U of T Libraries releases 2016 Annual Report

The U of T Libraries’ 2016 Annual Report is now available online, featuring a dynamic illustration of Robarts Library by illustrator, Jason Loo, on the cover.

Innovation and collaboration are behind our efforts to put our Strategic Plan 2013-2018 (updated in 2016) priorities into action this past year. What have we been up to? Some highlights are:

  • The Gerstein Science Information Centre has introduced the new Research and Innovation Services unit, which will improve our ability to deliver services, while fully aligning library activities with other research and innovation functions across the University.
  • Music librarians Suzanne Meyers Sawa, James Mason and Houman Behzadi discovered a long-lost violin concerto by Norwegian composer, Johan Halvorsen, inside the papers of Canadian violinist, Kathleen Parlow.
  • UTL has made strides to empower student scholars by launching an array of new services and programs tailored to their unique needs, including the launch of the undergraduate research prize and the deployment of the iStaff team in Robarts Library, who assist their peers as they learn to navigate a complex academic library system.
  • UTL is partnering with various other universities and the Canadian Linked Data Initiative in order to implement linked open data and adapt to changes in metadata standards. Linked data is expected to cause a seismic shift in libraries as dramatic as the conversion from the card catalogue to the MARC record.