Joseph Hafner

Associate Dean, Collection Services

joseph.hafner @

Collection Services
McGill University Library
3459 McTavish
Montréal, Québec H3A 0C9


  • Master of Library and Information Studies, Indiana University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Music, Butler University, 1987

Areas of interest

  • Collections
  • Library management
  • Digital collections
  • Cataloguing and RDA
  • Music librarianship issues

Professional activities

  • American Library Association (ALA)
    • Member, Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries, 2012-
  • Canadian Association of Music Libraries (CAML)
    • Board Member, 2007-2013
  • Canadian Linked Data Initiative
    • Co-Chair, Steering Committee, 2015-
    • Co-Chair, Local Arrangement Committee, Canadian Linked Data Summit, November 2016
  • International Association of Music Libraries (IAML)
    • Vice President, 2013-2019
    • Chair, Publications Committee, 2013-2019
    • Chair, Cataloguing Commission, 2011-2017
    • Co-chair, IAML Annual Conference, Montreal, 2012
  • International Federation of Music Libraries (IFLA)
    • Member, IFLA - Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee, 2017-2019
    • Chair, Acquisition & Collection Development Committee, 2010-2016

Awards, honours, and fellowships

  • ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF), 2011-2012

Selected publications

Hafner, J., Koen, D., (Co-eds.). Space and collections: earning their keep. De Gruyter, 2016. 

Fronty, J., Hafner, J., Schmolling, R. (Co-eds.). Blog of the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development. IFLA Website,  July 2012- IFLA Award for Outstanding Communications by a Section in 2011-12

Johnson, S., Gunnar Evensen, O., Gelfand, J, Lammers, G., Sipe, L., Zilper, N.; Fronty, J., Hafner, J., Mansfield, J., Okerson, A., Schmolling, R. Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries. (August 2012) IFLA.

Hafner, J. OCLC WorldCat Selection @ McGill University. Fontes, Volume 57Issue 2April-June 2010. p.162-166.

Chellew, M., Hafner, J. Cataloguing Canadian Music Centre Scores/Le catalogage des partitions du Centre de muisique canadienne. CAML Review, Volume 35, No. 3, November 2007. p.9-20.

Selected talks and presentations

Hafner, J., Chellew, M., Desmules, R., Paradis, D., Senior, A. The Canadian Linked Data Initiative: What is happening with linked data in Canada. International Association of Music Libraries Annual Congress 2017, Riga, Latvia, June 19, 2017.

Hafner, J. HathiTrust: A tool for researchers. World Social Science Forum. Montreal, QC, Oct. 13, 2013.

Hafner, J. Collection Services in a Changing World. International Seminar on Global Trends in Acquisition and Collection Development in Academic and Public Libraries. Tijuana, Mexico. June 18, 2013.

Hafner, J., Lannon, A., McKinnon, D. McGill’s Libdispenser: Providing high-demand materials 24x7 with self-serve kiosk. International Federation of Library Associations Annual Conference Poster Session. Helsinki, Finland. August 13-14, 2012.

Hafner, J. Success Providing Excellent Service in a Changing World of Digital Information Resources. Satellite Program for IFLA 2011. The University of the Virgin Islands. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Thursday, August 11, 2011.


IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Committee

McGill Library Collection Services



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