This past Friday there was a one-day symposium on the state of academic librarianship at the University of Toronto entitled Academic Librarianship – A Crisis or an Opportunity?.

In response to recent developments in academic libraries in Ontario and elsewhere, academic librarians are invited to gather to discuss the challenges facing the profession of academic librarianship today.

This one-day Symposium will serve as an opportunity to hear stakeholders’ views of the profession as well as an opportunity for academic librarians to explore ways of re-affirming the legitimacy and the integrity of academic librarianship both now and as we move forward in the future.

The Symposium will be organized around three main themes: library education and curriculum, the role of professional associations and the value of professional accreditation, and labour issues.

Some of the “recent developments” pertain to the material I collected on my McMastergate post.

Unfortunately I missed the symposium itself and even had the kind of day where I missed most of the tweeting.

However, I have caught most of the post-symposium blog posts and other stories and thought I would collect them here.

Of course, I’ll update as more reactions appear. If I’ve missed any please let me know either in the comments or at jdupuis at yorku dot ca.

Update 2011.11.22: Added item with McGill statement.


  1. #1 vonjobi
    November 22, 2011

    i was actually wondering where you were =)

  2. #2 vonjobi
    November 23, 2011

    i was actually wondering where you were =)

    couldn’t resist tweaking my post a little more. you might find the new link to the PLG blog interesting…

  3. #3 John Dupuis
    November 23, 2011

    Hi von, I am disappointed I wasn’t able to make it but a variety of circumstances conspired to keep me away. And thanks for the links!

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