For complete information on the Information and Library Technologies Program, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website.

Members of the Department

Dabryneuskaya, Natallia : Technician (On leave)

Dabryneuskaya, Natallia

Technician (On leave)
514-457-6610 ext. 5113

Henderson, Catherine :

Henderson, Catherine

514-457-6610 ext. 5156

Cate Henderson worked for many years in document and records management in the private sector before deciding to study librarianship and archives. She subsequently discovered a passion for working with sound and audiovisual media, working primarily as a Media Librarian for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She has also worked on projects at other media archives such as Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner and ArcMtl.

She has completed a BA in English (UVic), MA in Music (Open University), and a Masters in Information Studies (McGill). She joined the ILT Department in 2021.

Kruk, Lidia :

Kruk, Lidia

514-457-6610 ext. 5114

Lidia has been teaching at John Abbott College since 2012. She has worked as a sessional lecturer in the School of Information Studies at McGill University.  She also taught Information Literacy at Concordia University and volunteered as a tutor of English as a second language. Prior to teaching, she enjoyed a career in special, public, school, and academic libraries.  Lidia received her MLIS from McGill University, her undergraduate degree in Human Relations from Concordia University, and her ILT diploma from John Abbott College. Her areas of expertise include classification, cataloguing and information literacy. She is a member of the Quebec Library Association

Maude, Melissa : Chair

Maude, Melissa

514-457-6610 ext. 5111

Melissa Maude joined the ILT Department in the fall of 2002 and is currently Chair, in addition to teaching courses in areas related to research and reference services.

Prior to teaching at JAC, Melissa worked as a Reference librarian at Library and Archives Canada after having held various library positions in both public and private sector organizations in Canada and the United States.

Melissa earned her B.A. in Communication Studies at Concordia University and her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi.

She is currently a member of the American Library Association and ABQLA.

Robinson, Sally :

Robinson, Sally

514-457-6610 ext. 5112

Sally has taught in both the library-related and records management/archives streams of the Information & Library Technologies program. Most recently she has focused on teaching research skills, library systems and instructional methods.

Sally was born and educated in England and held various supervisory positions in the U.K. government. After her arrival in Canada, she chose a new direction and, having volunteered in school libraries, became a student in the Information & Library Technologies program. Following library-related work experience in an elementary school library and pharmaceutical library, she returned to John Abbott to work as the ILT program technician. She began teaching part-time in the department in 2004 and completed a Master’s degree in Education in 2011. Her research focused on the ILT program as a learning community.

Sally is a member of ABQLA – Quebec Library Association.

Szeben, Esther :

Szeben, Esther

514-457-6610 ext, 5106

Esther has been teaching in Information and Library Technologies at John Abbott College since 2016 in the Records Management / Archives Stream and also teaches courses related to computer systems, information processing and management.

She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Ottawa in Religious Studies and History (1997). With this inclination for research, Esther completed her Masters in Library and Information Studies at McGill University (1999). She has worked as a reference librarian in academic and public libraries and worked as a consultant in records management in the pharmaceutical industry as well as for one of Canada’s oldest companies, Molson Inc. She has also held various positions in non-profit organizations.

Esther is a member of the Quebec Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. She is an active member in the John Abbott community assisting in college-wide programs that include Makers Week, The Plant Sale and Academic Coaching. She has been a member of Academic Council, the Curriculum Validation Committee and Cheating and Plagiarism Appeals Committee.

Zohoorian Fooladi, Niusha :

Zohoorian Fooladi, Niusha

514-457-6610 ext. 5749

Niusha Zohoorian Fooladi holds a Bachelor's degree (2002), a Master's degree (2008), and a PhD (2014) in Library and Information Science from universities in Iran and Malaysia. In addition, she took courses at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information at Université de Montréal in 2015.

She has been teaching at John Abbott since fall 2016, instructing courses in both library-related and records management/archives streams.

Niusha's professional experience includes roles such as Cataloger at the National Library of Iran (2002-2003), followed by her position in managing the library and archive of a specialized institution in the field of business and management for seven years (2003-2010). After relocating from her home country, she worked as a librarian in academic, public, and children's libraries in Malaysia and Canada. She has also taught cataloging and classification at McGill University and has an interest in research. She has published articles, which include: - Academic librarians and their social media presence: a story of motivations and deterrents - Personifying the social media presence of academic librarians: A uses and gratifications perspective - Social tagging in a scholarly digital library environment: users' perspectives - What scholarly channels and resources do authors trust to read, cite and publish in? A Malaysian study - Trust and authority in the periphery of world scholarly communication: A Malaysian focus group

She is a member of ARMA, the Quebec Library Association (ABQLA), and volunteering as the president of the cataloging and technical services at ABQLA.


For a detailed list of courses offered, please visit the Information Library Technologies section of the Program Planner.

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