University of Calgary

Minister Clement experiences TFDL

UToday HomeMay 24, 2012

Government of Canada Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes a tour of the Taylor Family Digital Library with Provost and Vice-President Academic Dru Marshall. Photo by Riley BrandtGovernment of Canada Treasury Board President Tony Clement takes a tour of the Taylor Family Digital Library with Provost and Vice-President Academic Dru Marshall. Photo by Riley BrandtGovernment of Canada Treasury Board President Tony Clement visited the University of Calgary campus on May 23 to meet with university officials and tour the state-of-the-art Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Clement was hosted by Provost and Vice-President Academic Dru Marshall and Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) Tom Hickerson.

Minister Clement previously served as Minister of Industry and, in that role, was instrumental in providing $27 million in federal funding through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) for the TFDL project. This was Minister Clement’s first visit to the building since it opened in September 2011. He experienced firsthand how federal funding has supported an innovative facility for the evolving needs of students and faculty that has quickly become the heart of the university campus.

Marshall and Hickerson thanked Clement and the Government of Canada for their support, and demonstrated how infrastructure and cutting-edge technology enables teaching and learning, research and collaboration, and the creation of new knowledge.

The TFDL project―which included the Taylor Family Digital Library, the Taylor Quadrangle, and the High Density Library―was a $205.7M project funded by the Taylor Family and all three levels of government. Other supporters of the TFDL project were: former University of Calgary Chancellor Joanne Cuthbertson and former Board of Governors Vice-Chair Charlie Fischer; University of Calgary’s Alumni Association; and SMART Technologies.