Monday, September 28, 2009

Evolving the Learning Commons: Challenges and Strategies for Academic Engagement

Please join us for this special presentation by Michael Ridley to mark the 10th anniversary of the Information Commons at University of Calgary.

Event Date: Friday, October 2, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Location: Science Theatres 148 University of Calgary

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the University of Calgary's Information Commons, Michael Ridley will challenge us to look forward to a broader understanding of services for learners as we prepare to move into our new facility. The opening of the new Learning Commons in the Taylor Family Digital Library will see increased opportunities for collaboration in the provision of support for learning. At the University of Guelph, the Library, Computing and Communications Services, Office of Open Learning, Student Affairs and Teaching Support Services collaborate to support and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning, writing, research, numeracy, and technology at their Learning Commons.

Following his presentation, Mr. Ridley will be joined on a panel by leaders from University of Calgary for a question and answer session. Our objective is to stimulate discussion of 21st century learning environments, the needs that must be addressed and what each of us can bring to enrich the environment. Panellists from the UofC are: Meg Martin, Vice President Academic, University of Calgary Students Union; Tom Hickerson, Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian; Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost (Students); and, Harold Esche, Chief Information Officer.

Michael Ridley is Chief Information Officer and University Librarian, University of Guelph. Ridley holds degrees from the University of Guelph (BA), the University of New Brunswick (MA) and the University of Toronto (MLS). Previously he held positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.

Ridley has served as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO).

In 2007 he was named "Academic Librarian of the Year" by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 he was awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinquished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association.

All are welcome.