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Curriculum vitae – Dr. Dale Askey

ORCID 0000-0002-7580-9854
Dale Askey portrait


University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta: 2018-
Vice-Provost (Library & Museums) and Chief Librarian

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario: 2011-2018
Associate University Librarian, Library and Learning Technologies and
Administrative Director, Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas: 2005-2011
Content Development and Electronic Publishing Librarian, 2010-
Web Development Librarian & Head, Integrated Access Group, 2005-2009
Founder, New Prairie Press

Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur, Leipzig, Germany: 2009-2010
Vertretungsprofessur, Electronic Publishing und Multimedia; Visiting professor, electronic publishing and multimedia

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut: 2002-2005
Librarian for Germanic Languages and Literatures, Sterling Memorial Library

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1999-2002
Reference and Web Services Librarian, Marriott Library

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri: 1995-1998
Web Designer and User Analyst, Department of Pediatrics (1997-1998)
Technical Assistant, West Campus Library (1995-1997)

Prior to 1995
Various jobs: backcountry cook, ski retail manager, bike mechanic, US Naval Reserve corpsman (medic), waiter, etc.


  • Humboldt University, Berlin. PhD in Library and Information Science.
  • University of Missouri-Columbia. MA in Library Science.
  • Washington University in St. Louis. MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Piper Fellow.
  • University of Bremen, Germany . Fulbright Student Grant.
  • The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. BA in German, Magna Cum Laude.

Honors and Awards

Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award, Canadian Library Association. 2014

Brice G. Hobrock Distinguished Faculty Award, K-State Libraries. 2008

ACRL/WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant “Documenting a Vanishing Culture: German-language Literature from Czechoslovakia, 1945-1990.”  2006

DAAD Grant to the Federal Republic of Germany. Sole grant recipient—of thousands overall—in the field of library and information science. Received grant to compile bibliography of German-language literature from Eastern Europe after 1945 using resources in Berlin and Prague. 1998-1999

Piper Fellow in German, Washington University. 1993-1994

Fulbright Grant to the Federal Republic of Germany. 1990-1991

Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado College. 1989


“Zweisprachigkeit, quirlige Einwandererszene und der verdrängte Umgang mit den Ureinwohnern. Ein Rundgang durch die Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken des diesjährigen Buchmess-Gastlandes Kanada“. (Bilingualism, a Lively Immigration Scene, and Difficult Relationships with Indigenous Peoples.) BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information. 73.10 (2021): 544-550

A Progressive Approach to Reducing Barriers to Resource Sharing: A Canadian Example.Proceedings of the 16th IFLA ILDS Conference: Beyond the Paywall – Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem. (2019): 9-16. (with CJ de Jong and Denise Koufogiannakis)

Writing Poems for the Paper: Documenting the Cultural Life of the German Minority in Czechoslovakia after 1945. Dissertation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 2018

One Library, Two Cultures.” Chapter in: Lew, Shirley and Baharak Yousefi, eds. Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2017. (with Jennifer Askey)

Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle: Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture.” Ithaka S+R Issue Brief, 2017. (with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Translator: Plassmann, et al. Libraries and the Information Society in Germany : An Introduction. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014. (with Jennifer Askey)

Heeding the Signals: Applying Web Best Practices When Google Recommends.Journal of Library Administration. 55.1 (2014): 49-59. (with Kenning Arlitsch)

Solicited review: Chambers, Sally, ed. Catalogue 2.0: The Future of the Library Catalogue. London: Facet, 2013. in BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information. 66.7-8 (2014): 566-567.

Solicited review: Lankes, R. David. The Atlas of New Librarianship. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011. in portal: Libraries and the Academy. 11.4 (2011): 1007-1008.

“Higher Education and Information Science in Germany and the United States – A Comparison.” Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis. 61.3 (2010): 202-207.

E-books: The Eternal Next Big Thing.Information Standards Quarterly. 22.1 (2010): 29-32.

Keine Zeit fürs Nachdenken. Erfahrungen eines US-amerikanischen Dozenten an der HTWK Leipzig“. BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information. 62.3 (2010): 242-244.

Je länger geöffnet, desto besser. Ein Blick auf die Öffnungszeiten in US-amerikanischen Bibliotheken“. BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information. 61.1 (2009): 47-50.

We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can’t Have Our Code.The Code4Lib Journal. 5 (2008).

