Category Archives: Libraries

Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE)

The scholarly communications environment in Canada is complex, diverse, and evolving quickly as digital scholarship becomes more prominent in almost every field. The stakeholders are equally diverse including researchers, publishers, scholarly societies, academic libraries, information technology organizations, high performance networking … 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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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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Culture, Values and Change: Observations from Three Consortia in Canada

“Culture, Values and Change: Observations from Three Consortia in Canada” is a chapter I contributed to a new collections of essays published this year by Facet Publishing (a unit of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). My … Continue reading

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Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians: Some Initial Thoughts

There’s an old joke that says if you get more than three librarians together in a room they will form a new library association. We do seem have a lot of these things: Alphabet Soup of Library Associations Active in … Continue reading

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Library and Archives Canada (Editorial in Access)

I’ve written about the situation at Library and Archives Canada before (here and here); things aren’t getting much better despite all the protests and consultations. I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Access, the magazine of the Ontario Library Association. The most recent … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Academic Librarianship

This past September I was invited to give a talk as part of the BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series. As part of the invitation I gave the same talk at Simon Fraser University one day and at the University … Continue reading

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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

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Beyond Literacy: What I’ve Been Up To …

I’m terrified. In the best way possible…. For some time I’ve been working on a project about the idea of “post-literacy.” It’s a positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic exploration of the end of literacy (and the rise of some more profound … Continue reading

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