10th Anniversary of the UTFA Librarians Committee – Monday, March 25

Dear Colleagues,

There are still a few seats left for Monday’s event at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. Do join us! Below is a detailed schedule of the event followed by speakers’ biographies. Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm.  University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto. Email or call faculty@utfa.org or 416-978-4976.

11:45-12:00  sign-in for those registered for the buffet lunch (gratis + two bar tickets)
12:00-1:00 Buffet Lunch with Pictorial History of the UT Libraries and Librarians in main dining of Faculty Club.
12:05-12:10 Welcome. Christiana To0ulias-Santolin.

1:00-1:05  Introduction. Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Chair of Librarians Committee.
1:05-1:10  Scott Prudham, President of Univiersity of Toronto Faculty Association
1:10-1:20 David Naylor, President of University of Toronto
1:20-1:40 Victoria Skelton introduces Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of University of Toronto Library System.
1:40-2:00 Cynthia Messenger, Vice-President, Grievances, UTFA, introduces Ken Lavin, Librarian Emeritus.

2:00-2:45 Robin Healey, Librarian Emeritus, introduces Peter Russell, Professor Emeritus, keynote speaker.
2:45 Break

Rea Devakos, first Chair of the Librarians Committee & H. Sonne de Torrens, current Chair of the Librarians Committee.
Prof. Anvers Saloojee, Vice-President of Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Constance Adamson, President of the Ontario College and University Faculty Association (OCUFA)
Scott Prudham, President, University of Toronto Faculty Association.
4:00-5:30  RECEPTION in main lounge. MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. Suzanne Meyers Sawa, Librarian and Professional Musician, and George Dimitri Sawa, Historian and Professional Musician will perform Middle Eastern music from the 17th to the 20th century.

Speakers’ Biographies 

Constance Adamson is President of the Ontario College and University Faculty Association (OCUFA) and a Research and Instruction Librarian at Queen’s University. Based in the social sciences and humanities library, she has served on several bargaining teams, as a department head, and President of the Queen’s University Faculty Association. For OCUFA, she has served as a Member-At-Large on the Executive and as the Treasurer. Constance received her degree in history from McGill and her MLS from the University of Toronto.

Larry P. Alford is Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, a position he assumed in August 2011. The University of Toronto Library System is the largest research library in Canada and ranks third among North American university research libraries.  Prior to joining the University of Toronto he was Dean of University Libraries at Temple University where he was also responsible for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year. Prior to joining the Temple Libraries in February 2005, he worked in a variety of positions in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a 30 year period including serving as Deputy University Librarian and Interim University Librarian.  He has extensive experience in library budgeting and management, collection development, licensing, scholarly communication, digitization, technology implementation, facilities planning, and program planning. Mr. Alford has spoken extensively on a variety of library topics.  He holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (http://sils.unc.edu/news/releases/2005/04_alford.html) from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.

Rea Devakos’s UTFA responsibilities have included being the first Chair of the UTFA Librarians Committee, co-chair of the Joint Librarian and Management Committee, Chair of the Equity Committee, Member of the Executive and the UTFA Council. She has also served on the OCUFA Executive as a Member-at-large.   As Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, she has been instrumental in promoting open access and scholarly publishing and archiving.  Prior to joining the U of T in 1992, she held a variety of public service and management positions in community college, special and public libraries.

Robin Healey was a collection development librarian and specialist for Italian Studies, Fine Art, and Anthropology at the Robarts Library from 1986 to 2010. In addition to building the Library’s collections in these areas, he proposed, developed, curated, and wrote the catalogues for five exhibitions on Italian subjects at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. As a bibliographer, he has published chiefly on Italian writings in English translation, most recently Italian Literature before 1900 in English Translation: An Annotated Bibliography, 1929-2008 (2011). He continues his research, and contributes to the ongoing work of the University through his membership on the boards of the Academic Retiree Centre and RALUT, on the UTFA Council, and Librarians Committee, and as a member of the Provostial Advisory Committee on the University of Toronto Library System. Unable to get away from books, he is a volunteer for the University College Bookshop and Alumni Book Sale.

