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Trent University’s Systems Librarian Receives Provincial Recognition

Dave Binkley acknowledged by the Ontario Council of University Libraries

Dave BinkleyTrent 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 extraordinary contributions.”

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

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