Margy MacMillan, MLS
Margy MacMillan is a professor, instruction librarian and communications librarian with a passion for information literacy. She joined the Mount Royal community in 1990.
MacMillan earned her BA in French from the University of Victoria (1984) and received her Master of Library Service from Dalhousie University in 1986.
Macmillan works closely with Communications students at Mount Royal — acting as a library resource and instructor, but also surveying and supporting their information literacy skills. Her research is aimed at testing tools for the assessment of information literacy across all disciplines, starting with students in the Journalism stream.
An embedded librarian with the Journalism curriculum, MacMillan has extended her literacy research project for another five years to study the acquisition and retention of information skills and the impact of changes in the program as it moves to a four-year degree .
MacMillan also boasts a daunting list of academic publications and her expertise has been recognized in various ways over the years, including receiving Mount Royal Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2002, nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award in 2011 and Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1997.
Her work has also been included in the Top 20 Library Instruction Articles of 2009 — conferred by American Library Association Library Instruction Roundtable, and her article, Watching Learning Happen, was one of three discussed at Illuminating New Instruction Research: Applying Research to Practice by the Association of College and Research Libraries at the American Literacy Association Annual Conference in 2009.
Recently, MacMillan has taken a new interest in the challenges students face in reading and using scholarly articles. This has resulted in workshops within a number of classes designed to familiarize students with the structures of scholarly communication and to introduce tips for reading and using this material more effectively.
Outside of Mount Royal, MacMillan keeps busy as a member of the Foothills Library Association, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and member of the Beta Phi Mu Library Honor Society.