Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Tom Hickerson is the vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian.
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Libraries and Cultural Resources is a principal division of the University of Calgary, combining the university libraries, university art museums and the University of Calgary Press. He also serves as Executive Director of the University’s Research Data Centre.
Hickerson exercised principal responsibility for the programmatic design of the Taylor Family Digital Library and a high-density storage facility, a $205 million capital project of the University of Calgary. The Taylor Family Digital Library, which opened in September 2011, is designed as a unique convergence, incorporating a 21st century research and learning environment for exploring and creating knowledge; a museum housing and exhibiting a rich panoply of cultural and visual arts; and a publishing program devoted to disseminating high-quality academic literature via Open Access publication.
Tom came to the University of Calgary after an extensive career as an archivist, technology innovator and library administrator at Cornell University, most recently serving there as Associate University Librarian for Information Technologies and Special Collections. In 2001, he was named a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in recognition of his contributions to the “use of information technologies for the benefit of society.”
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. He has served on the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. He has recently served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries.