Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

Under academic policy, A13.05, Dilson Rassier, provost and vice-president academic, is forming a search committee to appoint a new dean of libraries and university librarian.

The postition description and candidate profile is available here.

Search Committee

Provost or Designate Chair Jane Pulkingham, Senior Advisor, Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic
Deans (2) Selected by Deans Julia Denholm, Life Long Learning
Naomi Krogman, FENV
Faculty Members (4) Elected jointly by and from the faculty of the University, except that a faculty cannot have more than one faculty representative Juan Pablo Alperin, FCAT
Elizabeth Marshall, EDUC
Melek Ortabasi, FASS
Vance Williams, FSCI
Graduate Student (1) Selected by GSS Massi Khaleghi
Undergraduate Student (1) Selected by SFSS Priyanka Dhesa
Librarians (2) Elected by the Librarians (at least one shall be a Department Head or Associate University Librarian) Leanna Jantzi
Ashley Edwards
Support Staff (1) Elected by the support staff of the Library Dawn Smaill
Up to Two Additional Persons Selected by the Provost and Vice-President Academic to ensure appropriate gender or disciplinary representation. Paul Hebbard, University Archivist and Coordinator of Information and Privacy
Mar González Palacios, Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Content Strategy
Search Support   Rose Evans, Office of the Provost and VP Academic

Search Committee Timeline

Meeting Date Time
Meeting 1 Monday, February 26, 2024 1:30-3:00 PM
Open Forum Thursday, February 29, 2024  1:30-2:30 PM
Meeting 2 Thursday, March 7, 2024 1:30-3:30 PM
Meeting 3 Monday, April 22, 2024 8:30-10:30 AM
Meeting 4 Thursday, May 16, 2024 1:30-4:30 PM
First Round Interviews Thursday, May 30, 2024 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Meeting 5 Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:30-3:30 PM
Final Interviews, Candidate Open Forums  Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:00-4:30 PM
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 1:00-4:30 PM
Thursday, June 20, 2024 1:00-4:30 PM
Meeting 6 Thursday, July, 11, 2024 9:00-11:30 AM

Most meetings will be held by Zoom, except for Meeting 1 and 4 (hybrid), and Meeting 6 and the Final Interviews (in-person at the Burnaby campus).

Open Forums

Candidate information and Open Forum links can be found here.


Search Consultants:

A copy of the advertisement for this position, including the link to apply is available here. For more information on this opportunity, please contact SFU’s search consultant, Angela Licata of Perrett Laver at

Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic:

Dean of Libraries Collection Notice

Perrett Laver, on behalf of SFU’s Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, collects personal information under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996, c.165), and SFU Policy A13.05: Search Committees for Deans. The personal information collected includes:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address
  • Your CV, which may include:
    • Contact details
    • Residential address
    • Educational history
    • Employment history
    • Occupational skills

It is related directly to and needed by Perrett Laver and the University to help inform the confidential search committee process for this position. It will be used by Perrett Laver and the University to:

  • Contact applicants
  • Contact references, supplied by applicants
  • Assess consideration for future employment opportunities
  • Evaluate applicants’ qualifications to make hiring decisions, and
  • If the Applicant is successful, include the information in their employment file.

The information may be disclosed to Perrett Laver employees located in foreign jurisdictions. Under a lawful order made in that jurisdiction your personal information may be available to the government of a foreign jurisdiction or its agencies. Therefore, Canadian privacy law protections may not apply.

If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic at: