Venessa Wallsten

University Librarian


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BSc, University of Alberta
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), University of Alberta

Venessa Wallsten, University Librarian, has been in her field over 15 years. After a few years exploring careers in the technical and public library sectors, she returned to academia at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.  When the opportunity to build a library for a new university presented itself, it was too exciting to pass up.

Since joining Quest in 2006, Venessa has overseen the selection and purchasing all of the Library collections, implementation of technical systems, hiring of staff, development and implementation of Library policies, space configuration of the facility, and the establishment of many of the programs and services currently offered to students and faculty.  

She holds a BSc specialising in Behavioural and Neuropsychology at the University of Alberta, and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), again from the University of Alberta.

Unsurprisingly, Venessa’s favourite pastimes include reading—foreign mysteries, science fiction and historical nonfiction are her current favourites. Ink drawing, gardening and building intricate house floor plans with Lego™ are just a few of her other interests.  She is slowly converting her backyard to raised vegetable beds and endeavouring to keep herons and bears out of the goldfish pond.

If Venessa had a Question, it would be something like, “How does physical space influence instructional and learning pedagogies?”

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