Colloquium Series Winter 2018 – Dr. Susan Parker

Beyond Borges: Telling Tales of Future Libraries

In the post-print information era, how do libraries manage scholarly information? Academic libraries have developed alongside technology, but technology is now changing the structures of information creation, dissemination, retrieval, and preservation.  The use of technology in and by libraries, and by the scholars whom they serve, has raised new questions for librarians about their work and its place within the academy.

This presentation explores how forces and critical issues that are now shaping academic libraries are deepening their engagement with scholars and helping to build platforms and relationships that expand the pathways of creation, discovery, learning, and dialogue. We will consider several of these phenomena and how they may contribute to expanded roles for libraries and a new era of library work.


Susan E. Parker was appointed University Librarian at the University of British Columbia starting on September 1, 2017. She was previously the Deputy University Librarian at UCLA from 2005 until mid-2017, where she had a broad administrative and operations portfolio that included budget and fiscal planning, space planning and renovation, assessment, programming, and various user services. From 2015-2017, she served as interim Director of Library Special Collections. She was Associate Dean of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge from 1997-2005.

Parker is known as a speaker and author of numerous publications on library leadership and disaster planning in libraries. Her ALA, LAMA, and ACRL service extends over more than 30 years. She earned a B.A. in History and English from Earlham College, an M.A. in U.S. history from Indiana University, a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Capella University, and the M.L.S. from Queens College, City University of New York. Parker was a member of the 2003 class of UCLA Senior Fellows and a member of the 2013-15 cohort of ARL Leadership Fellows.