Discover How We Are Transforming Your Library

A year and a half ago York University Libraries set out on a journey to develop and implement a restructuring plan. The vision was to create a new organizational structure that makes the Libraries more agile and helps our users thrive in the ever changing academic landscape.

Restructuring Progress Update – Nov 26


Digital Engagement and Strategy Division

The new Digital Engagement and Strategy Division promotes excellence in research and teaching by coalescing Library digital expertise and infrastructure for digital scholarship. The division unites dissemination, discovery, knowledge organization and preservation with technological infrastructure and applications development to support:

  • faculty seeking to integrate digital scholarship methodologies into their teaching and research
  • students seeking expert instruction related to emerging tools in digital scholarship

The Division is composed of four new departments:

The Digital Scholarship Infrastructure Department advances open publishing, digital preservation, web archiving, and digital scholarship by:

  • developing curricular and co-curricular programming and services for digital research methods and approaches, digital scholarship, scholarly communications and creating open educational resource (OER)
  • supporting web archiving, digital narrative storytelling, digital exhibits creation, and scholarly publishing
  • advancing discovery of research and curating and preserving unique content via the YorkSpace repository and the York University Digital Library (YUDL)

The Metadata, Discovery and Access Department advances knowledge discovery and dissemination by:

  • enhancing discovery of the Libraries’ collections and the broader scholarship of York University
  • communicating core metadata fundamentals as they apply to research data management and linked open data to the broader university community

The Library Digital Systems and Initiatives and the Library Digital Technology Services departments underpin core Library technical infrastructure by:

  • developing and managing web services, computing environments and specialized software applications that leverage unique library spheres of knowledge and research
  • managing the libraries’ disaster recovery, data security and digital preservation efforts
  • providing expert instruction and consultation related to emerging technologies for digital scholarship

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