OCUL Welcomes two new Visiting Researchers
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce two new Visiting Researchers for 2024.
Geoff Sinclair joins OCUL from February to June 2024. Through his research, Geoff will explore barriers to fuller institutional participation with cataloguing collectives, with a lens to how Collaborative Futures policies and procedures could serve to reinforce or break down resistance to fuller participation in cataloguing collectives. His research will include a literature review of institutional participation in collective cataloguing, with a focus on the catalogues of academic consortia; interviews with cataloguing practitioners in Ontario university libraries; and a final research report to summarize the current environment and make recommendations for next steps, such as policy development, training, and technical solutions. Geoff is on research leave from his role as Trent University Library’s Discovery & Systems Librarian.
Joanne Rumig will begin her one-year role as an OCUL Visiting Researcher in April 2024. Her research will examine how academic libraries can incorporate and create a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity in their spaces and services, with a particular focus on neurodivergence in academic librarianship. Joanne’s project will involve a literature review and interviewing OCUL member library staff across Ontario, analyzing research findings and developing a toolkit/best practices to share with the consortium community. Joanne is on sabbatical from her role as the Head of Access Services at the Carleton University Library.
Learn more about the OCUL Visiting Researcher program.