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

The Provost (or delegate) – Chair
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 Gillian Lane-Mercier (Humanities and Social Sciences)
    Professor Lara Khoury (Law)
    Professor Robert Funnell (Schulich)

Three faculty members appointed by Senate:
    Professor Peter Sabor (English, ARTS) – 2019
    Professor Bastien Castagner (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, MEDICINE) – 2019
    Dr. Sue Laver (McGill Writing Centre, CONTINUING STUDIES) - 2020 

Two librarians appointed by Senate:
    Ms. Robin Elizabeth Desmeules (Cataloguing Librarian, Collection Services, LIBRARIES) – 2021
    Vacant

One administrative and support staff member from the University Libraries appointed by Senate:
    Mr. David Curtis (Senior Reference Assistant and Cataloguing Editor, Marvin Duchow Music Library) – 2020

One Graduate Student: Mr. Lawrence Angel

Two undergraduate students:
   Ms. Maeve Bothan 
   Ms. Marie Lemieux 

One Continuing Studies student: Mr. Rod Louisa 

One student representative of Macdonald Campus: Mr. Shubhanker Joshi

Secretary: TBD