We seem to be celebrating many significant milestones recently, and this week, with Aboriginal Achievement Week upon us, is no exception. It is a wonderful way to spend my last week as Dean. It is also a helpful distraction from having to pack up an office full of the last 10 years of my professional life.
As our contribution to Aboriginal Achievement Week, I am pleased that we have been able to bring Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, to campus for a two-day visit. Ry has a busy schedule of campus meetings, and on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall he will deliver this year’s University Library Dean’s Research Lecture.
Over the last 10 years, one of the library’s major strategic goals has been to intensify the research outcomes of librarians. Back in 2006 when I established the Dean’s Research Lecture, it was in part to help showcase library and information service professional practice and the value which librarians bring to The Academy.
A decade on, we are known as the most research intensive academic library in Canada (and some contend, in North America). Our Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) is the first of its kind in Canada, and now well into its third year of operation as an approved university research centre. Also one of a kind is our researcher-in-residence program, with Selinda Berg from the Library at the University of Windsor in residency for this academic year. Among our 40 faculty, there are two librarians currently holding SSHRC grants, and nine librarians with active President SSHRC grants. Publications, conference presentations, and other scholarly activities by our faculty continue to give our practitioner-researcher approach to the practice of professional skills in library and information service prominence.
So, it is an appropriate week to celebrate many things, and to look to the future and wonder what might be ahead for us all.