It is with deep sadness that we inform the Carleton community of the death of Flavia Renon, a Reference and Instruction Librarian in the MacOdrum Library.
Flavia joined the Library in 2003 after spending the early part of her career as a high school teacher. A life-long learner, she was most recently a PhD student at Carleton in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies after having previously completed her Master of Education from University of Ottawa in 2013 and Master of Library and Information Science from University of Western Ontario in 1994.
Her commitment to improving access to education was evident in the work she undertook throughout her career. She was an accomplished researcher and a frequent presenter and invited speaker in the areas of high school to university transition; integrated literacies, personal learning environments, libraries as learnings spaces, self-study and professional practice, and library and information studies education. She was also instrumental in the practical implementation of programs that would help students navigate the transition from high school to post-secondary education. Flavia was very involved with organizing a High School Partnership program that worked with local high schools every year to bring students into the Library to help prepare them for university.
Flavia was also the recipient of Carleton’s Professional Achievement Award in 2006 and 2015, recognizing the value of her mentorship to colleagues and her students. It was also an acknowledgement of her many collaborations at Carleton, including those she had built with Neuroscience, Psychology, the Educational Development Centre, and the Discovery Centre. Her impact also reached beyond the Carleton community as she partnered with colleagues not just at Carleton, but also other universities across Canada and the United States including a research collaboration with Purdue University.
Always very generous with her time, Flavia was active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), a member of IFLA’s Standing Committee on Library Theory and Research Study, and a member of an IFLA Working Group on Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE).
Our hearts go out to Flavia’s family, friends, and colleagues