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Chief Librarian

Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian
Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian

The Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) is a vital support to learning, teaching, and scholarly, research and creative activities at the university. Its primary role is to collect, organize, preserve, disseminate, and provide access to essential information resources. The library collaborates across all parts of the university to foster critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

The library's collection consists of over 500,000 books; 2,000 print journal titles; and a rising number of electronic resources (e.g., 26,000 e-journals; e-books; databases and indexes; geospatial data; catalogued websites; electronic documents). These holdings reflect the breadth of programs available at Ryerson.

Electronic resources can be accessed on-site through library computers or laptops that have wireless connectivity. Authorized users can also gain access from off-campus locations. 

The library supports an extensive information literacy program that is designed to build students’ university-level research skills. This program includes on-site research support, chat reference, and specialized classroom instruction at the course level.

The library was instrumental in the development of the new Student Learning Centre at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets. This centre houses many essential services to support students and faculty in a state-of-the-art facility.

Carol Shepstone has been working in academic libraries for more than 18 years. As the former university librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, she helped transition the Library through periods of significant institutional change, and provided key leadership in planning the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre facility, which is set to open July 2017.  Her career has also included leadership roles with the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and positions with both the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library system and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Carol also has experience working in archives, academic research institutes, and public libraries.

Carol is an active member of many association boards, advisory committees, and academic library consortia. She is currently serving as vice-chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and vice-chair of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). Her research interests include organizational culture, perceptions of the value and impact of academic libraries, library building design, and intellectual property.

Carol holds a bachelor of arts in Cultural Anthropology (Museum Studies) from UBC, where she also received her Master of Library and Information Studies.  She is currently pursuing an LLM in intellectual property law from Osgoode Hall Law School on a part-time basis.  


Chief Librarian
Carol Shepstone
416-979-5000 x5142

Administrative Assistant
Anna Tassone
416-979-5000 x5141