Innovative head librarian earns national kudos
Ernie Ingles recognized for leadership
— reported by Folio
More than six million titles fill the shelves of University of Alberta libraries, making it the second largest collection in Canada. And with its numerous digital collections and initiatives with partner institutions in Alberta, the U of A library system is cutting edge, thanks in part to the efforts of its chief librarian.
Ernie Ingles was recognized this week by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) with the 2006 CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.
“It’s a great honour. I’ve always thought that peer recognition, particularly within academia and universities, was one of the most important kinds of recognition,” said Ingles, who is also the U of A’s vice-provost.
Among his many achievements, Ingles has taken a leadership role in many initiatives to link libraries from post-secondary institutions province-wide, which provides students with greater access to resources from other institutions. These enterprises include the NEOS Library Consortium, The Health Knowledge Network, and the upcoming Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library, a multi-million dollar venture funded by the provincial government.