Cross-Appointed Professor, School of Information Studies

1994 – MA in English Literature, University of Ottawa
1986 – MLIS in Library and Information Studies, McGill University
1983 – BA Hons in English and History, Carleton University

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Associate University Librarian (Collections), University of Ottawa Library

I am fortunate enough to be engaged with the world of information in two distinct ways - as a professional librarian who has management responsibility for the Acquisitions and Cataloguing sectors at the University of Ottawa Library, and as a cross-appointed faculty member who has taught courses in Collection Management and related areas since 2010. I greatly enjoy both these dimensions of my career. My academic and professional sides complement and inform each other. I love the blended view that this rich experience has given me.

I've been an academic librarian for almost 30 years and have seen major transformations in collection development and management, scholarly communications, and library partnerships on campus. We are reinventing everything, and it is quite an exciting time. I have participated in various consortial capacities involving the academic library community. I have been a member of the CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network) Content Strategy Committee, and I have been involved with OCUL-IR (Ontario Council of University Libraries, Information Resources Committee) for many years. I have published numerous articles on topics that fascinate me, such as the future of reading in a digital age; how we deliver and manage collections for our patrons; how we address copyright issues in our libraries; and the role of ebooks in our libraries.

Courses taught

  • Collection Management
  • The Publishing Business
  • Information Resources Management

Selected publications

Levine-Clark, M., and Horava, T. (2016) “Current Trends in Collection Development Practices and Policies.” Collection Building 35 (4): 97-102.

Horava, T., and Ward, M. (2016) “Library Consortia and Article Processing Charges: An International Survey.” Serials Review 42 (4): 280-292.

Horava, T. (2016) Making OA monographs happen: Library-Press collaboration at the University of Ottawa, Canada.” Insights 29(1): 57–63.

Horava, T.  (2015) “Some Reflections on Social Reading” Against the Grain 27 (3): 14-16.

Horava, Tony (2015) “Reading in a Digital Age: Issues and Opportunities - Part One” Against the Grain 27(1): 1-13.

Morrison, Heather; Salhab, Jihane; Calvé-Genest, Alexis and Horava, Tony  (2015) “Open access article processing charges: DOAJ survey May 2014” MDPI Publications 3(1): 1-16.

Horava, Tony (2015) “Teaching Students What We Do: A Collection Management Course”  College & Research Libraries News 76 (3): 126-130. 

Horava, Tony and Durant, David (2015) "The Future of Reading and Academic Libraries" Co-authored with David Durant.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15(1): 5-27. 

Horava, Tony (2014) "Risk Taking in Academic Libraries: The Implications of Prospect Theory" Library Leadership and Management 28 (2).

Horava, Tony (2013). "Today and in Perpetuity: A Canadian Consortial Strategy for Owning and Hosting Ebooks" The Journal of Academic Librarianship 39 (5): 423–428.

Horava, Tony and Curran, Bill, (2012) "The Importance of Case Studies for LIS Education" Library Philosophy and Practice

Horava, Tony (2012) "Direct Ordering by Subject Librarians in a Vendor System: A Case Study" Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 7(1) June 2012.

Horava, Tony (2011). "Copyright Discourse in the Academy: Values, Policies, and Technology" Academic Matters October 2011.

Horava, Tony (2011), "Ebooks and Memory: Down the Rabbit Hole?" Against the Grain 23 (3): 83-86.

Horava, Tony (2011). "Collection Management and Sustainability in the Digital Age: Chasing the Holy Grail." Against the Grain 23 (1): 22-26.

Horava, Tony (2010). "Challenges and Possibilities for Collection Management in a Digital Age." Library Resources & Technical Services 54 (3): 142-152.

Horava, Tony (2010) "Copyright communication in Canadian academic libraries: a national survey" Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 34 (1) : 1-38.

Horava, Tony (2009). "E-books Licensing and Canadian Copyright Legislation: A Few Considerations" Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 4(1)

Horava, Tony (2008). "Web pages on copyright in Canadian academic libraries" Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 3(2)

Horava, Tony & Gillies, Scott. (2008) "Developing a Model License: A Canadian Consortium's Experience" in E-journals Management and Access. Ed. Wayne Jones. Routledge: New York, 2008. pp. 91-117.

Horava, Tony (2008). "Libraries as Publishers, Publishers as Libraries: Where do we go from here?" Against the Grain 20 (3): 46-47, 50.

Horava, Tony (2008). "Navigating our days in a culture of distraction" Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 3(2)

Horava, Tony (2008). "Mission Possible: E-books and the Humanities" The Acquisitions Librarian, 19(3-4): 325-52.2006.

Horava, Tony (2008) "A Locally Hosted E-book Platform in a Consortial Environment" in Charleston Conference Proceedings 2007, Eds Tim Daniels, Beth Bernhardt, and Kim Steinle.

Horava, Tony (2007) "The Renaissance of the eBook: Transformations and Question Marks" Against the Grain, 19 (2): 1, 16

Horava, Tony (2007) "Licensing e-resources for alumni: reflections from a pilot project" College & Research Libraries News, 68 (7): 437-441.

Horava, Tony (2006). "A Concurrent Pilot Project Approach to Approval Plans" Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, 30 69-76

Horava, Tony (2005). "Access policies and licensing issues in research libraries" Collection Building, 24 (1): 9-11

Horava, Tony (2005). "A New Approach to Faculty-Librarian Collaboration: A "New Professors' Fund" for Collection Development" Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31 (5): 482-85.

Horava, Tony (1996). "Guy Vanderhaeghe: a bibliography." Essays on Canadian Writing, 58: 241-67.

Fields of Interest

  • Collection management
  • Scholarly communications
  • E-books
  • Copyright issues
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