William Michael CURRAN


William Michael CURRAN
Adjunct Professor, School of Information Studies

1979 – Master of Library Science, McGill University
1977 – Master of Education, University of Ottawa
1976 – Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Second Language (T.E.S.L.), Concordia University
1971 – Diploma in Education, with teaching options in Secondary English and French, McGill University
1969 – Bachelor of Arts with major in Communication, Université de Montréal

Room: DMS 11115
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 4850
Work E-mail: wcurran@uOttawa.ca

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Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

William Curran teaches in the areas of management and leadership at the University of Ottawa, as well as at EBSI (École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information) at the Université de Montréal. Prior to coming to the University of Ottawa, he was Director of Libraries at Concordia University in Montreal and prior to that, he was University Librarian at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec.

"My 30+ year career in the field has provided me with the opportunity to work in a corporate setting (Royal Bank of Canada) as librarian and corporate archivist as well as in the academic library setting. I joined McGill University Libraries as Reader Services Librarian in the Humanities & Social Sciences Area and Branch Services Librarian before becoming University Librarian at Bishop's University. Between 1981 and 1994, I was a part-time faculty member in McGill's Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, where I taught courses in Business Information. The opportunity to work in the corporate world, followed by my time in the academic milieu, has been a tremendous learning experience of which few librarians of my cohort availed themselves. I consider myself to have been very lucky. All the while, I was either teaching courses or guest lecturing extensively in the McGill, Université de Montreal and University of Toronto programs. Although I greatly enjoyed my time as an academic administrator, teaching has been the most rewarding of all undertakings. I'm a very strong believer in the pedagogical mission of the academic library and a firm believer that, as professionals, we must be prepared to manage our environments. The better prepared library and information studies graduates are to embrace management functions, the more secure information professionals will be about the future."

Courses taught

  • ISI5104 Human Aspects of Information Systems
  • ISI6144 Human Resource Management
  • ISI6100 Special Topics: Leadership & Project Management

Fields of Interest

  • Administration and management
  • Personnel
  • Funding
  • Strategic planning, marketing, lobbying
  • Evaluation of service
  • Academic libraries
  • Special and corporate libraries
  • LIS as a profession
  • LIS education and programs
  • LIS faculty, students
  • Pedagogy in LIS
  • Distance education in LIS
  • Continuing education in LIS
  • Information literacy and instruction
  • Buildings/Facilities
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