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Concordia University is one of Canada’s most dynamic universities in one of North America’s most livable cities. It reflects a unique blend of commitments to diversity, accessibility, social responsibility, and innovation. With over 46,000 students (6,300 international) and nearly 1,700 full-time and part-time professors, Concordia is recognized for offering a rich academic experience combined with strong community engagement.
This is a time of change for Concordia University Library. A new library space was recently inaugurated in the Grey Nuns Building. A major renovation and expansion project is transforming the Webster Library, at the Sir George Williams Campus (downtown), over the period of 2015 to 2017. An innovative technology program is being developed and will contribute to enhance the students experience in the libraries.
Concordia Library recently developed a strategic plan for 2016-2021. Some of the highlights from the plan’s goals and objectives include:
- The transformation of service offerings to provide an outstanding user experience
- The launch of the Concordia University Press to disseminate engaging research in the form of open access scholarly books
- The creation of a platform for the preservation and dissemination of oral history material
- The promotion of research and innovation in library and information studies
In light of this, the newly launched Concordia Library Researcher-in-Residence program has been created to promote research in the library and the use of research by practitioners. The program offers the opportunity for scholars or doctoral students to focus on an area of inquiry in a supportive and enriching environment, and to interact with Concordia Library staff and its resources.
The presence of the Researcher-in-Residence in Concordia Library has as one of its goals to foster a culture of research. It is hoped that throughout the residency, both the researcher and staff will become engaged in the use of research in library practice and the concept of evidence-based librarianship.
The residency period is from January 1 to December 1, 2017. Proposals which include alternative start dates and those of different duration will also be considered.
For the inaugural Researcher-in-Residence program, Concordia Library invites proposals relating to any of the Library’s strategic plan goals as well as the following themes:
- The role of the library in a next-generation university
- The role of the library in the digital humanities
- Collection development in an increasingly connected world
- Use of space for learning and research
- Digital libraries
- Communication and outreach to users
- Efficacy of library instruction
- Professional development and capacity building of library staff
Researchers from library and information studies, as well as other disciplines (e.g., anthropology, computer science, education, informatics, media studies, sociology) are welcome to apply.