Melissa Fraser-Arnott

Melissa Fraser-ArnottMelissa Fraser-Arnott is interested in the professional experiences of individuals and the community of library and information science graduates working in non-traditional libraries or non-library environments.  Her work experiences have included positions in government libraries, as a collection manager for a completely electronic open-access library collection, and as a Commercial Officer for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa, Canada.  Melissa graduated with an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 and has since pursued certificates in Access to Information and the Protection of Privacy (University of Alberta), records management (University of Toronto iSchool), Web Design (Algonquin College), Web Development (Algonquin College), and the Teaching and Training of Adults (Algonquin College).  She wais an active member of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and was the Secretary for the national executive of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS).

Dissertation Title: Personalizing Professionalism: The Professional Identity Experiences of LIS Graduates in Non-Library Roles

San José University Supervisor: Dr. Bill Fisher


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • MLIS (Library and Information Science), University of Western Ontario
  • B.Sc. (Psychology and International Relations), University of Toronto

Current or Most Recent Position:

  • Librarian, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Casual Librarian, Ottawa Public Library
  • Professor, School of Part Time Studies, Algonquin College