Brock University, University Librarian

Brock University seeks nominations and applications for the position of University Librarian. This opening is a unique opportunity for a progressive and forward-looking University Librarian to lead the continued evolution of a modern academic library. Join a talented team of librarians and library staff to cultivate strong relationships, foster a culture of innovation and advance library goals during this exciting period of change. View the following video to find out more about Brock University and the Niagara Region.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, the University Librarian is a member of the Senior Administrative Council, and provides the vision, strategic leadership, and oversight of the Library as it continues to fulfill its role as an essential partner in the teaching, learning and research endeavours of the Brock community. The University library system includes the James A. Gibson Library, Map, Data & GIS Library, and Special Collections and Archives. With a staff of 52 of whom 20 are professional librarians, and an annual budget of approximately $8 million, the Library provides services and resources to support 594 faculty and over 18,000 students in seven Faculties.

Librarian Jan 2016

Associate Dean of the Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center Dr. Calhoun is the Associate Dean for Access Services and Assessment at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center. Shawn is a member of the Gleeson Library Leadership Team and regularly participates in a wide variety of library and campus-wide strategic initiatives. Shawn received his Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University and his Ed.D. (Learning and Instruction) from USF’s School of Education. Shawn’s scholarly work has focused on multimedia and modular worked- out examples as instructional methodologies as well as the management of student’s cognitive processing associated with information literacy instruction.

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About “Gentle Disturbances”

The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

While we claim none of the artistic or political impact of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we hope that this blog and its many contributors will challenge us all to look at the landscape of academic libraries and higher education in new ways. We aspire to “gentle disturbances” of the kind that will lead to productive conversations and creative approaches to our common challenges.