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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

University Librarian nominating committee seeks feedback

"The University is now beginning the process of identifying individuals to hold the position of University Librarian," says a memo from the University Librarian Nominating Committee that was circulated to students, faculty and staff on Monday. "A nominating committee has been formed to support the search for this position. For more information on the committee, position and search, please consult the website of the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel."

The role and duties of the University Librarian are defined as follows:

"Reporting to the Vice‐President, Academic & Provost, the University Librarian provides leadership to a staff of 125, including 36 librarians, in the Dana Porter, Davis Centre and Musagetes Libraries as well as the Witer Learning Resource Centre. The next University Librarian will provide overall management of the library, including the effective and efficient provision of library resources to the university community as well as the ongoing expansion and revitalization of the library’s resources to meet the community’s evolving needs. The next University Librarian will also leverage their experience in leadership within an academic library setting to set the strategic vision of the library, and will apply their administrative and management internally while also fostering relationships with new and prospective external partners to further the mission of the library. More detail on the library can be found on the Library website."

Over the course of the next few weeks, the nominating committee will be consulting with members of the University community on the mandate and responsibilities of the University Librarian, as well as the experience, skills and attributes required for success in the role. To assist the committee in its deliberations, members of the University community are being invited to respond to the following questions:

  1. What opportunities and challenges will the University Librarian encounter upon their appointment and over the next few years? What are the implications of these opportunities and challenges?
  2. What do you think the mandate and short- and long-term priorities of the new University Librarian should be?
  3. What are the most important qualifications for the position in terms of experience, skills and attributes?
  4. Are there any individuals you would recommend?

Please send your comments to any member of the committee, or to the committee secretary Mike Grivicic (, no later than Friday, June 3. Contact information for nominating committee members is provided below, and all comments will be held in confidence within the nominating committee.

University Librarian Nominating Committee members:

Ian Orchard (chair), Vice-President, Academic & Provost

Robert Patrick Bruce, Graduate Student

Nancy Collins, Liaison Librarian, Information Services and Resources

Shannon Gordon, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian

Stephane Hamade, Undergraduate Student

Alison Hitchens, Acting Associate University Librarian, Research and Digital Discovery Services

Judi Jewinski, Administrative Dean, Renison University College

Sharon Lamont, Director, Organizational Services, Library

Kate Lawson, English Language & Literature

Doug Peers, Dean of Arts

Adam Savage, Library Systems Administrator

James Skidmore, Germanic & Slavic Studies

Laurie Strome, Library Assistant, Patron Accounts

Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources

Mike Grivicic, Assistant University Secretary

Kevin Smith, Talent Acquisition Manager

European university presidents visit for study tour

President Feridun Hamdullahpur is welcoming vice-chancellors and pro-vice-chancellors from a number of European universities today as the University of Waterloo hosts the CASE Europe Leadership for Advancement Canada Study Tour.

The delegation includes leaders from the University of Dundee, the University of Aberdeen, Keele University, the University of Nottingham, Aberystwyth University, and University College London. 

Waterloo’s Office of Advancement has been a Canadian host of this study tour event for several years. The trip is organized by the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE) Europe Office and is designed for senior leaders to deepen their knowledge of institutional advancement.

CASE is a global professional organization serving more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 82 countries. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Waterloo checks out Shopify as e-commerce solution

A message from Finance.

Shopify has been selected as the centralized e-commerce solution for the University of Waterloo.

This central e-commerce solution will be owned by Finance, supported by IST and will address current gaps in the University’s e-commerce capabilities by providing basic e-commerce services to campus partners on an ongoing basis.

The project implementation team is currently conducting 3 pilot use cases as they work to develop the project governance structure and intake process.  It is expected that a second stage pre-selected limited release will occur in the Fall to validate the proposed processes, followed by a full release.  The timeline of the full release will be determined based on the outcome of the pilots.  Please be patient as we develop our intake documents and process.  A communication will be issued when the team is ready to begin accepting applications.

Stay tuned to the project site for updates.

Wednesday's notes

A gaggle of geese on campus.

As CASE presidents embark on a tour of campus, so too do these feathery family units.

Velocity Start and the South Side Marketplace are holding grand opening events today on the second floor of South Campus Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The University of Waterloo Recreation Committee (UWRC) is organizing an event entitled Books for Kids in Cameroon on Wednesday, June 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in MC 5501.

