Second mandate begins September 1, 2015
By McGill Reporter Staff
On Monday, Feb. 2, McGill’s Board of Governors approved the reappointment of Colleen Cook for a second five-year term as McGill’s Trenholme Dean of Libraries. The reappointment came on the recommendation of Principal Suzanne Fortier, based on the support of an Advisory Committee that was struck in November 2014.
In January 2011, Prof. Cook came to McGill from Texas A&M University, where she held the Sterling C. Evans Endowed Chair as Dean of Libraries. She has two graduate degrees from Texas A&M, a PhD in Higher Education Administration and an MA, as well as BA and MLS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
“Under Dean Cook’s leadership, McGill Library and Archives have been conducting ongoing consultations about how to best serve the changing needs of teaching, learning and research,” wrote Provost Anthony C. Masi in an e-mail to the McGill community, “both today and in the future.” The past five years have seen a focus on Library services, a renewal and reorganization of staff and the establishment of a Library Council. Provost Masi highlighted the great changes currently going on in the world of libraries, from ever-increasing digital access to materials, to more “flexible, non-traditional learning spaces,” such as the Redpath Group Study Zone and CyberMed, praising the McGill Library’s ongoing “strategic reimagining of an essential McGill resource.”