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A message from Dr. Beaudry
© Concordia University, photo by Lisa Graves
Dear Concordia Students,
It is a great pleasure to welcome Webster Library users to their brand-new service area on LB2. We are grateful for the patience you have displayed throughout the construction work. I am happy to report that there is only one – and final - phase to go before the completion of the Webster Transformation. In effect, students returning in fall 2017, will find the fourth and part of the third floors almost completed.
Although we will give ourselves just of bit of time to catch our breath, our intention is to capitalize on the momentum generated by the Webster Transformation to start planning for the renovation of the Vanier Library!
As stated when we embarked on this Transformation, libraries change and so must we in order to stay with the times! The second floor was planned with experimentation and information in mind. The Technology Sandbox is already an extremely popular hub, and the Discovery Counters and the Kiosks are exciting new loci of information that I invite you to visit and use.
You surely noticed the sound installation which plays through speakers as you walk up the stairs into the Webster Library and which features music and words. We could not think of a better way to ensure a transition from the busy street level to a more quiet and conducive work environment. We hope you enjoy the variety of recordings that are played continously.
In closing, I would like to point out that the third phase of the Webster Transformation (second floor) was the most complex one from a technical and logistical standpoint. I would like to thank the many very competent people who contributed to making the second floor transformation a reality. It is because of the concerted efforts of all that the result has been so successful.
We are eager to hear from you. If you want to offer a suggestion or air a concern, please go to our blog-style Suggestion Box. We want to be continually aware of and responsive to your research and study needs.
Good luck with your final exams!
Guylaine Beaudry, PhD
About Dr. Guylaine Beaudry
Beaudry joined the university in October 2009 as director of the Webster Library, and she has served as interim university librarian since July 2013. Previously, she was director of the Digital Publishing Centre at the Université de Montréal and executive director of Érudit, a publishing platform for scholarly books and journals in the social sciences and humanities.
She has authored many books on scholarly publishing, including La communication scientifique et le numérique (2011) published at Hermès/Lavoisier and Profession : Bibliothécaire (2012) at Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal. She served as president of the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec from 2008 to 2010. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the status and future of libraries in Canada.
Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture.
Beaudry holds a PhD in History of the Book from École pratique des hautes études (Paris) and a Master of Library and Information Science from Université de Montréal.