OCUL Projects Officer Announcement

On behalf of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), I am announcing staff changes that will take place in the next short while.


(Faye Abrams, left; Carol Stephenson, right)

After spending 12 years with OCUL our Projects Officer, Faye Abrams, will retire effective November 30th. There is no doubt that Faye will be missed by her colleagues in the library and vendor community as she has been the driving force behind consortia licensing for electronic resources across Ontario's 21 university libraries since 1999. Faye has been described by librarians and faculty colleagues as a pioneer, advocate, and mentor, who has lead "with good humour and patience, evident mutual trust, and boundless energy". Her notable career has been recognized in awards from Ontario colleagues. In 2007 Faye was the recipient of an Outstanding Librarian Award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and, in 2011, the Ontario Colleges and Universities Association Lifetime Achievement Award. From everyone at OCUL, we send our congratulations to Faye and wish her well in her retirement. She has earned it.

New Projects Officer

OCUL is pleased to announce that Carol Stephenson has been appointed OCUL Projects Officer, effective December 1st. Carol is seconded from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) where she is Head of Collections and Acquisitions. Carol is well-known in the academic library and publishing communities. She has served on the OCUL Information Resources Committee for several years and has represented OCUL libraries on the CRKN Negotiating Resource Team. Carol is a member of both the Springer Library Advisory Board and the Ebsco Advisory Board. Professionally, Carol's work has been recognized twice by the Canadian Library Association. She received the YBP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Collection Development and Management in 2009 and the Technical Services Interest Group 3M Award as a member of the WLU team for WLU's Banner/Voyager Financial Systems Invoice Project in 2011.

Please join us in welcoming Carol to her new position. Contact information for Carol will be available on the OCUL website.

Kathy Scardellato
Executive Director