Ken Lavin, Librarian Emeritus University of Toronto.  Founder UTFA Librarians Committee.  Previous, President of the Librarians Association University of Toronto (LAUT). Vice-President University & External Affairs, UTFA. Director OCUFA. UTFA Representative to CAUT Council. Librarians representative on several bargaining teams, including those that secured Research Days for Librarians and the raising of Librarian Salary Floors.  Hosted on behalf of UTFA, The Governor General of Canada, (The Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson). On behalf of UTFA, has met with both provincial and federal politicians.  Was UTFA’s representative on the Provost’s Committee on Intellectual Property.  His research on Distance Education was used by the Provost’s Committee on Distance Education.  Published:  “Shifting Ground: In the Fast Paced Era of e-Education the Do-Nothing Universities will not Survive.”  (University of Toronto Bulletin, May 29, 2000).  Prior to joining the University of Toronto he was employed by the Ontario Ministry of Finance, worked for several financial institutions, and held a Top Secret security clearance working in Intelligence for the United States Marine Corps.  His service in the Marine Corps includes service in Vietnam.

Cynthia Messenger has served UTFA for several years in various capacities, including Chair of the Status of Women Committee, Chair of the Teaching Stream Committee, and Chair of the Appointments Committee. In 2006 Cynthia spearheaded one of the first fora on appointments policy  on teaching held at the University. In 2008, she organized a symposium on appointments policy that examined needed policy change for the University’s faculty and librarians. In 2009 she organized the tenth anniversary celebration of the founding of the teaching stream at U of T. Currently, she is Vice-President, Grievances, and chair of the SJAC New Stream negotiating subcommittee. She is a senior lecturer and director of the Innis College Writing and Rhetoric Program.

David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 2005. He earned his MD at Toronto in 1978, followed by a D Phil at Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Naylor completed clinical specialty training and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988. He was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999 – 2005). Naylor has co-authored approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. Among other honours, Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate Fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Scott Prudham, President of the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) and Professor in the Department of Geography and School of the Environment. He was previously Vice-President and Chief Negotiator with UTFA from 2008-2011 and Vice-President University and External Affairs with UTFA in 2007-2008. Recipient of the 2010 Ashby Prize awarded to the most innovative papers published in Environment and Planning that year. He is author of the 2005 Routledge book Knock on Wood:  Nature as Commodity in Douglas-fir Country, and co-Editor of the 2007 Routledge collection Neoliberal Environments:  False Promises and Unnatural Consequences.  Scott is also an Editor of the journal Geoforum.

Peter H. Russell, University Professor Emeritus and Principal of Senior College, will speak on his long association with the University of Toronto libraries and librarians.   Professor Peter H. Russell, O.C., taught Political Science at the University of Toronto from 1958 until 1996, specializing in Judicial, Constitutional and Aboriginal Politics. He is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional, aboriginal and judicial politics. Recent focus has been on minority government and constitutional conventions relating to parliamentary democracy. Recent publications include, Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism (2005); Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power (2006); Two Cheers for Minority Government (2008); Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis (2009).

Prof. Anver Saloojee is Vice-President of Canadian Association of University Teachers and professor in the Department of Politics and School of Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is President of the Ryerson Faculty Association, and member of the Laidlaw Foundation. He has done extensive research in the areas of human rights, multiculturalism, anti-racism, education and equity. In 2011 he received the CAUT Equity Award. His publications include Social Inclusion: Canadian Perspectives (co-edited with Ted Richmond, 2005), the workbook for Distance Education “Equity and Human Rights” and as part of the Laidlaw Foundations discussion papers on Social Inclusion, he authored a discussion paper titled “Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism and Democratic Citizenship” (2003). From 2005-2008, he was Special Adviser to the Presidency, Government of South Africa and recently presented a paper on reconciling academic freedom and freedom from harassment at the Harry Crowe Foundation Conference.

