Concordia University Welcomes Amy Buckland as University Librarian
Concordia will soon welcome a new university librarian. Amy Buckland, BA 06, will begin her five-year term on September 15, 2023.
Buckland’s extensive career in libraries spans both academic and governmental settings, as well as work experience in publishing.
Since August 2021, Buckland has held the position of assistant deputy minister for collections at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). In this role, she leads a team of 500 staff and manages an annual budget of $50 million.
Buckland also directed LAC’s participation in the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) to ensure support for their work, especially the Respectful Terminology Platform Project which will be a multilingual resource offering cultural memory centres appropriate vocabularies for Indigenous peoples, places and cultures.
“I’m thrilled that Amy will be leading the Concordia Library as the university librarian. Given the increasingly important roles of university libraries in stewarding digital and material information, her vision for the Library, humane management style and knowledge and efforts surrounding decolonization and Indigenization made her an exemplary candidate,” says Anne Whitelaw, provost and vice-president, academic.
Buckland says she’s excited to be joining Concordia’s vibrant community and to embrace the university’s innovative approach to higher education.
“Concordia Library plays such a vital role within the university community. Whether it’s providing opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies and cutting-edge equipment, offering research support in areas such as open access and digital scholarship, or investing in initiatives like the Indigenous Student Librarian and the Researcher-in-Residence programs, the Library is an important partner in students’ academic success,” she says.
“I am very excited to be returning to Montreal and look forward to collaborating with the Library team this fall.”
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.