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Trent University Appoints New University Librarian


Robert F. Clarke, MLS Brings Web Literacy and
a Wealth of Expertise to Library Operations

October 16, 2006, Peterborough

Following an extensive national competition, Trent University is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert F. Clarke, MLS to the position of university librarian.

In this role, Mr. Clarke will be overseeing the development of the Bata Library’s learning resources, research tools, and both virtual and material collections to support students and faculty.  In addition to providing leadership and direction for the Library, Mr. Clarke will also serve as a member of the academic administrative team at Trent University.

“These are exciting times for Canadian universities, and a transformative time for university libraries,” said Mr. Clarke.  “I am very much looking forward to joining Trent and furthering its award-winning reputation for research excellence.”

Mr. Clarke comes to Trent after spending 18 years in progressive leadership positions in the libraries of McGill University.  In addition to receiving his Master of Library Science degree from McGill, he speaks three languages, and has been actively involved with the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Special Libraries Association and the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec.

“Robert has substantial experience strategically developing university libraries and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Bonnie Patterson, president and vice chancellor of Trent University.  “Bata Library is an important resource for the entire region, so this is good news both for Trent and the greater Peterborough community.”

Susan Apostle-Clark, vice president academic, echoes these sentiments.  “Robert’s impressive experience developing web-based research methodologies will ensure Bata Library continues to play a vital role in the success of our students,” said Vice President Apostle-Clark.

Mr. Clarke starts his new position at Trent University on January 1, 2007.


For further information, please contact Susan Apostle-Clark at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1694