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Challenges for the Research Library in the 21st Century

BC Research Libraries Group

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present:

Philip Kent

University Librarian, University of Melbourne


who will be speaking about

Challenges for the Research Library in the 21st Century


September 20 2013, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



What are the challenges for the library in serving a research-intensive university in the 21st century? Join innovator Philip Kent, University Librarian at the University of Melbourne, who will share insights gleaned from leading university libraries around the world. He will also draw on his experience leading the library at the University of Melbourne, which consistently appears as the highest scoring Australian university in international rankings.


About the Speaker:

Philip G Kent is the University Librarian at The University of Melbourne. He commenced at the University in March 2009following an extensive career in universities and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Philip joined Melbourne at an important time. Following the Information Futures Commission and the development of a 10 year information strategy for the University, the Library is being reinvigorated under his leadership. Its history as a repository of vital research and cultural collections remains central to the role of the Library. A number of significant cultural collections including the University Archives, the largest non-government archive in Australia and the Grainger Museum also fall under Philip’s leadership. In addition the Library is developing innovative learning spaces to support the Learning and Teaching strategies of the University as well as providing appropriate technologies to support student learning. Melbourne has a prestigious pedigree as one of Australia’s top research universities. Consequently Library support for the University’s research, e-research and e-scholarship, research training and research data management agendas is a high priority.


Coffee and refreshments will be served.


For more information about the Lecture series see: or contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Trish Rosseel,; Rebecca Dowson,; Mark Bodnar; George Tsiakos,; Jessica Mussell,; Caron Rollins,


Have questions about Challenges for the Research Library in the 21st Century? Contact BC Research Libraries Group

When & Where

Dodson Room [Room 302], Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia
1961 E Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z8

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)

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BCRLG Speaker Series: A partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC, UNBC, RRU and TRU to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape

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