Committee on Libraries

Terms of Reference

The Committee on Libraries is a Standing Committee of Senate with the following specific areas of responsibility.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

The Committee shall:

  1. Recommend to Senate, as appropriate, broad policies concerning the Library in support of the University’s strategic plans and academic priorities.
  2. Review and advise on planning documents and reports as they relate to the Library and advise Senate and others, as appropriate, on library and information service developments which are of academic significance to the University.
  3. Review resource allocation policies as they relate to the Library’s strategic plan.
  4. Facilitate and advise on communication between the University community and the Library.
  5. Meet at least twice per semester during the academic year and submit an annual report to Senate.

Composition

The Provost (or delegate), Chair
The Trenholme Dean of Libraries
Chairs of the Library Advisory Committees (including Macdonald campus)
Three faculty members appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the Senate Nominating Committee
Two librarians appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the Senate Nominating Committee
One administrative and support staff member from the University Libraries appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the Senate Nominating Committee
Student Members:
   Two undergraduate students
   One graduate student
   One Continuing Education student
   One student representative of Macdonald Campus
Committee Secretary

Source: Senate Minute 5, September 26, 1990
Amendments: Senate Minute 75, February 13, 1993
Senate Minute 129, March 23, 1994
Senate Minute 5, March 4, 1998
Senate Minute 7, May 14, 2003
Senate Minute 12, December 1, 2004
Senate Minute 10, May 24, 2006
Senate Minute IIB4.2, May 20, 2009

Membership (2020-21)

The Provost (or delegate) – Chair: Professor Christopher Buddle, Associate Provost (Teaching & Academic Programs)
The Trenholme Dean of Libraries [Professor C. Colleen Cook]

Chairs of the Library Advisory Committees (including Macdonald Campus):
    Professor Andrea Bernasconi (Life Sciences)
    Professor  Valérie Gravel (Macdonald Campus)
    Professor Michael Fronda (Humanities and Social Sciences)
    Professor Lara Khoury (Law)
    Professor Robert Funnell (Schulich)
    Professor Julie Cumming (Music)

Three faculty members appointed by Senate:
   Professor Rachel Langevin (Educational and Counselling Psychology, EDUCATION) – 2022
   Professor Brendan Gillon (Linguistics, ARTS) – 2022
   Professor Elizabeth Elbourne (History and Classical Studies, ARTS) – 2023

Two librarians appointed by Senate:
   Ms. Robin Elizabeth Desmeules (Cataloguing Librarian, Collection Services, LIBRARIES) – 2021
   Mr. Joseph Hafner (Associate Dean, Collection Services, LIBRARIES) – 2022

One administrative and support staff member from the University Libraries appointed by Senate:
   Mr. Carlo Della Motta (Library Supervisor, Humanities and Social Sciences Library) – 2023

Student Members:
   Undergraduate: Brianna Cheng
   Undergraduate: Haoyi Qiu
   Graduate: TBD
   Continuing Studies: Dahlia Dias
   Macdonald Campus: Véronique Dion-Larivière

Secretary: Jonathan Nordland

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