Michael RidleyMichael Ridley
Librarian Emeritus & PhD Candidate

McLaughlin Library, Room 302 University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 | @mridley |
Phone: 519-824-4120 x56747

Selective CV


Librarian Emeritus, University of Guelph (January 2019 –  ).
Librarian, University of Guelph (January 2013 – 2018).
Chief Information Officer, University of Guelph (2004 – 2012).
Chief Librarian, University of Guelph (1995 – 2012).
Associate Librarian for Systems, University of Waterloo (1991 – August 1995).
Head of Systems & Technical Services, Health Sciences Library, McMaster University (1985 – 1991).
Library Systems Analyst, University of Guelph (1982 – 1985).
Librarian, University of Guelph (1979 – 1982).


Visiting Scholar. Ryerson University Library. Toronto. March 2019-June 2020.
Postgraduate Affiliate. Vector Institute. Toronto. 2019-2021.


B.A. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1975.
M.L.S. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1979.
M.A. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1980.
M.Ed. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2014.
PhD. Western University, London, Ontario, in-progress, 2016 –



Ridley, M. (2012).  Beyond Literacy: Exploring a PostLiterate Future, Chicago & Toronto:  Association of College and University Libraries & Ontario Library Association.

Bailey Jr., C., Pearse, L., Ridley, M., & Rooks, D. (1991). The Public-Access Computer Systems Review. Chicago:  Library and Information Technology Association, American Library Association.

Bailey Jr., C., Pearse, L., & Ridley, M. (1990). The Public-Access Computer Systems Review. Chicago:  Library and Information Technology Association, American Library Association.

Book Chapters

Ridley, M. (2013). Culture, Values, and Change: Observations from Three Consortia in Canada.  In Maxine Melling and Margaret Weaver (Eds.), Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments. London, UK:  Facet Publishing.

Ridley, M. & Abrams, F. (1993). UWinfo at the University of Waterloo: Resource Sharing in the Virtual Community.  In Carrol Lunau (Ed.), Information Resource Sharing: Canadian Perspectives (pp. 30-33). Halifax, N.S.:  Dalhousie University Press.

Ridley, M. & Lavell, P. (1992). The Evolving Local Area Network: A Multi-Purpose, Multi-Protocol LAN.  In Marshall Breeding (Ed.), Library LANs: Case Studies in Practice and Application (pp. 356-375). Westport, CT:  Meckler.

Ridley, M. & Bailey Jr., C. W. (1992). Symposium on Staffing Issues and Public-Access Computer Systems.  In Charles W. Bailey Jr., Leslie B. Pearse and Michael Ridley (Eds.), The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (pp. 58-86). Chicago:  Library and Information Technology Association, American Library Association.

Articles in Journals (Peer Reviewed)

Ridley, M. (2019) The Autonomous Turn in Information Behaviour. Information Research 24(1).

Maas, B., Paige, B., Ridley, M., Rowe, T., Wandschneider, B., Melissa Woo (2012).  Filling the IT Leadership PipelineEDUCAUSE Review, 47.

Ridley, M. (1998).  Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) and the GIS in Canadian Libraries Initiative (GCLI): Policy Issues and Implications for Libraries and Universities. ACMLA: Bulletin (103), 14-19.

Ridley, M. (1997).  Community Development in the Digital World. Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana, 18 (3), 87-89.

Cook, D. & Ridley, M. (1990).  Computer-Mediated Communications SystemsCanadian Library Journal, 47, 413-417.

Pal, G., Brett, J., Flemming, T., & Ridley, M. (1989).  Providing electronic library reference service: Experiences from the Indonesia-Canada Tele-education projectThe Journal of Academic Librarianship, 15 (5), 274-278.

Conference Papers (Peer Reviewed)

Ridley. M. (2019. Algorithmic Literacy. Ryerson University IT Conference. Toronto.

Ridley, M. (2019). “Explainable AI: Explanations, Expectations, and Options”. Graduate Law and Artificial Intelligence Conference. Montreal: University of Montreal.

Ridley, M. & Pawlick-Potts, D. (2019) “Algorithmic Literacy: A Workshop for the Committed, the Curious, and the Confused (i.e. Everyone).” Toronto: Ontario Library Association SuperConference.

Ridley, M. (2018). The Autonomous Turn in Information Behaviour. ISIC2018: The Information Behaviour Conference, Kraków, Poland: Jagiellonian University.

Ridley, M. (2018). “Autonomous Agents and Information Behaviour” [poster]. ASIS&T SIG USE Symposium. Vancouver.

Ridley, M. & Burkell, J. (2018). “The Right to Explanation: Artificial Intelligence, Information Policy and the Black Box of Deep Learning.” Canadian Association of Law Librarians. Halifax, NS.

Ridley. M. (2018). “Are AIs Literate? Reading and Writing Artificial Intelligence.” Ontario Library Association. SuperConference. Toronto, Ontario.

Ridley, M. (2107). “Is AI Literate?Books and Screens and the Reading Brain. EU COST E-Read Action Conference. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Ridley, M. (2017). “The Right to Explanation: Artificial Intelligence and Information Policy”. Library Research Symposium. Hamilton: McMaster University.

Ridley, M. (2017). “Informationally Powerful Virtual Machines: The Book and Artificial Intelligence” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). Victoria: University of Victoria.

Ridley, M. (1994).  Innovation and Implementation: Adopting and Managing World Wide Web Services in Academic Libraries.   International World Wide Web Conference, Chicago: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 593-601.

Alger, E., Neufeld, V., Ridley, M., Jones, A., & MacDonald, P. (1990).  Computer Communications and Information Technology in Support of Community Oriented Medical Education. National and First International Conference on Information Technology and Community Health, Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria, 29-33.

Ahmed, K. & Ridley, M. (1988).  Computer Conferencing in Health Sciences – CoSy at McMaster.  In Robert A. Greenes (ed.) Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, New York: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 556-561.

Invited Lectures / Keynote Addresses

 Ridley, M. (2019). “Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic Literacy, and Roles for Libraries.” Urban Libraries Council. [webinar]

Ridley, M. (2018). “Artificial Intelligence and Libraries: Beyond the Hype and Towards the Opportunities and Challenges.” Fredericton: Atlantic Provinces Library Association. Annual Conference.

Ridley, M. (2018). “A Machine to Think With: Artificial Intelligence and Libraries.” Calgary: Calgary Public Library.

Ridley, M. (2018). “A Machine to Think With: Artificial Intelligence and Libraries.” Edmonton: Edmonton Public Library.

Ridley, M. (2018). A Machine to Think With. The History and Future of the Book. Western Libraries. Western University.

Magazine Articles (Non-Peer Reviewed)

 Ridley, M. (2018). Explainable AI (XAI) and LIS. Code4Lib North. OCADU, Toronto.

Ridley, M. (2018). Explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI). InsideOCULA.


 Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award. Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). 2015.

Faculty of Information Outstanding Alumni Award. Faculty of Information Alumni Association. University of Toronto. 2013.

Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian. Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL). A division of the Canadian Library Association (CLA). 2010.

Ontario Library Association President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. (For Knowledge Ontario). 2008.

The Larry Moore OLA Distinguished Service Award. Ontario Library Association. 2008.

Academic Librarian of the Year. Ontario College and University Libraries Association (OCULA). A division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). 2007.