Joy Kirchner

Dean of Libraries, York University

JOY KIRCHNER is Dean of Libraries at York University. She currently serves on SPARC’s OER Advisory Board, ARL’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, she is vice-chair of the Ontario Consortium of University Libraries (OCUL), she serves on PKP’s Advisory Board, and she is past chair of CARL’s Advancing Research Committee where she continues to lead several major open access projects for CARL. With a long career as a scholarly communications librarian she has brought that on the ground experience to her senior leadership roles. She has just launched a new organizational restructure to reinforce the Libraries’ expertise in digital scholarship, data and repository infrastructure, and scholarly communications. She instigated and chairs the Provost’s a high-level campus-wide Steering Committee on Open Access and Open Data; she helped enable and co-hosted SPARC’s OpenCon conference in Toronto this November, and she has a long history of providing consultation to other North American institutions on advancing open access policies and programs, having been one of the main instigators and developers of ACRL’s highly successful Scholarly Communications Roadshow program.

Prior to this position Joy was the Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections at the University of Minnesota where she launched a new Open Scholarship and Publishing Office; she was the head of the University of British Columbia’s Scholarly Communication & Copyright office, where she developed a copyright service model that has become a standard model adopted by many institutions across North America.  She was also a participant in the prestigious ARL Leadership Fellows program and was ACRL’s first Visiting Program Officer focusing on sustainability models for scholarly communications.

Her current research and scholarship is focused on building collaborative networks to advance, resource and provision emergent areas in digital scholarship. She was co-PI of an Andrew W. Mellon grant focusing on networks of expertise to support Centers of Excellence in Libraries.




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