Monthly Archives: April 2011

Report: Azar Nafisi talks about the threats to the Humanities at the University of Toronto

Last evening, 5-7 pm, in the Northrope Frye Building, the renowned speaker and scholar Dr. Azar Nafisi,(from John Hopkins University) spoke about the need to speak out against the  threats to the Humanities in our university communities, not just at … Continue reading

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May 6, 10-12 noon – Future of Academic Libraries at UT

Date and location: Friday May 6, 10-12, Robarts Library, room 4049. A grass-roots meeting has been organized by Marcel Fortin, Dan D’Agostino and Sheril Hook to talk about what ‘academic librarianship’ means today in our setting at the University of … Continue reading

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TRY – Session on Unionization and Libraries

A reminder: Tuesday, May 3, 2011. TRY Conference, McFadden Hall, St. Michael’s University. 3:10 to 3:45. http://www.library.utoronto.ca/event/staffconference/2011/session-details.html Session: “Shaping our future, has unionization made a difference?” Representatives from the various university faculty associations at Queens, McMaster and Guelph will be … Continue reading

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Tenure Threats – Now Nevada

F.Y.I. see http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/29/nevada_colleges_consider_changes_that_could_endanger_tenure

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Are Non-Librarians Destroying Canada’s Legacy at Canada’s National Library and Archive in Ottawa?

Seemingly isolated developments, the recent comments by Jeff Tzreciak at McMaster University, the move toward structuring our libraries on the corporate model, hiring MBAs and non-librarians to do what has traditionally been done by academic librarians, eliminating the voice of … Continue reading

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A New Chief Librarian – Turning Over a New Leaf?

With the slow, internal dismantling of middle management in our library system over the years, librarians lost their ability participate in the overall plans in the library and opportunities to develop managerial skills. For without a middle management and mentoring … Continue reading

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The Negotiating Team for St. Michael’s First Collective Agreement for 2011

The negotiating team consists of representatives from UTFA and USMC: Professor Michael Attridge, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, USMC; Mr. Michael Bramah, MLIS., Head of Cataloguing, J.M.Kelly Library USMC; Professor John McLaughlin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, USMC; … Continue reading

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UTFA AGM Update – Newsletter and Constitutional Amendments

April 2011 UTFA Annual Newsletter We had quorum at the UTFA Annual General Meeting on Wed. April 20, at the Faculty Club, which meant that the amendments discussed and approved in Council concerning the UTFA Constitution and By-laws were voted … Continue reading

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Librarians Numeric Ratings for PTR

Supervisors have been given guidelines on the numeric ratings everyone receives in their annual performance reviews. For your information the numeric ratings with descriptions are: Superior Performance  8-9 ;  Surpasses Expectations 6-7 ; Achieves Expectations    3-5 ; Below Expectations   … Continue reading

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Provostial Advisory Group on Academic Planning – UT Librarians

In the current discourse, we are seeking research publications, survey and studies on topics related to the role of academic libraries and librarians in the academic planning process. Here is a selected list of some of the resources we are … Continue reading

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