“‘Weltoffene Atmosphäre, qualitätvolle Vorträge und viele neue Ideen’: Was ausländische Gäste am Deutschen Bibliothekartag schätzen“. BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information. 60.7-8 (2008): 568-569. (with Suzanne Rousselot and Gillian Hallam)

Review (author’s OA version): Gibbons, Susan. The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections. Chicago: ALA, 2007. in portal: Libraries and the Academy. 8.2 (2008): 211-212.

Solicited review (author’s OA version): Miller, William, and Rita M. Pellen, eds. Libraries and Google, New York: Haworth, 2005. in portal: Libraries and the Academy. 7.3 (2007): 393-394.

Solicited review: Hauke, Petra, ed. Bibliothekswissenschaft – quo vadis? Eine Disziplin zwischen Traditionen und Visionen: Programme – Modelle – Forschungsaufgaben, Library Science – quo vadis? A Discipline between Challenges and Opportunities: Programs – Models – Research Assignments. Munich: Saur, 2005. in IFLA SET Bulletin. 7.2 (2006): 25-27.

German and American Librarians to Meet in Dresden.” Global Resources 5 (2005): 5-6. (with Michael Seadle)

“Bibliothekstourismus zwischen Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten.” In: Bibliothek, Leben (Festschrift for Engelbert Plassmann). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005.

“‘Fühlte mich als Bittsteller’: Die Dienstleistungsmentalität in deutschen und in amerikanischen Bibliotheken.” BuB: Forum für Bibliothek und Information 55.9 (2003): 576-581.

“Back to Europe: ACRL at the 53rd Frankfurt Book Fair.” College and Research Libraries News 63.3 (2002): 204-206, 220. (with Thea Lindquist)

Academics Abroad: Conducting Scholarly Research in German Libraries.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 1.4 (2001): 445-453.

“Prager Volkszeitung als Studienobjekt. US-Germanist auf den Spuren deutschsprachiger Literatur in der Tschechoslowakei nach 1945.” Prager Volkszeitung. May 11, 2001. 4.

Review: Brussig, Thomas. Helden wie wir. Berlin: Volk und Welt, 1995. in GDR Bulletin 24 (1997): 91.

Translator: Pazarkaya, Yüksel. “The Meaning of Four Books: On the Variability of Culture.” World Literature Today 69.3 (1995): 505-511.

Selected Presentations

“What Works: High-Tech Work in Physical and Virtual Spaces.” Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Membership Meeting. Virtual. December 7, 2021. (with Joan Lippincott, Salwa Ismail, and Parke Rhoads)

“Building an Affordable Geographically Distributed Storage Array: An Example from Canada.” ILIDE 2017. Jasná, Slovakia, April 4, 2017.

“DIY and Collaboration, Canadian Style: Building a Geographically Distributed Storage Array for Ontario and Beyond.” PASIG NYC. New York, NY, October 26, 2016.

“The Ontario Library Research Cloud: From Idea to Infrastructure in Three Easy Years.” Open Repositories 2016. Dublin, Ireland, June 15, 2016. (with Nick Ruest)

“The Ontario Library Research Cloud: Future Considerations and Cost Models.” PASIG 2016. Prague, Czech Republic, March 10, 2016.

“From Invasive to Integrated: Information Technology and Library Leadership, Structure, and Culture.” Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Membership Meeting. San Antonio, Texas, April 4, 2016. (with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe)

On Building An Ontario Library Research Cloud For Shared And Distributed Digital Curation.” Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Membership Meeting. Seattle, Washington, April 14, 2015. (with Sian Meikle and Michael Vandenburg)

Perspectives on Supporting and Administering Maker Culture and Programs in Libraries.” Panel with Tara Radniecki, Jason Griffey, and Michael Holt. Digital Library Federation Forum. Atlanta, Georgia, October 29, 2014.

“It Really Could Happen to You: Libel Litigation, Academic Freedom, and the Library Profession.” Keynote. Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Conference. St. Catherines, Ontario, May 26, 2014.

“When the trolls come knocking …” (on academic freedom). Invited talk. Texas Library Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas, April 9, 2014.

“Academic library culture, micro-aggressions, and silencing.” Panel with Chris Bourg and Jenn Riley. Taiga Forum 9. Austin, Texas. November 7, 2013.

Culture Clash: IT Experimentation, Innovation, and Failure in Libraries.” Panel with Mark Jordan, Catherine Steeves, and MJ Suhonos. Access Conference. St. John’s, Newfoundland. September 24, 2013.

Making the Right (Small) Decisions: Building a Scalable, Sustainable, and Editor-friendly Journal Imprint.” PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2011. Berlin, Germany. September 27, 2011.

