Michael Ridley

Michael Ridley

I’m a Librarian Emeritus at the University of Guelph and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), Western University (Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell). My areas of research interest are artificial intelligence, machine learning, information behaviour, algorithmic literacy, and information literacy.

In former lives I was Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at Guelph; Associate University Librarian, University of Waterloo; Head of Systems & Technical Services at the Health Sciences Library, McMaster University; and various positions at the University of Guelph Library. For many years I taught in Guelph’s First Year Seminar program and for the 2016-2017 academic year, I was the Acting Director of the program. Too much fun.

From March 2019 to June 2020 I was the Visiting Scholar at the Ryerson University Library where I worked in their Collaborary on interdisciplinary projects involving artificial intelligence and algorithmic literacy.

From 2019 to 2021 I was a Postgraduate Affiliate at the Vector Institute in Toronto. This two-year appointment allowed me to further my research as part of this leading-edge AI community.

I hold degrees from the University of Guelph (B.A.), the University of New Brunswick (M.A.), and the University of Toronto (M.L.S. and M.Ed.).

I have served as the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. I have been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO), the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), the Canadian Library Association, and the University of Guelph Board of Governors. For a number of years I was the Editor-in-Chief of Open Shelf, the e-magazine of the Ontario Library Association.

In 2007 I was named “Academic Librarian of the Year” (now called the OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award) by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 I was thrilled to be awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinguished Service Award (or as we now called it “The Larry”) from the Ontario Library Association. In 2010 I was honoured to be awarded the Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Canadian Library Association. In 2013 I was given the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) at the University of Toronto. In 2015 I was very honoured to receive the Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).