Music in Saskatchewan

Our current exhibition Music in Saskatchewan, curated by librarian Carolyn Doi, continues to attract strong public interest, including media interest with both CBC and the Star Phoenix recently interviewing Carolyn. For more information, click here.

The exhibition, on the first floor of Murray Library, continues through until the end of March.

Aboriginal Internship continues to spark attention

Library sector and broader community interest in the University Library’s Aboriginal Internship continues with Intern Jessica Generoux front and centre in a range of media articles and industry publications — the latest interest coming from Library Journal.  Click here for the full article.

Dean’s Award for Excellence

I established the Dean’s Award for Excellence in 2007 to recognize library employees for their exceptional demonstration of core values of both the university and the library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission.

The award may be made to an invidual library employee and/or team. For the purpose of this award, a team consists of two or more individuals who interact dynamically and interdependently to achieve spceficied, shared, and valued organizational objectives for which they are collectively responsible.

The award is valued at $1,000 and is intended to support the career development and/or enhance the working environment of the recipient(s). A maximum of two awards may be made in any one year; one each in the categories of individual and team. In circumstances where there are no nominations or nominations do not meet an appropriate standard, no award will be made.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence is March 31. Please consider nominating an individual or team today!

Supporting Student Learning

I am very pleased to share that the 2014-2015 award recipients for the Linda Fritz Scholarship for Library Assistant, and the Edna Jen Warrington Bursary for Student Library Assistants have been announced.

Established in 2002, the Linda Fritz Scholarship for Library Assistants was developed to recognize academic excellence of students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan who have worked for the University Library. Librarian Emerita Linda Fritz retired in 2008, and we celebrate and appreciate her continued association with the University Library as one of our active donors. This year, I am pleased to announce that Sudheej Krishnan is the recipient of this scholarship. Sudheej is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program specializing in forensic mental health. Congratulations Sudheej!

Established in 2012, the Edna Jen Warrington Bursary for Student Library Assistants was developed to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan who currently work or have worked as a Student Library Assistant at the University Library. Over many years, Edna Jen Warrington provided distinguished service in various roles at the University Library, retiring in 2012, but remaining a very active supporter and donor. This year, I am pleased to announce that Joseph Sillito is the recipient of this bursary. Joseph is currently a student in the College of Law. Congratulations Joseph!

Library Collaboration in Western Provinces

Coming to you this week from Vancouver, BC where Deans/Directors’ of university libraries that make up the membership of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) are meeting on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). The COPPUL consortium is comprised of 23 university libraries located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, plus 15 affiliate members that participate in licenses for electronic resources. COPPUL provides leadership in the development of collaborative solutions addressing the academic information resource needs, the staffing development needs, and the preservation needs of its member institutions.

Deans/Directors will be discussing the strategic directions framework and priority projects. They will also be participating in a special focus day on flexible and online learning where David Porter from Simon Fraser University will lead off discussions with his opening remarks on “What are new service sweets spots for libraries amid the blur of flexible learning models being contemplated by our institutions?”.

I am definitely enjoying the Spring weather in BC.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

On Friday, February 27 I was excited to hear that the new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy for Research was released. The Policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal articles funded in whole or in part by the Agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) must be made publicly available within 12 months of publication.

This long awaited announcement by Minister Holder builds on the existing CIHR Open Access Policy, which has been in place since 2008, and is the culmination of the 2010 endorsement of Open Access principles by all three agencies.  The policy takes effect on May 1, 2015.

The policy initiative has been well received within the library profession and by professional bodies across North America and in the international Open Access community.  For example, both the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition (SPARC) have issued public statements welcoming the policy initiative.

Locally, one is left to speculate if this national policy change might finally foster a campus-wide conversation and institutional endorsement of Open Access principles by the University of Saskatchewan – something which has been the norm at similar institutional across the world for some time now.  Is now the time for a University Council resolution in support of Open Access?

Music in Saskatchewan

While the continuous cool weather lends itself to staying inside with a good book, there is always the option of visiting the Link Gallery (located on the first floor, Murray Library) to view our current exhibition: Music in Saskatchewan.

This exhibition explores the diversity of Saskatchewan’s musical history through the work of local artists, composers and producers. The musical artefacts from the Saskatchewan Music Collection and the University Library collections serve to provide a record of the province’s people, culture and heritage. This exhibition also features an interactive listening tour in addition to the displayed ephemera, instruments, scores, historical sheet music, sound recordings and print monographs. Some of the themes include the history of music on the radio, music education, Aboriginal and Métis music, music at the University of Saskatchewan and featured award winning albums. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to listen to selected musical tracks and browse the newly launched Saskatchewan Music Collection website through an iPad display.



Library Transformation Continues | Veterinary Medicine Library Renovations

The University’s commitment to continue the transformation of our library’s collections, facilities, and services in response to changes in scholarly communication and publishing; capturing opportunities provided by new and emerging technologies; meeting growing demands for differently configured learning spaces; and, consolidating low use print collections, continues.

Since last summer, the Veterinary Medicine Library has undergone renovations, and the University Library and Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are planning a celebration to mark the completion of the capital refurbishment work.  The renovations have repurposed spaces to provide refreshed individual and group study areas, including the addition of carrels, tables and chairs, soft seating, and bookable team rooms. Congratulations to the joint college and library project team who, together with Facilities Management Division, have overseen the many aspects of planning and implementation for this project.

The University Library and the WCVM will host a grand re-opening event at the library on Tuesday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. I hope you are available to attend and view library transformation in action!

Click here to view photos of the Veterinary Medicine Library transformation!

The Research Library Workforce #3

Back on November 4 and 6, 2014 I wrote about the 8Rs Redux Study: CARL Libraries Human Resources Study (2015) – a comprehensive research project led by University of Alberta Principal Investigator Kathleen DeLong and Co-Investigators Marianne Sorensen and I.

With the release of the research and final report by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) very close, I am excited to welcome my research colleagues to the U of S campus and to the University Library later this week. Kathleen and Marianne are visiting the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP); meeting with me and other senior library leaders; and, presenting the research findings to library colleagues.

Recruitment, Retirement, Retention, Remuneration, Repatriation, Rejuvenation, Re-accreditation and Restructuring (the 8R’s) were important human resource issues in research libraries when the original 8Rs Study was published in 2005.  Those 8R’s remain important, however our latest research shows there is now 9Rs – with role change joining the list.  The study found that the CARL workforce has become more diverse; there has been an influx of younger professionals (both librarians and other professionals); growth in the number of other professionals; and, larger numbers of new staff who represent visible minorities.

Overall, the 188 page research report provides a wealth of information about the composition of the workforce employed within CARL member libraries.