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Tim Collins

This is big news! Who would have guessed? On Friday, January 12, 2024, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) CEO Tim Collins announced that he will retire on June 30, 2024. Collins says that he has enjoyed his career with EBSCO and is proud of what the organization has accomplished during his tenure. “I will depart with much gratitude for the hard work and commitment of so many individuals, over so many years, that resulted in the company becoming what it is today. I am deeply thankful for the customers who have supported us over the years with their patronage. Having been in the role for 40 years, and with EBSCO well-positioned for the future, the timing is right for my retirement. I look forward to engaging in interests and activities I have not been able to pursue, and I will forever be grateful for the experiences that I have had while I was in this seat.”    

EBSCO Industries CEO David Walker says that Tim has been a huge contributor to EBSCO Information Services and EBSCO Industries’ overall success. “We are incredibly appreciative to Tim for the leadership he provided to the business and for the contributions he has made to EBSCO’s success. After 40 years of contributions to the business and the library information services industry, Tim will be difficult to replace. However, he leaves the business well-positioned for growth. We look forward to conducting our search and selection process for his successor and continuing to execute on our future growth opportunities.”

 EBSCO Industries’ goal is to have a successor in the role by July 1, 2024; they are working with the global Leadership Advisory Firm, Egon Zehnder, on a comprehensive process to identify the next CEO for EBSCO Information Services. www.ebsco.com
 

Barbara Kern outside
Barbara Kern

Welcome Barbara Kern who is the newest Associate University Librarian at Queen’s University (AUL), beginning on January 2, 2024. Barbara’s library career began more than 25 years ago, and she has known that libraries were her place since her first year at the University of Toronto. Looking back to where it all began, she says, “I was fortunate to be hired as a student employee at the library. I spent all four years of my undergraduate working as a student in the bookstacks and on the circulation desk, working evenings and weekends and enjoying every minute. I particularly enjoyed engaging with people and learning about the interesting things faculty, students, and staff were working on and learning about.” She goes on to say, “And even more so, I enjoyed seeing how library staff played such a critical role in research, teaching and learning at the University. As I thought about my next steps after undergrad, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to spend time with people, that provided me with ongoing and interesting challenges, that involved lifelong learning and gave me the opportunity to have an impact. Librarianship was it.” 

Throughout the years, Barbara has been involved in many great programs and projects. Thinking about the career that has led her to Queen’s, Barbara was involved in exciting and impactful initiatives. “Each one was a team effort and I am proud of the work we accomplished as a group. As examples, the establishment of our clinical librarian program that is having such an impact in the medical center, the establishment of a dedicated group focused on transformative agreements and open scholarship, the creation of new spaces in the library for both library staff and faculty, students and researchers and more!” says Barbara.  Looking forward, Barbara says that on a personal note, having grown up in Bayridge, and with her mother working at Queen’s for more than 20 years, coming to Queen’s feels a bit like returning home. She says that even with changes, the campus still feels familiar. She is excited also to share this experience with her family: Ethan, who is finishing 3rd year at the University of San Francisco in the architecture program, and Abbie who just started high school. Together with our 7-year-old Airedale terrier, Hamish Macbeth.  

She adds that “I am most looking forward to joining and being part of the wonderful Queen’s University Library team. During the interview process, I had the pleasure of meeting so many people at the Library and having great conversations. I was excited and energized about the great work being done today, and the vision for the future.” We are excited to welcome Barbara and get to know her better and do more great work here at the library.

This is from Sage and LeanLibrary

The second Librarian Futures report has been released. It asks the question: How can academic libraries be more deeply involved in the undergraduate learning journey? This new report, in partnership with Skilltype, explores the emerging skills required to fulfill a library’s mission – in a decade shaped by social, political, and technological change – and meet the needs of today’s library patrons. They gathered global perspectives from over 2,000 academic library professionals, from frontline librarians to library directors, to ensure a representative set of insights for the report. 

Key findings from the report:

  • Librarians have a great deal of confidence in their ability to serve patrons, but less than half agreed that they feel confident in advancing their career.
  • Many librarians (37%) feel unprepared to answer patron questions on the use of generative AI in their studies.
  • Less than 20% of librarians feel that their effort to learn new skills is appreciated by students.
  • 46% of librarians feel that there is not sufficient budget available for upskilling, and 47% don’t feel there is sufficient time.

“Our aim with this collaboration is for information professionals and their teams gain new perspectives on the competencies they should be cultivating within their personal repertoires and their organizations. Librarians, and the new skills, competencies and responsibilities they will develop in the years ahead, are going to be pivotal to this. But it all starts with increased dialog, understanding where we are and where we want to go. I hope this report contributes to that dialog and inspires conversations in your library, amongst your peers, and within the wider library community.”

Tony Zanders, Founder & CEO, Skilltype

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