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About Amy Buckland

Amy Buckland joined Concordia on September 15, 2023, and begins her role as University Librarian.

Buckland’s extensive career in libraries spans both academic and governmental settings, as well as work experience in publishing. It began at McGill University in e-publishing and digitization, where she managed the university library’s digitization efforts, developed digital collection workflows, and supervised institutional repository policies and content. She also led open access and scholarly communication initiatives.

Prior to Concordia, Buckland held the position of assistant deputy minister for collections at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) where she led a team of 500 staff and managed an annual budget of $50 million. At LAC she reorganized the entire sector to bring a renewed focus on access to the collections and was particularly active in advocating for the importance of establishing LAC as the home for the records of the Government of Canada.

Prior to joining LAC, Buckland was head of research and scholarship at the University of Guelph Library where she oversaw the collaborative development of a digital infrastructure to support the needs of research teams and new forms of scholarly communication that are scalable and sustainable. She led the development of a robust digital scholarship workshop series incorporating everything from data management to hands-on tools-based sessions, to broader conversations around the ethical considerations of gathering and sharing information.

Integral to Buckland’s experience, she also served as institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago Library. Jointly appointed to the library, university IT services and the Research Computing Center, she established the institutional repository service for publications and data to support the sharing of research materials, and implemented workshops and events related to open access.

Buckland holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill and a BA in political science and women’s studies from Concordia.

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