Category Archives: Librarianship

The Demise of CLA

Today the members of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) voted overwhelmingly to disband the organization. I’m a member of the Executive Committee of CLA that moved the motion to do this. In many ways it’s a sad day. CLA has been … Continue reading

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Returning to the Ranks

In January I “returned to the ranks” (I stepped down as an administrator and became a non-management librarian again). At least I think I did this. There might be some doubt. Some context. Having served as Chief Librarian and CIO at … Continue reading

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Open Shelf: Towards a New Digital Magazine for OLA

One of my current projects is to move the Ontario Library Association (OLA) magazine from print to online. I’m the Editor-in-Chief. I’m tweeting about it @OpenShelfOLA as it evolves but I thought a longer reflection might be of interest. As … Continue reading

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Margaret Beckman’s Fur Coat

We all know clothing tells stories; there are secrets too. This is the story of Margaret Beckman’s fur coat. Margaret was the Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph from 1971 to 1984. She hired me into my first professional … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on the Closing of the DFO Libraries

There has been lots of commentary, discussion, and outrage on the closing of various DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) libraries and the disposition of their collections. At this point there are some key facts I don’t fully know or … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading

I now only publish in open access journals and what I publish myself (or with teams) is either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA. Admittedly, this is a mere (and largely unnoticed) drop in the scholarship bucket. It’s something, but I … Continue reading

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The Next Phase of My Professional Life

As many of you will know, I’ve been on a two year sabbatical/administrative leave. Sadly it is coming to an end in January (but I have been productive: see here, here, and here for a detailed accounting). However, I’m very … Continue reading

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The Hunt Library, Innovation, and Tenure

The Hunt Library at NCSU is an extraordinary achievement and I send out my congrats to Susan Nutter (the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries) and the many wonderful folks who made it happen. I had a chance to visit … Continue reading

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I’m a Librarian

I made it. I’m now a librarian. Well, to be accurate, I’m a Librarian. Those of you who know me may be wondering, “haven’t you been a librarian for some time?” Yes, and no. Like faculty, academic librarians have ranks: … Continue reading

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Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL): Additional Thoughts

CAPAL (the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians) held an Open Forum and its first membership meeting Thursday afternoon in Toronto. I’ve written previously about my reservations about CAPAL but I did join and I did participate in these meetings. … Continue reading

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