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Madeleine Lefebvre reappointed Chief Librarian

Madeleine Lefebvre


I am very pleased to announce that Madeleine Lefebvre has been reappointed chief librarian for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2012.

In her first term, Madeleine has demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering a digital strategy, developing the library as agreeable and congenial space, and making content accessible to students whenever or wherever they require.

Under her leadership Ryerson was accepted into the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): the Ryerson University Library and Archives is only the second academic library in 34 years to be accepted into CARL.

To expand learning and research opportunities, Madeleine negotiated an agreement with the University of Toronto that provides Ryerson graduate students, faculty and staff access and borrowing privileges to the immense collections of the U of T's Robarts Library.

As a member of the Student Learning Centre building committee, Madeleine is playing a major role in the design and development of Ryerson’s learning centre for the 21st century. Her vision for the expanded library space will incorporate collaborative learning and innovative digital technologies.

Madeleine holds MAs in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Alberta, where she also earned a Master of Library Science. She is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and an Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Madeleine has been very active in scholarly activities; she has had numerous appointments and presented or participated in close to 40 conferences and symposia, speaking on a variety of topics relating to the library sciences. Her research interests include building the Canadian library and information community, change management and staff development, and the library as congenial space.

In 2005 her book, The Romance of Libraries, was published by Scarecrow Press.

In addition to other appointments, Madeleine is currently a member of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the CAEA (Canadian Actors' Equity Association) and the search committee for the university’s next chancellor.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their willingness to serve in the search for chief librarian. The committee members are listed below.

Please join me in congratulating Madeleine on her reappointment and wishing her continued success as she leads RULA into the next phase of its evolution.

Alan Shepard
Provost and Vice President Academic

Members of the search committee for chief librarian:

Elected members:
Sonny Banerjee
Intranet and Virtual Reference Librarian

Naomi Eichenlaub
Catalogue Librarian

Professor Alex Ferworn
Department of Computer Science

Professor Usha George, Dean
Faculty of Community Services

Lei Jin
Electronic Resources Librarian and Acting Head, Collection Services

Denise Matchett
Library Technician

Melissa Palermo
Vice-President, Education, Ryerson Students' Union

Professor Nancy Walton
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Fangmin Wang
Head, Library Information Technology Services

Appointed members:
Osman Hamid
Graduate student, Masters of Business Administration

Professor George Kapelos
Department of Architectural Science

Non-voting member:
Amy Casey
Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic



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