Allen W. Wright

Toronto, ON




Organizational Skills:  Developing and completing projects including preparing work schedules, assigning articles, editing, consulting legal advisors, coordinating with design teams and supervising finished product. Chairing workshops on Canadian popular culture and the role of the Internet in education at international academic conferences. Serving on the organizational committee of conferences. Designing and promoting large display at university library and promoting it on CityTV

Communication Skills:  Outstanding communication skills, including editing and writing for scholarly and popular publications, editing corporate newsletters, making presentations to academic audiences, conducting extended interviews with children’s, young adult and genre authors, politicians and world-renown scholars

Research Skills: Superb research skills, including finding visual footage for news organization under tight deadlines, conducting extensive medical literature searches, providing information and materials to award-winning documentaries, Broadway-bound musicals, films in development, international students and teachers, producing exhaustively-researched scholarly presentations on medieval literature and modern popular culture for international conferences 

Cataloguing Skills:  Creating and revising catalogue entries using the principles of AACR2, Library of Congress Subject Headings and National Library of Medicine Subject Headings, MARC coding and authority control, as well as with non-standard formats

Analytic and Creative Skills:  Logic and problem-solving skills, identifying connections and patterns and taking corrective action, developing alternative solutions

Customer Service Skills:  Providing front-line customer service to clients under tight deadlines.

General Management Skills: Motivating through clear expectations, increasing ownership and validating contributions, scheduling, meeting deadline requirements, budgeting, and identifying possible efficiencies

Technical Skills: Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, e-mail and Internet, HTML and PhotoShop 





Clerical Staff, Kelly Services, 2005

·         Create PowerPoint presentations and Word documents

·         Send and receive correspondence


Literacy Test Marker, Drake International, 2004-2005

·         Assessed and marked Grade 10 Literacy tests. Analyzed and provided feedback on marking schemes


Media Librarian, Visual Resources, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, Ont., 2003-2004

·         Researched and provided visual footage for reporters and producers

·         Responded to in-person, telephone and e-mail requests. Prepared news reports and stock footage for transmission on satellite network

·         Catalogued (“shotlisted”) news and stock footage

·         Collected footage for use in promotions. Staffed the circulation desk, signed items in and out of library, shelved videotapes


Audio-Visual Librarian, St. Joseph’s Healthcare – Centre for Mountain Health Services, Hamilton, Ont.., 2003 

·         Conducted medical literature research for doctors and nurses

·         Booked, delivered and set-up audio-visual equipment for board meetings, educational seminars and patients 

·         Made and processed interlibrary loan requests for Regional Health Network, delivering and receiving journals and books to and from other medical libraries 

·         Organized and updated display of journals. Shelved items and handled circulation duties

·         Updated library catalogue

·         Produced electronic resource pathfinders and a brochure promoting library to hospital staff


Office assistant/Clerical worker/Customer Service Representative, Kelly Services, Toronto, Ont., 2001-2003 (intermittent)

·         Processed Esso fleet card applications from businesses and embassy staff

·         Prepared business responses to customers

·         Data entry

·         Handled inbound and outbound customer service/collections telephone calls, correcting credit card errors


Assistant Editor, Corporate Communications, Imperial Oil, Toronto, Ont. 2000-2001 

·         Oversaw the production of multiple corporate newsletters – including preparing budgets and schedules, assigning articles, seeking legal clearances, and copy editing

·         Copy edited contests and promotional material


Copy editor/Text Processing Specialist, INOFAS Integrated Systems, Scarborough, Ont. 1997-2000

·         Corrected errors in and formatted legal documents that had been converted to electronic sources


Additional Experience


Webmaster, Robin Hood – Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood ( 1997 to present

·         Created educational website that has won awards from and The Open Directory Project

·         Praised on television, radio and in newspapers

·         Many university courses link to this site. Wrote scholarly and popular historical articles

·         Interviewed best-selling authors and politicians


Editing: Features Editor, Ryersonian, 1996

·         Assigned and developed longer articles for campus newspaper


Writing: 1992-2000

·         Contributed articles to several arts and cultural publications, including Artery and Zdorov!




Library and Information Technician Program (In progress, started 2003)

Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario


B.A.A. in Journalism for Degree Graduates, 1996

Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario


Honours B.A. in History and English, 1993

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario


Select Publications

“’Begone, Knave! Robbery is out of fashion hereabouts!’: Robin Hood and the Comics Code Authority” in The Outlaw Tradition: New Interdisciplinary Studies , edited by Helen Phillips, Manchester University Press (forthcoming – originally presented at 1999 academic conference in Nottingham)

“Sketching Thoughts” (art review) Zdorov!, The Magazine of Ukrainian Things, Summer 1997.


REFERENCES: Available on request


JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO: Available on request and online at