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Catherine Davidson

BA Hons (UWO), MLS (UofT)

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Associate University Librarian, Collections & Research
516 Scott Library
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA  M3J 1P3
Tel.   416 736-5601
Fax.  416 736-5451

I have been Associate University Librarian for Collections at York University Libraries since 2004; my Research portfolio was added in 2010. This past year, I served as Interim University Librarian. Prior to 2004, I was a reference librarian, electronic resources librarian, and subject specialist at York’s Scott Library. As AUL, I work with the library leadership team and with four departmental reports, including Technical Services, Resource Sharing, and the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections to develop and implement strategic library directions. 

In 2009-10, I spent my sabbatical year as Visiting Librarian at Scholars Portal, contributing to a number of initiatives including the second iteration of MINES for Libraries survey for the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and a consortial patron-driven acquisition e-book pilot.  

Professional development highlights include attending Harvard's Library Leadership in a Digital Age program in March of 2013. I was a member of the 2009-10  Association of Research Libraries' Research Library Leadership Fellows Program.   Previously, I attended the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. My MLS is from the University of Toronto and I have a BA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario.

Publications & Presentations (Select)

  • Presentation.Sense Making and Solving Problems. :Leveraging the View “from the Balcony”.  Catherine Davidson, Barbara McDonald, Catherine Steeves.  OLA Superconference, Toronto, Ontario. January 30, 2014.
  •   Dana Thomas, Catherine Davidson, Martha Kyrillidou, Terry Plum, (2012) "Measuring use of licensed electronic resources: A second iteration of the MINES for Libraries® survey on Scholars Portal and other resources for the Ontario Council of University Libraries", Library Management, Vol. 33 Iss: 6/7, pp.374 - 388.
  • Presentation. Papyrus 2.0: York University Libraries’ modern-day alternate format storage and delivery system. Catherine Davidson, Taras Danylak.  Accessibility Conference.  Guelph, Ontario.  May 29, 2013.
  • Presentation. Virtual orientation for students with disabilities: a campus collaboration. Catherine Davidson, Maureen Haig, Susan Ewing. Accessibility Conference.  Guelph, Ontario. May 28, 2013.
  • Presentation.  Mining eResource Data to reveal hidden assets – how one school dug deeper into its MINES results to assess the research value of eResources.  Catherine Davidson (York) Aaron Lupton (York).  Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment.  Charlottesville, Virginia. October 29-31, 2012.
  • Presentation.  A Leap of Faith: A Consortial PDA Pilot Project. With T. Horava. Acquisitions Institute, Timberline, Oregon. May 16, 2011.
  • Publication. Catherine Davidson and Martha Kyrillidou. “The Value of Electronic Resources: Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES for Libraries®) at the Ontario Council of University Libraries.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 271 (August 2010): 41-47
  •   Presentation. Connecting the Dots: Exploring Seamless Delivery of Content to the Researcher. With M. Lehane and A. Greenberg.  IFLA Satellite Meeting, Boston, August 2008.
  •   Presentation: Managing Ebook Workflow Issues from Acquisition to the Catalogue. With N. Hall and H. Fraser. Canadian Library Association, June 2008.
  • Presentation. Managing and Providing Access to Eresources. With R. Sonksen .Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference CALL/ABCD – Capitalizing on Change, May 8, 2007.

Updated on September 10th, 2015.