Larry McCallum

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Larry McCallum

Instructional Designer
250-391-2600 ext. 4108


Larry worked as a journalist from 1986 until the late 1990s. He began as a reporter-photographer for the Whistler Question, served as editor of the Banff Crag & Canyon and the Richmond News, and freelanced for BC Business, the Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, etc. He was a copy editor for BC Report and Georgia Straight and a staff writer at Business In Vancouver.

He was a librarian from 1997 until the 2010s, working at UBC, U Idaho, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma), Abu Dhabi Men’s College, U Alberta, and at government and public libraries. His duties included lots of teaching, web development and some instructional design and development. His instructional design work has gradually increased over the last 15 years, including work at the Justice Institute of BC, Alberta Health Services, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Island Health. His interests include photography, digital darkroom, bicycling, motorcycles, travel, cinema, music, reading and writing.


As an academic librarian, Larry engaged in teaching, instructional design (classroom and online), reference, literature searches, faculty liaison and website development. As a journalist, his work included photo editing, layout, and editing for accuracy, brevity and plain language. As an instructional designer his work has included copy editing, working with subject matter experts to blueprint courses, and instructional development using various learning-management systems and a wide array of software, code and hardware.


During the 1980s, Larry completed his Bachelor of Arts (English) at UBC followed by journalism school at Langara College. He went on to complete a master’s in library and information studies in 1997 (UBC). He began a master’s in educational technology with UBC while managing a college library in Abu Dhabi, completing it in 2010. 


In the past, Larry taught credit courses in library science and many workshops (and a few courses) on information literacy to students and faculty.