Staff Earn Accolades

April 16, 2009 - News Release

Catherine Steeves, associate chief librarian at the University of Guelph's McLaughlin Library, has been named a 2009/2010 Research Library Leadership Fellow. She is among 21 people from across North America to earn the honour from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

This two-year executive management program identifies library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership, and exposes them to themes and institutions that will enhance their preparedness.

As a fellow, Steeves will take part in site visits, discussions and leadership coaching sessions that are designed to help shape libraries and librarianship at the national and international levels. Topics include library roles in higher education, leadership styles and the broad issues affecting research libraries.

“The ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows program brings together a select group of outstanding emerging leaders in the field,” says Mike Ridley, U of G’s chief librarian and chief information officer. “Catherine’s participation in this program acknowledges both her significant accomplishments and her future potential. This experience will allow her to grow as a leader and to contribute even more substantively to U of G’s library and to the research library field as a whole.”

ARL’s membership includes more than a dozen Canadian universities, as well as Yale, Texas A&M, Harvard, Rutgers, Princeton, Purdue, Notre Dame and the Library of Congress.

Joanne Shoveller, U of G's vice-president (alumni affairs and development), has been named to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Philanthropy.

She was selected for the prestigious posting from a pool of international nominees. She will be the sole Canadian on the commission, serving a three-year term. The commission comprises 18 senior development professionals from around the world.

"This is wonderful and well-deserved recognition for Joanne," says U of G president Alastair Summerlee. "It reflects the quality of her leadership, both with our alumni affairs and development team and among her peers, and her reputation for excellence in philanthropic fundraising."

CASE is one of the largest non-profit education associations in the world. Its membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries.

The CASE Commission on Philanthropy frames and directs research to examine and evaluate professional practices, and creates and monitors programs and services in development. It also ensures that practices reflect current knowledge, emerging issues and trends and the highest ethical and professional standards.

At U of G, Shoveller heads a team of 45 staff who are responsible for U of G’s institutional advancement, including all fundraising activities and alumni relations.

For media questions, contact University of Guelph Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338,; or Barry Gunn, Ext. 56982,

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