8Rs Steering Committee

Ernie Ingles (Chair)
William Curran
Kathleen De Long
Jennifer de Peuter
Chuck Humphrey
Gerry Meek
Dr. Marianne Sorensen
Dr. Alvin Schrader
Allison Sivak

Bryan Corbett
Ed Krahn


Ernie Ingles is is presently Vice-Provost (Learning Services) at the University of Alberta, and has been Chief Librarian and Director of Libraries since 1990. In this capacity, he has achieved recognition for his strategic planning initiatives, technology planning, the creation of the NEOS consortium, the development of the province-wide Health Knowledge Network, and other innovations. Mr. Ingles has held several executive positions on Boards, including the Presidency of the Canadian Library Association, the Bibliographic Society of Canada, the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, and the Saskatchewan Library Association; and has served on and chaired numerous others, such as OCLC Research Libraries Advisory Board, Canadian Association of College and University Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Government Publishing Centre, the Book and Periodical Development Council, the National Library of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, and the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information. He has published frequently, and has made a key contribution to the Canadian library community through the founding of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute. He has been the recipient of numerous awards; in 2003 he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to libraries, and in 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

William Curran is Director of Libraries, Concordia University. He holds a BA from Loyola College, a Master's of Library Science from McGill and a Master of Education from the University of Ottawa. Before he assumed his position at Concordia in 1998, he served at McGill as the Visiting Librarian, as Faculty lecturer at their School of Library and Information Studies, in Branch Services and Public Relations, in Readers' Services, and as Head of the Howard Ross Management Library. He also held the position of University Librarian at Bishop's University, where he was involved with the extension to the library building and the implementation of the GEAC automated system. In 1994-95, he was president of L'Association pour l'avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED). He represents the Canadian Association of Research Libraries/ Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada.

Kathleen De Long has worked as the Associate Director, Finance and Human Resources at the University of Alberta since 1997. She holds an MLIS as well as a Master of Public Management, and is a member of the American Library Association Ad Hoc Task Force on Recruitment and Retention Issues, as well as numerous university and library committees. Current responsibilities include the administration of human and financial resources on a system-wide basis at the University of Alberta Libraries.

Jennifer de Peuter has an MA in sociology, majoring in qualitative methods and cultural studies. She is currently employed as an independent social science research consultant with Tandem Social Research Consulting. Jennifer specializes in developing depth interview and focus group schedules, as well as project administration, database management, data analysis and graphics, and report writing and editing.

Chuck Humphrey has served as the Data Library Coordinator for the University of Alberta Library since 1992. He was instrumental in organizing a federated membership in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, and served from 1991 to 1995 as the President of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology. He served from 1990 to 1996 on the Data Information Systems Panel of the Canadian Global Change Project. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Public Data Users and was a leading proponent of the successful Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). In 2000, he won the CARL/ABRC Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. He is currently a Working Group member of the National Data Archive Consultation and serves on the DLI External Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

Gerry Meek is the Director of Calgary Public Library, and the representative of the Council of Administrators of Large Urban Public Libraries. Prior to his appointment in Calgary in 1991, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Thunder Bay Public Library. He has won numerous awards for innovative library service. Very active professionally, he has served as President of the Ontario Library Association, Council Member of the Executive Council of Canadian Library Association, Chair of the Council of Administrators of Large Urban Public Libraries, Chair of The Alberta Library, and Chair of the Alberta Public Library Directors Council, and is a frequent speaker at library conferences and workshops.

Dr. Alvin M. Schrader, PhD in Library and Information Science, University of Indiana, is professor and former director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. He led the School through two major reviews that continued the status of the MLIS at the U of A as an internationally accredited degree and recognized the School's high quality graduate program within the University. He oversaw the continuation of the School's faculty renewal. Dr. Schrader has been particularly active in the School's relations to the profession as councilor and then president of the Library Association of Alberta, member of the LAA Intellectual Freedom Committee, member of the Canadian Library Association's Executive Council, chair of the CLA's Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee, and Canadian representative to IFLA/FAIFE, the Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. He is a research specialist in issues of disciplinary identity for library and information studies, including educational contexts and influences. Dr. Schrader also has expertise in the area of evaluation, most recently as a consultant to the National Library of Canada's National Core Library Statistics Program resulting in publication of the1996 and the 1999 survey reports.

Dr. Marianne Sorensen has a Ph.D. in Sociology, majoring in labour market and education. She has written a number of reports on libraries and on labour market- and university-related topics, has developed research plans and questionnaires, developed a course on selection and recruitment, and is currently employed as an independent social science research consultant with Tandem Social Research Consulting. Dr. Sorensen was the principal researcher for three survey projects carried out on behalf of the Edmonton Public Library system designed to examine public usage and evaluations of the system. She has also co-authored a distance-education course package on recruitment and selection, and worked with a collaborative initiative between Alberta Learning and the province's universities and university/colleges on student satisfaction and the labour market experiences of graduates.

Allison Sivak received her MLIS in 2003, and is currently working for the University of Alberta Libraries. She has extensive experience in administration in the heritage sector and possesses an undergraduate degree in Writing.

Bryan Corbett is University Archivist, University of Alberta Archives. Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts degrees in history at the University of Saskatchewan and Carleton Universities respectively. Bryan is a Certified Archivist (CA) and a Certified Systems Professional (CSP). In 1997 Bryan was appointed Coordinator of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) as well as University Archivist at the University of Alberta. Bryan is a founding member of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) and the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA). He was involved at various levels in the development of graduate and continuing education guidelines for archival studies programs in Canada and the United States. He continues to be involved in the American Library Association's Accreditation Program for Canadian and American Schools of Library, Information Sciences and Archival Studies. The Edmonton Chapter of ARMA International honoured him with its Distinguished Achievement Award (1992), its Chapter Member of the Year Award (1993) and its President's Award (1996).

Ed Krahn has been the Yukon's Museums Advisor since 1984, providing technical and funding support for Yukon museums and the umbrella organisation the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. He is also the Manger of the Museums Unit of the Cultural Services Branch of the Yukon Department of Tourism. Ed has also been working on the development of a support program for Yukon First Nations Cultural/Heritage Centres. He served for two years on the board of the CMA. In the past he has served as chair of a CMA Special Interest Group and when on the board of the CMA acted as board liaison with the SIG groups. Ed also served on the Canadian Heritage Information Network - Learning With Museum development team and currently sits on the Editorial Board of Canadian Heritage's Virtual Museum of Canada.

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