The Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association, has selected OCAD University as the host institution for the 2015 New Librarian Residency Award.
OCAD U has used funding from the program to hire Chris Landry as a Scholarly Communications Librarian/Digital Projects Curator. Landry will be involved with both scholarly communication and digital projects curation.The Residency Program Committee was impressed by how current the position was to today's academic library environment. The proposal was also particularly strong in the mentoring component of the role, as Landry will have a six-person mentoring team.
The New Librarian Residency Program provides an academic library with funding toward a new contract position. It was launched in March 2009 with the goal of enhancing recruitment of new librarians in an academic or research environment.
Through this program, college and university library administrators can apply for funding toward the salary of a new librarian for a minimum of 10 months to a maximum of 12 months. This residency program is the first in Canada to be funded by a library association.