January 17, 2022

University of Alberta Appoints Gerald Beasley New Chief Librarian

Gerald Beasley is moving from Montreal to Edmonton.

From the University of Alberta:

In recent years, Gerald Beasley has been a star librarian at Concordia University in Montreal and Columbia University in New York, two of the most exciting, culturally vibrant cities in North America. Among his many accomplishments, he helped shape Concordia’s academic mission and assisted in planning extensive renovations of the university’s libraries, set to begin later this year.


“Under the inspired leadership of Ernie Ingles, the U of A has really promoted and developed its library system in a way that is unique within Canada,” says Beasley. “Of all the places you could mention, the U of A has shown real leadership in supporting its libraries, and that’s very attractive.


Beginning in August, Beasley will be responsible for the U of A’s library holdings at nine locations, as well as for its museums and collections, university bookstores, university archives, and the U of A Press.

From Concordia University:

“Gerald’s leadership has greatly improved Concordia’s library services, one reason why his mandate was renewed for a second five-year term set to begin this July,” says Lisa Ostiguy, interim provost and vice-president, academic affairs. “He led the implementation of Spectrum, Concordia’s Open Access research repository, he guided renovations to the Vanier and Webster libraries, and he spearheaded numerous initiatives that support our students and faculty.”


Beasley came to Concordia in 2008 from Columbia University, where he was director of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. His previous appointments include the positions of head librarian and associate chief curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Beasley holds an MA in Library Studies from University College, and an MA and BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.