The Dean's Research Lecture Series

This space is an archive of past lectures. C-EBLIP thanks Dr. Vicki Williamson, USask Library Dean from 2006 - 2016, for her foresight and thoughtfulness when it came to supporting librarians as researchers. The Dean's Research Lecture Series is a testament of Dr. Williamson's commitment to librarian faculty members in their research endeavours.


The University Library recognizes the critical value and importance of research in the practice of professional skills and actively support librarians in their research and scholarly activities.

As part of efforts to build a research culture, in which the individual and collective research capabilities of librarians are developed, the Dean hosts an annual research lecture.  The lecture, which is delivered by an invited guest, is intended to showcase current research (or emerging areas of professional interest) and to address issues around the challenges and opportunities for library and information science research. 

The Dean’s Research Lecture is also a professional and networking event.  Attendance is open to all members of the University community and colleagues from the broader library and information sector, including colleagues working in other libraries and cultural institutions.

Past Lectures:

2016: Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

2015: Dr. Laura Mandell, Professor, Department of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University

Dr. Laura Mandell's lecture: New Modes of Scholarly Research: How Libraries Can Help

2014: Dr. Bruce Kingma, economist, academic entrepreneur, and Professor in the School of Information Studies and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Dr. Kingma's lecture follows in 3 parts:

University of Saskatchewan Dr. Kingma Part I:  Introduction

University of Saskatchewan Dr. Kingma Part II:  The Economics of Libraries and ROI Studies

University of Saskatchewan Dr. Kingma Part III:  LIBValue and the ROI of The Syracuse University Library

2013: Dr. Anita Palepu, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia; Research Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences; and a Senior Scholar at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

2012:  Dr. Cheryl Metoyer, Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington Information School. Dr. Metoyer is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in American Indian Studies. This lecture is available online.

2011: Dr. Ingrid Parent, President of the Iternational Federation of Library Associations and University Librarian at the University of British Columbia.

2010: Dr. James G. Neal, Vice-President for Information Services, and University Librarian at Columbia University, New York.

2009:  Dr. David Wiley, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University.

2008:  Mr. Ian E Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

2007:  Dr. Jean-Claude Guedon, from the Université de Montréal held in conjunction with Congress 2007.

2006:  Mr. Ernie Ingles, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta and recipient of the 2006 Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

The inaugural Dean's Research Lecture was held in 2006 to recognize librarians as researchers and to help raise the profile of research in library and information science.