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Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources)

Tom Hickerson

Tom Hickerson is the vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian.
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Tom began serving his second five-year term as vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian on July 1, 2011. Tom’s portfolio includes the university libraries, the university archives and special collections, the Nickle Arts Museum and the University of Calgary Press.

Prior to this appointment, Tom spent much of his career at Cornell University as an archivist, technology innovator, and library administrator—most recently serving as associate university librarian for information technologies and special collections.

Tom had principal responsibility for the programmatic design of the Taylor Family Digital Library and the High Density Library—a $205 million capital project resulting in one of the most state-of-the-art research and learning environments in Canada.

Tom’s work to strengthen the University of Calgary’s libraries’ collections—including the acquisition of rare and unique resources—led to the university’s acceptance into the prestigious ranks of the Association of Research Libraries in 2009. This placed the University of Calgary among North America’s premier research libraries.  

He has served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. He is a Fellow and former President of the Society of American Archivists and served as a member of the executive committee of the International Council on Archives.

Currently, Tom serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). He chairs ARL’s Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group, is a member of the Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee and has played a lead role in ARL’s Strategic Thinking and Design process. He is executive director of the Research Data Centre at the University of Calgary and has been appointed to the Open Educational Resources Initiatives Steering Committee of the Province of Alberta’s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education.

Tom’s commitment to library innovation is showcased in his many speaking engagements across Canada and the United States.

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