Bring It On! Why the Crisis in Academic Librarianship is the Best Thing Ever…

by Lorne Madgett on August 16, 2012

in 2012 Lecture,Vancouver Lectures,Victoria Lectures

The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Mike Ridley

Former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph

who will be speaking about

 Bring It On!

Why the Crisis in Academic Librarianship is the Best Thing Ever and What We Should Do About It.

***Archived webcast***

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  Vancouver

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 9:30 – 11:30am,

SFU Vancouver, Room 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

 RSVP: [link to booking system]

***Doors open at 9:00am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation start at 9:30am***

Victoria

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 9:30 – 12 noon,
University of Victoria, Room 210, McPherson Library

 RSVP: [link to booking system]

***Doors open at 9:30 am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation start at 10:00am***

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Abstract: There is a crisis in academic librarianship. Or so we are being told. Frankly, I’m delighted. This is happening not a moment too soon. While there are some significant challenges in our field, the real looming crisis is that we might not grasp the tremendous opportunity before us. It’s time to escape the echo chamber and break out of the filter bubble. Our universities are at a critical stage of transformation. The challenges they face are exactly the issues academic librarians can respond to: learning outcomes, learning objectives, research productivity, self-directed learning, research accountability, critical thinking, technology leadership, and more.

Let’s forego the orthodoxies; let’s call a truce in the turf wars. Instead let’s reaffirm the values that guide us, the expertise we have, and the strategies necessary to lead organizational transformation. There has never been a more exciting time to be an academic librarian.

About the Speaker:

Until January 2012, Mike Ridley was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph. Currently, on sabbatical, he is writing a book on literacy, completing a graduate degree in higher education, editing Access (the magazine of the Ontario Library Association), teaching, and consulting with a number of professional organizations.

He has been a professional librarian since 1979 working at a variety of positions at the University of Guelph, the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo. In 1995 he returned to the University of Guelph as the Chief Librarian and in 2004 was named the CIO.

Ridley has 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. He has been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN),and the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) and the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph.

He blogs at MichaelRidley.ca and can be found on Twitter @mridley. Mike is a failed rock star.

For more information about the Lecture series see http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/ or contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy Black (blackn@unbc.ca), Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca),

Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca)

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