Office of the University Librarian

About the Office of the University Librarian

The University Librarian leads the library’s overall strategy and advances the organization’s engagement with the University’s academic and research pursuits. The Office of the University Librarian is located on the third floor of the McLaughlin Library.

I would like to welcome you to the McLaughlin Library!

The committed and talented staff work hard on your behalf to advance teaching, learning and research at the University of Guelph.

We commit to:

  • Provide convenient access to high quality scholarly information resources
  • Empower students, faculty, and staff to find, evaluate, and use information effectively
  • Offer learner-focused library services and facilities
  • Advise researchers as you create, curate, and disseminate new digital knowledge
  • Welcome all types of learners, readers, dreamers, knowledge seekers, and knowledge creators

Our current strategic priorities and planned activities include:

  1. Transform our physical and digital spaces in order to create tailored, cohesive, and accessible experiences for our users.
    We will deliver an updated website, a new and enhanced discovery platform providing enhanced access to local library resources as well as an expanded set of resources from collaborating universities from across Ontario, and a refreshed Library Master Space Plan, and planning for a new entrance to the library.
  2. Integrate services and resources into teaching and learning in order to deliver library content to users at point of need
    Our efforts in the coming year will focus on reviews of a number of discrete programs, a refresh of the Learning Commons, and the establishment of "discipline clusters" to enhance our support of curriculum.
  3. Position the library as the hub of Open initiatives in order to enhance sharing of educational materials and research outputs
    Continue our support of adoption and adaptation of Open Educational Resources (OER) in a second year in order to inform models for sustainability. Develop and implement a strategy to advance Open on campus and continue to contribute to related national and international activities across the Open landscape.
  4. Contribute to strategic campus initiatives in order to achieve shared goals
    Staff participation in campus IT Strategy Pillars in areas such as Research Support, Student Engagement, and Teaching and Learning.
  5. Foster an inclusive and engaged staff culture in order to grow and develop as an organization
    Pursue an organization refresh project and identify opportunities to reconsider library recruitment practices in light of equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments.
  6. Adopt evidence-based practices in order to inform decisions about library policy and programming
    Work to finalize the Library's Assessment Framework and move forward with a set of a assessment projects.

You will find a selection of key documents below including our latest annual report.

Rebecca GrahamRebecca Graham,  University Librarian

Rebecca Graham joined U of G in 2012 from Harvard University, where she served in a number of capacities.

She began her Harvard tenure in 2003, as Associate Director for Library Operations at the Countway Library of Medicine where she had responsibility for access and technical services and collection development. Highlights from her Countway time included the merger of service desks and the first-ever licensed resource collaboration among the libraries of the Harvard affiliated hospitals. She also served as a Co-Director of Countway for a year before moving to the Harvard College Library (HCL) in 2006.

In the College Library, Rebecca served as the Associate Librarian for Preservation, Digitization and Administrative Services. Her portfolio included oversight of the Houghton Library as well as the Preservation Directorate with responsibilities for conservation and digitization of both general and special collections. During her tenure, Graham also served as a management representative to Harvard’s negotiations with the Harvard University Clerical and Technical Workers union.

Prior to Harvard, Graham’s academic library experience includes responsibilities for library IT and the digital library program at Johns Hopkins University. She served as the Interim Director and Program Associate for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) where she was instrumental in the establishment of the well-attended DLF Forum Series. She served as Manager, Integrated Library Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) where she led the library’s campus-wide implementation of a new integrated library system.

Graham’s experience prior to receiving her MLS includes management of the Johnson County (Kansas) Public Library’s integrated library system, help desk manager and application programmer at the Springfield, Ohio Navistar manufacturing plant, and senior computer operator at Wright State University.

Graham earned a BS in organizational management at Wilberforce University, and an MS in library and information science from UIUC. She was a member of the inaugural cohort in the Association of Research Libraries Research Libraries Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program, designed to develop the leadership skills required for strategically managing large research libraries. Graham has been recognized by the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science with both the Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award and the Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award.

Sheryl Cantlon
Executive Assistant
519 824-4120, Ext. 52159
scantlon@uoguelph.ca