"Do you have some kids and teen books your children do not need anymore?" says the note from UWRC. "Here is a chance to improve literacy for children in Cameroon, Africa. These learning materials do not need to go to the dumpster…find out how you can give a second life to your kid’s and teen’s used books."

Gwendoline Nubila will be giving a 30 minutes talk on the book drive she is currently running to help start a Children & Youth Library in Cameroon, Africa. Register by sending an e-mail to

Chancellor Emeritus Mike Lazaridis will be talking up the Quantum Valley at a conference in Amsterdam today entitled "Quantum Europe: A New Era of Technology."

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include: PointClickCare, PDT Partners, Altera, RBC, Wattpad, Autodesk, Canon Innovation Lab, Rubikloud, and Facebook. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Link of the day

Casablanca's last cast member dies at 92

When and where

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 10 - Change, Sunday, May 15 to Thursday, May 19.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop, CTE601: Instructional Skills Workshop (24 hours), Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EV1-241.

Student Leadership Program (SLP) workshops, Round 1 registration now open, Tuesday, May 17 to Friday, May 20.

UWaterloo Blooms, Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Résumé tips, Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.

UWRC Book Club featuring Lori Lansens, “The Mountain Story,” Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Library workshop: Introduction to ArcGIS, Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329.

Velocity Start and South Side Marketplace Grand Opening, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Study Strategies, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.

UW Retirees' Association AGM, Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Club.

Velocity Start presents Find Your Kick A** Idea, Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, South Campus Hall.

Caregiving for aging parents and other family members - Opportunities and unmet challenges, Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m., LHI 1621.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day celebration, Thursday, May 19, 11:45 a.m., Renison Atrium.

The Writing Centre presents Design and deliver: Practising presentation skills, Thursday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Kirkup Farewell Celebration, Thursday, May 19, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Communitech Kitchen, 2nd floor, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener.

Victoria Day holiday, Monday, May 23.

Waterloo Region MED TECH Bridging the Gap 2016 - Inaugural Meeting, Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus. Co-hosted by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB).

Belonging: Diversity, Community Capacity & Contribution - An Evening with The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Velocity Start presents What’s Your Problem?, Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 28, various locations on campus.

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 10, Quantum-Nano Centre.

UWRC presents Books for Kids in Cameroon, Wednesday, June 1, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 pm, MC 5501 (formerly MC 5158). 
Register by emailing

Velocity Start presents Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model, Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.,, Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Sustainability at Uwaterloo, Thursday, June 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, MC 5501 (formerly MC 5158). Register by emailing

English + Innovation celebration, Thursday, June 2, 5:30 p.m., Tannery Event Centre.

WISE Public Lecture Series: Towards Sustainable Development & a 'Green GDP', Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

Effective cover letters, Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208. 

Velocity Start presents Setup Your Business Like A Boss, Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Spring Convocation ceremonies, Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18.

Research Seminar: Gerald McKinley, Western University, “Sydemics of Substance Use, Violence and Suicide: Public Health partnerships with First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario”, Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

UWRC Book Club featuring Ariel Lawhon, "The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress," Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Velocity Start presents How To Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Research Seminar: Kathryn Mercer, Waterloo School of Pharmacy, “Connecting and engaging cancer patients in decision-making with physicians and pharmacists through electronic health records”, June 28, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

Velocity Start presents Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

  • Job ID# 3170 - Lab Demonstrator – Physics and Astronomy, USG 8
  • Job ID# 3226 – Parking Services Clerk – Parking Services, USG 4
  • Job ID# 3219 – Stationary Engineer, Second Class – Plant Operations
  • Job ID# 3221 – Mechanic I – Control – Plant Operations
  • Job ID# 3220 – Mechanic I – Sheet Metal Worker – Plant Operations
  • Job ID# 3227 – Counsellor – Counselling Services, USG 10-13
  • Job ID# 3228 – Clinical Psychologist – Counselling Services, USG 11-13
  • Job ID# 3212 – System and Software Specialist, ACE – Chemistry, USG 9-10
  • Job ID# 3211 - Operations Specialist, ACE – Chemistry, USG 8
  • Job ID# 3223 – Graduate Program Administrator – School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, USG 6

Internal secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo:

  • Career Advisor – Co-operative Education & Career Action, USG 8
  • Instructional Technologies Maintenance/Support Technician – Information Systems & Technology, USG 7
  • Manager Communications Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment – Office of the Registrar, USG 11
  • Information Systems Specialist (Project Manager/Business Analyst) Portfolio Management – Information Systems & Technology, USG 12-14
  • Project Manager, Registrar’s Office Communications – Office of Registrar, USG 9