, evaluating our successes and failures, and responding to the needs of the world around us will ensure that libraries remain essential in cultivating an inclusive, open, democratic society.” 

In the spirit of camaraderie, we asked Lee to share some insights from her librarian mind:  

If you could be any character from any book who would you pick and why? 

Daisy Jones, from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six, because it’s based on the mesmerizing relationship between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham… and who isn’t in love with Stevie Nicks?!? Fun fact… I just got a puppy and named her Stevie.

A random and seldom known fact about me is? 

My last name means “fat belly” 🙂  

What was the most personally inspiring event you’ve ever helped plan? 

While working as a volunteer with the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) to help plan the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Super Conference, I was very fortunate to meet and work with keynote speaker Dr. Safiya U. Noble, author of the best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, exploring racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines. It was the most moving, impactful, eye-opening session I have ever attended, and I was gobsmacked by the positive response from the completely overpacked room.  

Who is your holy grail session presenter you one day hope to secure for an event?  

Michelle Obama. BOOM! 

What does engaged training look like and mean to you a librarian?  

To me as a librarian, and as a learner, engaged training means community-led, responsive training. For any initiative to be successful, it has to address an issue that is meaningful to those who will benefit from its implementation, and that means listening as much as talking. 

What does diversity, inclusion and connection mean to you?  

Diversity, inclusion, and connection means a mindful process of ongoing work to understand, reflect, and celebrate the commonalities and differences among us that foster collaboration and innovation.

Please join us in welcoming Lee to the Ontario Library Service team!

4 thoughts on “Ontario Library Service Welcomes Lee Puddephatt

  1. Lee, James Township Public Library (Elk Lake) would like to welcome you to the OLS team, as the new “Training and Events Coordinator” . I am sure we will have many new and exciting things to look forward to in the future 🙂

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