Aleha McCauley

Community Engagement Librarian (Business Services)


A proud alumnus to UBC, Aleha McCauley joined the Learning Centre in September 2008. Prior to that, she worked with the Vancouver Public Library as a Science and Business Reference Librarian, where her responsibilities included collection development, library instruction and tours, and in-depth business reference services. In 2007, she also managed the Italian Culture Centre Society Library (part-time), where she lead a small team of volunteers, oversaw the move of a collection of approximately 6000 items, and worked with various departments and committees to plan for the Library reopening for Spring 2009. Prior to completing her MLIS from the iSchool, Aleha was a conflict resolution counselor at the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC.

Current Role and Responsibilities

Aleha is involved in a variety of community engagement initiatives and digital projects that foster connections between UBC library expertise and resources with off campus audiences in Vancouver and beyond. These include the Small Business Accelerator (SBA), the Making Research Accessible Initiative and Community Scholars Program. Aleha is also involved in recruiting students to support the Learning Centre’s community engagement portfolio.

One area of focus for Aleha is supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses secondary research needs. For example, in 2014, Aleha was recognized for her exemplary academic business librarianship by the Special Libraries Association Business and Finance Division for her work providing innovative digital services to BC entrepreneurs.

Aleha enjoys collaborating with campus partners such as Entrepreneurship@UBC, the Learning Exchange, and others to find ways to extend UBC’s extensive resources, knowledge, and expertise to assist our diverse communities across BC in meaningful ways.

Aleha’s research interests include information services for entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as the role of academic librarians in community engagement, democratizing knowledge, and public scholarship. Aleha is currently a co-investigator in the Supporting Transparent and Open Research Engagement and Exchange (STOREE) grant funded through a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant.



Phone: (604) 827-3906


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