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Monday, June 19 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1b: Breaking Down the Silos: Restructuring to Strengthen a Multi-Library System

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Issues raised in a Senate Review of the Dalhousie Libraries prompted the Libraries to conduct an Operational Review in 2012. One of the results coming out of these reviews was the introduction of a new organizational structure in 2013, establishing five Associate University Librarian roles with system-wide responsibilities. Coupled with this was the University Librarian’s strategic initiative to encourage librarians to “follow their bliss” and select an area of expertise, moving away from a traditional liaison model. This program encouraged the development of specialization in an area that would meet a system-wide need.  Happening simultaneously with the review process was a merger with a significantly smaller university, bringing a fifth, and remote, library into the system. The merger heightened the need to find ways to strengthen the library system into one cohesive and cooperative system. This paper discusses how the establishment of the new AUL roles and encouragement of librarians to serve in system-wide areas of expertise was vital to transforming the library system and breaking down the silos of the individual libraries. This restructuring increased the Libraries’ ability to support the university’s new strategic plan and placed the Libraries in a position of strength within the university. The success of the new model is examined in the context of the subsequent Senate Review, which was recently completed.


Donna Bourne-Tyson

University Librarian, Dalhousie University
Donna Bourne-Tyson is the University Librarian at Dalhousie University. Research interests include research data management, open access publishing, and the impact of technology on equitable access, reading and learning. Donna is currently the Vice-President / President-Elect for... Read More →

Elaine M. MacInnis

Associate University Librarian, Library Services and Head, MacRae Library, Dalhousie University
Elaine MacInnis is the Associate University Librarian, Library Services and Head, MacRae Library at Dalhousie Libraries. Her research interests include library spaces, blended services and international librarianship. She held the position of University Librarian at the Nova Scotia... Read More →

Monday June 19, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
C2.06 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

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