Ro­ma­niuk re­turns to prov­ince in vice-provost po­si­tion

Aca­demic joins Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary to head up li­braries and cul­tural re­sources

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Mary-Jo Ro­ma­niuk is pleased to be back in Al­berta again as the new vice-provost (li­braries and cul­tural re­sources) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary.

Ro­ma­niuk grew up in Regina and went to Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchewan to earn her B.Comm in ac­count­ing, after which she moved to Ed­mon­ton to work in ad­min­is­tra­tion in the uni­ver­sity’s li­brary.

The li­brary at U of A has a fine rep­u­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly for its ex­ten­sive Bruce Peel Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, and Ro­ma­niuk was soon ab­sorbed in the world of print and had a de­sire to learn more about li­brary man­age­ment. Ro­ma­niuk stud­ied for her Mas­ter of Li­brary Sci­ence at San Jose State Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia, fol­lowed by a PhD, Lead­er­ship — Li­brary & In­for­ma­tion Sci­ence at the Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

Ro­ma­niuk was ap­pointed act­ing chief li­brar­ian at the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta where she was awarded a Li­brary Jour­nal Mover and Shaker Award for cre­at­ing a part­ner­ship with the Ed­mon­ton Pub­lic Li­brary to ad­dress stu­dents’ needs more ap­pro­pri­ately.

Dur­ing her time there, she led data and preser­va­tion ini­tia­tives and was in­stru­men­tal in the ac­qui­si­tion of the Sam Steel Fam­ily Ar­chives.

For the past four years, Ro­ma­niuk served as li­brar­ian at the Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba.

A leader in her field, she ini­ti­ated sev­eral ser­vices and pro­grams to im­prove stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ro­ma­niuk says the move to Cal­gary gives her the op­por­tu­nity to be a vi­tal part of a dy­namic and en­er­gized uni­ver­sity that val­ues teach­ing, re­search and its com­mu­ni­ties.

“Li­braries and cul­tural re­sources are in­te­gral to the aca­demic and re­search ex­pe­ri­ence and I look for­ward to build­ing on the strong foun­da­tion that ex­ists at UCal­gary,” she says.

There’s al­ready a lot of strength in the broad port­fo­lio Ro­ma­niuk has un­der her guid­ance from her of­fices in the Tay­lor Fam­ily Dig­i­tal Li­brary. Her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties en­com­pass the uni­ver­sity’s li­braries, ar­chives and spe­cial col­lec­tions — a huge ac­cu­mu­la­tion of valu­able items such as the Eve­lyn De Mille do­na­tion that in­cludes a leaf of the Guten­berg Bible, a leaf printed by Wil­liam Cax­ton in 1543 and a 16th Cen­tury Book of Hours. It also boasts the EMI Mu­sic Canada records col­lec­tion and 28,000 printed items of the late Bob Gib­son’s spec­u­la­tive fic­tion.

Ro­ma­niuk also over­sees the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary Press, which pub­lishes around 25 im­prints each year; Nickle Gal­leries, which opens the Judy Griebel: Il­lu­mi­nated Col­lapse ex­hi­bi­tion to­day; Ar­chi­tec­tural Ar­chives; the High Den­sity Li­brary at Spy Hill, which is un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions that will ex­tend its ca­pac­ity for the next 20 years; and the Founders’ Gallery at The Mil­i­tary Mu­seum.

Ro­ma­niuk is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know and work­ing with her 120 staff and the var­i­ous fac­ul­ties, as well as the broader city com­mu­nity.

But Ro­ma­niuk will still find time to con­tinue as co-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the North­ern Ex­po­sure to Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute, board mem­ber of the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Cen­tre for Li­brary Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment, and maybe en­joy some ski­ing.

It was a priv­i­lege for me to know Ray and He­len Van Helden who founded Van Helden Agen­cies 68 years ago in the Lougheed Build­ing. Ray died at 97 years of age. He re­tired in 1972 but wel­comed his son Dave to the firm back in 1954 to help it grow.

Dave’s son and cur­rent pres­i­dent Dou­glas joined the firm in 1992 and now the firm has wel­comed a fourth gen­er­a­tion Van Helden, Daniel. Daniel earned a de­gree in ge­ol­ogy from Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta and gained valu­able in­sur­ance ex­pe­ri­ence as an oil and gas un­der­writer with Chubb In­sur­ance Canada.

Li­braries and cul­tural re­sources are in­te­gral to the aca­demic and re­search ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mary-Jo Ro­ma­niuk is the new vice-provost li­braries and cul­tural re­sources at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary.

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