OCUL Appoints Executive Director
TORONTO (Ontario), 28 October 2022 - The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Greenberg as Executive Director following an extensive North American search.
As Executive Director, Amy will lead OCUL’s mission, vision and strategy within a dynamic context, overseeing the consortium's planning, administration and operations. This includes shaping priorities for technology and service activities initiated by the consortium and fulfilled in partnership with the University of Toronto Libraries and Scholars Portal, as well as with other institutions and organizations. Amy will work closely with OCUL member institutions to determine and advance shared goals, while balancing diverse needs and perspectives regarding OCUL's successful programs and services. Amy’s appointment will be effective as of December 12, 2022.
Amy brings many years of experience working in a consortial and collaborative environment. She has been working for OCUL since May 2003 when she was hired as a User Support Librarian for the implementation of a consortia-wide ILL system. Currently she is the Interim Associate Director of Scholars Portal, OCUL’s shared technology and service infrastructure team. Her previous roles at Scholars Portal include Client Services Librarian and Associate Director responsible for Research and Member Services. From 2015 to 2017 Amy took a brief hiatus to manage OCUL’s Collaborative Futures project. In this role she coordinated OCUL’s preparations for and procurement of a shared Library Services Platform (LSP) and was instrumental in facilitating the vision of ‘radical collaboration’ underpinning the initiative.
Amy has represented OCUL and Scholars Portal on various committees and groups both within OCUL and at the national and provincial level. She is currently co-chair of OCUL’s Futures of Resource Sharing Infrastructure Working Group. Her interest in and experience with organizational behaviour and library collaborations, and her in depth understanding of consortia will be a definite asset to OCUL as she takes up this position. Amy has a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.Sc. in Biology from York University.
“OCUL is excited to welcome Amy as Executive Director” says Amber Lannon, University Librarian at Carleton University and OCUL Chair. “Her significant experience working with OCUL members and services, her collaborative nature and her expertise in the development of innovative digital library services and collections is the leadership OCUL needs to face the challenges of today.”
The OCUL Executive extends their sincere thanks to Anika Ervin-Ward for her continued and steady leadership as Interim Executive Director during this time and thanks the search committee for their work during the search process.
OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries and an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) translate. Its strength lies in its commitment to work together to maximize collective expertise and resources. OCUL has been collaborating since 1967 to enhance information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing, collaborative planning and shared digital information infrastructure. For more information contact ocul [at] ocul.on.ca.