Presidential Search Committee – A Call for Input from the UofT Library Community

We would like to urge you to attend and contribute as individuals  or in groups to the call for input by the search committee seeking the best presidential candidate for the University of Toronto. We have some long-standing concerns which we need to collectively and individually put forth. We have known for a long time that our libraries are under funded, under staffed and by sheer default, due to the changes happening in Ottawa at the LAC, may begin to serve communities as Canada’s national library. We know that our libraries are at the core of what makes this a great research and teaching institution. Hence, these concerns, combined with our collective concerns about Access Copyright, the anticipated growth in enrollment and what that will mean for our libraries, the UofT pension plan and our dated policies all show there is a need for us to speak up and voice what we believe should be addressed when determining the future priorities of this institution. The following is a list of guidelines to consider when thinking about responding, either as individuals or in groups, as circulated by the search committee:

“…Advice on Position Specification

At present, we are seeking your ideas on:

  • the principal strengths upon which the University should build over the next five to ten years;
  • the principal challenges that the University will face in that period;
  • the implications of those strengths and challenges for the new President, in two senses:
    • the President’s specific personal priorities in the near- and long-term, and
    • the specific priorities the President should ensure are achieved by others in the University community;
  • the key strengths and characteristics the Committee should therefore be seeking in a new President.

We have agreed, as a Committee, that the position profile developed in 2004 could serve as a reference point for beginning the discussion. The profile can be found online. …”

If we do not  voice our viewpoints, who will hear us? If you have ideas or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact members of the UTFA Librarians Committee. You can either write, email or personally express your views (the deadline is soon), see Governing Council website: . Write to:

Mr. W. David Wilson
Presidential Search Committee
Office of the Governing Council
Room 106, Simcoe Hall
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1

You may also provide your input by e-mail to

And the following town halls have been called to hear from the community:

St. George Thursday, September 20, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber
Simcoe Hall, 2nd Floor
Scarborough Friday, September 21, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Room AA 160
Arts and Administration Building
Mississauga Monday, September 24, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Room 3130
William G. Davis Building
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