eBook Collection Practices

You can find our report here.

Our Consultants

Ken Roberts, Lead Project Consultant and Public Library Sector
Ken was Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library from 1994 until his retirement in
2012. He has received both the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service
to Librarianship Award (2012) and the Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime
Achievement Award (also 2012) as well as the Ontario Library Association’s Larry Moore
Award for Distinguished Service (2015). He is a former President of both the Canadian
Library Association and the Ontario Library Association and is a popular speaker on the
topics of positive organizational culture, leadership, technology and trends affecting the
future of libraries. Ken has been a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel
on the Future of Libraries and Archives in Canada, and is also a former Governor General’s
Award nominee for Children’s Literature.

Carol Stephenson, University Library Sector
Over the past 27 years as an academic librarian, Carol Stephenson has been engaged
in issues affecting scholarly communication from roles at the university, provincial, and
national level and from participation on publisher advisory boards. Carol is currently on
study leave from Wilfrid Laurier University, investigating Open Access from the perspective
of the researcher and funding models. From 2011 to 2014, Carol was seconded to the
Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) where she led negotiations and consortia
licensing for electronic resources on behalf of the 21 Ontario universities, including working
with eBOUND and the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) on the original
ACUP ebook deal.

Thomas Guignard, College Library Sector
Thomas Guignard is an engineer turned librarian, now ebook Project Manager at the
Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) in Toronto. Prior to that, he was Head of
Collection Development at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in
Switzerland. He also provides services as a library technology consultant, and is a
volunteer instructor for Software Carpentry, a non-profit that organizes short computer
programming workshops for academics and librarians. Thomas holds an MSc in Electrical
Engineering from ETH Zurich, a PhD in Acoustics from EPFL and is finishing a distancelearning
Master of Library Science from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth (UK).