Blogging transitions, but continues!

I know from feedback from many colleagues, including those beyond the campus, that some do actually read my blog.  So, as leadership transition takes place at the University Library officially next week, this is the final blog from this Dean on this site.

I’ll be continuing to blog, so if you would like to transition with me, visit the Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) website, where my new blog Chronicles of a Practitioner-Researcher will be posted.  Thank you to C-EBLIP for giving me a professional space!

Best wishes to Incoming Interim Dean, Charlene Sorensen and her dedicated and talented senior team of Ken Ladd (Interim Assoicate Dean), Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins (Assoicate Dean), Jill Mierke (Director, Library HR) and Dale Amerud (Director, Financial and Physical Resources).  Special mention and thanks to my Executive Assistant, Allyssa Anton, without whom I would never have started blogging in the first place!

It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve a decade as the Dean of the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan!

Leadership transition at the University Library

As the library unit review progresses (see my blog post of January 18, 2016) the university is also beginning an international search for the next Dean, University Library. After a decade in that role, my time as Dean is coming to a close, and I am taking a vacation ahead of commencing my administrative leave.

The Interim Provost (Dr. Ernie Barber) recently announced interim leadership roles that will cover the transition period commencing February 15, 2016 through until the appointment of the next Dean. Transition arrangements will see the following colleagues in senior library leadership roles:

  • Charlene Sorensen, Interim Dean
  • Ken Ladd – Interim Associate Dean
  • Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins – Associate Dean
  • Jill Mierke – Director, Library Human Resources
  • Dale Amerud – Director, Library Financial and Physical Resources

Associate Dean appointments

Appointments of Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins and Charlene Sorensen as Associate Deans (University Library) were recently announced.  These appointments, which are each for a 5-year term, take effect on January 1, 2016.

In addition to library-wide responsibilities and support to the Dean, each Associate Dean has specific portfolio responsibilities, as follows:

Charlene’s portfolio is accountable for providing high-level leadership and strategic direction for the library’s physical, digital, and special collections (including the university’s archives), and library systems and information technology, including accountability for the oversight of the library acquisition budget.

Rachel’s  portfolio is accountable for providing high-level leadership and strategic direction for the delivery and enhancement of services to clients through the library’s seven branch libraries and its virtual presence; this includes teaching and student academic support, information literacy/library instruction, and services and physical spaces conducive to learning and collaboration.

I thank both Rachel and Charlene for their many contributions and service over the last year as Interim Associate Deans and congratulate them on their appointments, which for both represent a significant career milestone.  Congratulations!

For more information about Rachel and Charlene, click here.