Dave Binkley acknowledged by
the Ontario Council of University Libraries
University is pleased to have learned that the Ontario Council of University
Libraries (OCUL) has formally recognized its Systems Librarian, Dave Binkley,
for his significant contributions to the advancement of the profession.
Mr. Binkley has been with Trent since 1998, and in his role, is responsible
for library systems support and development.
“Dave’s contributions locally, provincially and nationally
to his profession and the university sector deserve this important recognition.
His insight, leadership and thoughtful influence have truly made a difference
to both students and faculty,” says President Bonnie Patterson.
“Trent joins Dave’s peers in celebrating and recognizing his
OCUL is a consortium of 20 university libraries, including Trent, in the
province of Ontario. The member libraries cooperate to enhance information
services through resource sharing, collective purchasing, document delivery
and many other similar activities.
The following is the OCUL citation honouring Mr. Binkley:
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to acknowledge
academic librarians in Ontario who have made significant contributions
to the advancement of the profession. The diverse professional contributions
of Dave Binkley exemplify the innovative leadership and creativity that
characterizes the dedication and commitment of those in the OCUL community.
Dave began his career as a Reference Librarian at the University of Waterloo.
After positions at California State University, Chico and Simon Fraser
University he returned to Ontario to become the Systems Librarian at Trent
University. During his time at Trent Dave has also served as Head of Computing
Services for the University.
Through his systems development work Dave has advanced many of the core
functions of academic libraries within Ontario and across the country.
He is the author of the AVISO interlibrary loan program, a groundbreaking
package that automated the complex interactions of borrowing and lending.
AVISO became a commercial product that was widely used in libraries. While
at Simon Fraser, Dave was one of the architects and designers of GODOT
an early link resolver application that incorporated ILL requesting. The
unique functionality of GODOT provided a leading edge example of the power
of integrating electronic access.
While these innovations have had a profound impact on library systems
and services his other contributions have been more subtle. For example,
Dave made significant contributions to the Ontario Universities Digital
Library (OUDL) project (which was the initial attempt by OCUL to build
a digital library initiative and formed the basis of the OCUL submission
to the Canada Foundation for Innovation). While this project was not funded
the core ideas in the proposal lead to a national submission and the eventual
creation of the Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP) now the
Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).
The experiences with OUDL also allowed Dave to contribute as an early
architect of the Ontario Information Infrastructure (OII) which lead eventually
to the creation of the innovative Scholarsportal. In early discussions
with Peter Clinton from the University of Toronto Dave shaped the original
concept of the OII and established the core systems and information architecture.
Throughout all this Dave has been very generous with his time serving
as a consultant to many and as a frequent speaker at many conferences
and professional development events. Dave is an innovator, a creator,
a professional leader and mentor. OCUL is proud to acknowledge and celebrate
the contributions of Dave Binkley through this formal recognition.
Posted December 16, 2004