Suzanne Meyers Sawa coordinates reference and interlibrary loan services, and provides bibliographic instruction to both graduate and undergraduate students. Her principal area of research is women in Arabic music, from medieval to modern times. She is currently preparing a translation of medieval accounts of the lives of four Arab women musicians of the late 7th and early 8th centuries. Her publications include: “Historical issues of gender and music” in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, v. 6: The Middle East (2002),  “The role of women in musical life: the medieval Arabo-Islamic courts” in Canadian Women’s Studies / les cahier de la femme (1987) and “The Odyssey of Dahlia Obadia: Morocco, Israel, Canada” in The Canadian Folk Music Journal (1991), reprinted in Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony and Identity (1994), As a percussionist with the Traditional Arabic Ensemble since 1979, she has given numerous concerts and workshops, and made appearances at folk festivals all over North America.

George Dimitri Sawa combines his expertise as a historian and theorist of medieval Arabic music with his mastery of the Egyptian qanun. George Sawa and the Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble received a 2009 Juno nomination for their first CD “The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun.” In addition to numerous articles, he  is the author of Music Performance Practice in the Early Abbasid Era, 132-320 AH/750-932 AD (Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 1989; rpt. by The Institute of Mediaeval Music, Ottawa, in 2004) and the ground-breaking Rhythmic Theories and Practices in Arabic Writings to 950 CE (The Institute of Medieval Music, 2009).

Victoria Skelton has been a reference librarian at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources since 1985.  Since 2007 she has been the editor of the IR/HR weekly e-publication the Perry Work Report which, is distributed by the legal publishing firm Lancaster House, as well as to academics, students and alumni across Canada and the United States. Vicki has been on UTFA Council for 3 terms, on the 2010-2011 bargaining committee for the Special Early Retirement Package and on the team for our most recent round of negotiations. She has also been a librarian in the Canadian Federal Penitentiary system, the Ontario regional and public library systems, and taught library technicians at Cambrian College in Sudbury.

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Chair of the UTFA Librarians Committee (2010-present) is the Visual Resource Librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga and an administrator in FADIS. From 1992 to the present, she has worked in the University of Toronto Library System and the Kelley Library at St. Michael’s University College. After completing her doctorate in medieval art history at the University of Copenhagen, she received the Leonard Boyle  Dissertation Prize (2004) from the Canadian Society of Medievalists and completed a post-doctoral thesis, Licentiate, at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto (2006) . She is founder of the digital research project, Baptisteria Sacra: An Iconographical Index of Baptismal Fonts, and the author of numerous articles and most recently, co-editor with Miguel Torrens of The Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages: Essays on Medieval Fonts, Settings and Beliefs (Ashgate Press, date of release June 2013). She is one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians.

Miguel A. Torrens has been a selector and collection development specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries and at the University of Oxford, as well as co-Director of Baptisteria Sacra Index: An Iconographical Index of Baptismal Fonts. Among his latest publications are co-editor of The Visual Culture of Baptism: Essays on Mediaeval Fonts, Settings and Beliefs (Ashgate, 2013) and the some recent articles: “Approval plans and the academic library: an overview of a symbiotic relationship for the un-initiated” B.I.T.online-Zeitschrift für Bibliothek, Information und Technologie (2010) [http://www.b-i-t-online.de], “La pila bautismal de Goodmanham y la evidencia histórica del Venerable,” Románico: revista de arte [submitted for the June 2009 issue]. In 2008 he was awarded the Encomienda de la Orden del Mérito Civil by King Juan Carlos, Spain.

Christina Tooulias-Santolin has been a Librarian at the University of Toronto for 13 years.  She has been a member of the UTFA librarians committee since 2006.  Currently working in the Reference and Research Services Department at the John P. Robarts Library where her responsibilities include hiring and training Graduate Student Library Assistants, acting as the Liaison Librarian for the Philosophy Department and overseeing the process of minimizing the print reference collection.

Kent Weaver has been with the University of Toronto Libraries since 1973 and has held various positions in the University Archives, the Government Publications Section, Resource Sharing in the Science and Medicine Library, and Information Technology Services. He has served on the Executive of the Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). He has been involved with UTFA for many years, most recently serving as the Vice-President, University and External Affairs and as the Chief Returning Officer in last year’s Presidential election. In 2010 the Canadian Library Association announced that Kent was the recipient of the Association’s Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada, noting that this marked the first time an academic librarian has received CLA’s recognition for this Award. In 2012 Kent was given CAUT’s Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award.

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