Library Update – November 11, 2016

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Nov 11, 2016

Remembrance Day, a melancholy end to a week in which it feels the ground has shifted.  I went to look for appropriate Leonoard Cohen quotes this morning, and see that many people have landed on this one:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

On the morning after the US election, as I prepared for a day of CARL meetings in Ottawa, I took a moment to re-read an article in The Economist, October 29th,  “Canada, The last liberals: Why Canada is still at ease with openness.” That certainly resonates for me, personally and professionally.

Looking back over the past few weeks, the theme of openness is visible in multiple activities. Our international Matariki Network Digital Humanities Colloquium on October 24-25 was a great success. On October 28 we proudly launched our 12 new study rooms in Stauffer Library featuring Indegenous names and artwork, celebrating diversity and raising the profile of Indigenous people on campus.  And, we continued with multiple presentations to faculty groups, including Senate, about providing access to the information they need for teaching, learning and research.

Several matters to note at the November 1st meeting of Senate:

The Library Leadership Team has been busy preparing to put out calls for membership for several project groups relating to objectives in our 2016-17 to 2018-19 Strategic Priorities. We plan to bring up several towards the end of November, so that the various opportunities are visible at the same time.

This week’s CARL events began with a meeting of the Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group. This is a multi-stakeholder group including scholarly publishers, academic libraries, funders, and researchers, who are joining forces to develop a framework for advanced, robust, sustainable, collaborative models for the Canadian dissemination of the scholarly record. Yesterday, we held a complementary event, an open national forum in collaboration with COAR, titled Where Next for Repositories? The many interesting presentations included one by our own Rosarie Coughlan. And in the days between these events, CARL Directors discussed and approved the Portage Business Plan for 2017 and 2018, which will be available in its final form in January. All in all, a very good week for the scholarly record. The future can indeed be open.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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