Category Archives: Leadership

Edmonton Public Library

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time at the Edmonton Public Library. Frankly, I’m a big fan. EPL is facing all the challenges that every public library is trying to address but they are doing so with an … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Leadership, Libraries | Leave a comment

Get Out of the Bubble

Nothing is so constant in Canada (and particularly in Ontario recently) as asking (and answering) the question: What’s Wrong with Our Universities? Depending on who you ask the answer varies: nothing and everything. The recent op ed piece in the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in HigherEd, Leadership | 2 Comments

A Way Forward

It’s been a difficult few weeks for libraries and archives in Canada. Cuts from Library and Archives Canada. Defensive keynote addresses at Canadian Library Association and Association of Canadian Archivists meetings. Blogs and tweets expressing outrage and frustration. Unless we … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Leadership, Libraries | Leave a comment

The National Librarian and Archivist Speaks to the Canadian Library Association. Now What?

“Missed opportunity” is the charitable way to describe Dr. Caron’s keynote address last week to the annual meeting of the Canadian Library Association. More honestly, it was a train wreck. Or maybe it was just the provocation we need to … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Leadership, Librarianship, Libraries | 11 Comments

Librarians, Crisis, Higher Education: the Real Challenge

One of the blogs I like to follow is the Librarians Committee Blog from the University of Toronto Faculty Association. Always interesting, often instructive, sometimes infuriating. Recently, like many, the authors of this blog have railed against the various abuses … Continue reading

Share
Posted in HigherEd, Leadership, Librarianship | Leave a comment

Library and Archives Canada (A Modest Proposal)

The recent news out of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has been devastating: slashed programs, reduced or eliminated services, moratorium on new acquisitions, distribution of existing collections to other institutions, and other depressing announcements. This is more than a response … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Leadership, Libraries | 6 Comments

Why I Want to Serve on the Board of Governors

I’ve decided to let my name stand for the open faculty position on the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph. Faculty representatives to the Board are elected by Senate; voting begins April 2nd. Why would I do this? … Continue reading

Share
Posted in AboutMike, HigherEd, Leadership, UofGuelph | Leave a comment

ORION THINK Conference 2012

ORION is the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network. The focus is on innovation. The Think Conference is ORION’s new annual meeting format and I am encouraging you to attend. [Full disclosure: I’m on the ORION Board of Directors] Here’s … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Information, IT, Leadership | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Ontario Higher Education (Part 5)

With this post, my series of reflections on Ontario higher education concludes (the sighs of relief from my reader/s are audible). So, last up: Now what? What does this all mean? At the end of the symposium Harvey Weingarten (Higher … Continue reading

Share
Posted in HigherEd, Leadership | 1 Comment

Thoughts on Ontario Higher Education (Part 4)

I’ve been exploring a number of issues related to higher education in Ontario as the “system” prepares for both enrolment increases and budget constraints. Today’s question: If new enrolment is concentrated around the GTA, what are all the other universities … Continue reading

Share
Posted in HigherEd, Leadership | Leave a comment