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Andrew Waller appointed COPPUL Executive Director

COPPUL is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Waller as Executive Director, effective 6 October 2014. 

Waller comes to COPPUL from the University of Calgary where he has been Licensing and Negotiation Librarian and Open Access Librarian since 2008 and served in other roles since 1997.  Waller holds a BSc from the University of Calgary and an MLS from the University of BC.  He has served on the Open Access Working Group of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and has held leadership roles within the Library Association of Alberta and the Canadian Library Association.   He is a past chair of COPPUL’s Private LOCKSS Network Steering Committee, and the current chair of its Scholarly Communication Working Group.

COPPUL Chair Jonathan Bengtson says, “On behalf of the COPPUL Board and membership, I am delighted that Andrew will be joining us as Executive Director.  He brings a passion for libraries and our evolving roles facilitating 21st century teaching and scholarship within higher education.”

Waller expresses enthusiasm for the consortium, stating “COPPUL is an organization that I have long worked with and have long admired.  Right now, I think COPPUL is in a fantastic position, leading the way on initiatives like the Shared Print Archives Network project (SPAN) and digital preservation as well as licensing a wide range of resources for member libraries.   I am very pleased to be able to bring my experience and knowledge to the exciting COPPUL environment.”

COPPUL is a consortium of 23 university libraries in Canada’s four western provinces.  COPPUL  provides leadership in the development of collaborative solutions addressing the academic information resource needs, the staffing development needs, and the preservation needs of its member institutions.

The COPPUL office will move to a new Calgary address in October 2014. 

For more information:
Jonathan Bengtson, COPPUL Chair