Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott is a library and information science professional and active volunteer in her profession and community. Her professional experience has included roles at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Ottawa Public Library, Algonquin College, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
Melissa completed her PhD in the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – San José State University (SJSU) Gateway PhD program. Her thesis was a grounded theory project exploring the professional identity experiences of library and information science (LIS) graduates in non-library roles. She has presented and published on topics such as transferable competencies, competency development, library management, library service marketing, and knowledge management. She has taught courses on library management, acquisitions, government information, and website design and development and has provided guest lectures on information management and privacy.
Melissa is active in several library associations. She is the co-chair of the Special Library Association (SLA) Leadership and Management Division (LMD) marketing group, served on the executive on the Canadian Association for Special Libraries and Information Services (CASLIS), is a member of the leadership and management advisory committee for the iSchool at San José State University, and is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) external review panel pool.