Children’s and Youth Publishing in the United States.” European Youth Publishing seminar. Florence, Italy. May 18, 2010.

Dienstleistungen im digitalen Zeitalter. Dort sein, wo die Nutzer sind“. Continuing education seminar at the University of Leipzig library. Leipzig, Germany. May 4, 2010.

Nicht zu groß, nicht zu klein. Das Problem, die passende Größe zu finden“. Keynote address at the 13th annual Verbundkonferenz des GBV, Hamburg, Germany. September 9, 2009.

“Trying New Routes: Going Past Print and Choosing Google.” Sixth Annual K-State Teaching Retreat, Manhattan, Kansas. January 13, 2009.

We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can’t Have Our Code.” David Binkley Lecture. Access 2008, Hamilton, Ontario. October 2, 2008.

“Informationsökologien: die Kluft zwischen Wissenschaftlern und Bibliotheksbeständen.” (Information Ecologies: The Gap Between Researchers and Library Collections). Berlin/Leipzig/Stuttgart. May 2008.

Fast, Cheap, and Easy: DIY Library 2.0 Services.” Kansas Library Association Conference, Wichita, Kansas. April 9, 2008. (with Jamene Brooks-Kieffer)

Link Resolvers Create Pathways: Simplifying the User Experience.” KLA-CULS Fall Conference, Wichita, Kansas. October 18, 2007. (with Jamene Brooks-Kieffer)

Moving Beyond the MLA & Deviant Modes of Scholarly Communication.” Women in German Conference, Snowbird, UT. October 21, 2006.

“Open Access zu wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen” (Open Access to Scientific Research) Presentation and panel member, Amerika Haus Berlin, Germany. March 22, 2005.

Die Metasuchsysteme MetaLib und ENCompass im Vergleich: liefern sie alles, was sie versprechen?” (The Federated Search Systems MetaLib and ENCompass Compared: Do They Deliver What They Promise?) 94th Deutscher Bibliothekartag (Germany’s ALA-type meeting), Düsseldorf, Germany. March 18, 2005.

“Wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken in den USA.” (Academic Libraries in the USA). University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. November 10, 2004.

“Die Dienstleistungsmentalität in deutschen und in amerikanischen Bibliotheken.” (The Service Mentality in German and American Libraries). University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany. October 15, 2002.

Courses taught

McMaster University

  • HUMAN 2DH3 – Introduction to the Digital Humanities – undergraduate course co-taught with Sherman Centre and Library staff
  • 3IE1 Electronics for the Rest of Us, parts one and two – Arduino programming and physical computing for honours engineering and arts/science students

University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig

  • Library Science program
    • Communication and Project Direction and Development – graduate course
    • Electronic Publishing
    • Media Design – video production and editing
  • Publishing programs
    • Business Models for Electronic Publishing
    • Electronic Publishing
    • Product Development and Design for Online Publishing
    • Specialized IT for the Book and Media Market
  • Museum Studies program
    • Self-Management – project and time management skills

Leadership Development

Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow, 2018-2019
UCLA Senior Fellows Program
, 2016
Certificate in Advanced Leadership & Management
, McMaster University, 2012-2013
Fellow, Frye Leadership Institute, 2012

Project Management and Consulting

McMaster Experts – VIVO/Elements research information platform, project lead. 2016-2018
Digital scholarship centre implementation,
Montana State University, consultant. 2013
VuFind implementation,
project manager. 2011-2012
GDR Bulletin digitization, project manager. 2010-2011
New Prairie Press, founder and publisher. 2008-2011
Sophie Project, member, advisory board. 2006-
German collections, Lewis and Clark College, consultant. 2007
SFX implementation, K-State Libraries, project manager. 2006
Google search appliance for campuswide search, K-State Libraries, project manager. 2006
MetaLib implementation, Yale University Libraries, team member. 2003-2005
German collections, Colgate University, consultant. 2003-2004
Ask!live online reference desk service, Yale University Libraries, implementation consultant. 2002
Online Reference Desk, University of Utah Library, project manager. 2001-2002

Committees / Service (select)

Center for Research Libraries – board member, 2020-

Canadian Research Knowledge Network – board member, 2020-

Ontario Council of University Libraries

  • Ontario Library Research Cloud steering committee, 2013-, chair 2014-2016
    • Built a 1.25PB research cloud for Ontario libraries.
    • Founding member of project.

Taiga Forum (professional organization for AULs/ADs) – Steering committee member, 2012-2017

New Media Consortium – Member, expert panel for NMC Horizon Report, Library Edition, 2014-2015

centerNet – International Executive Council member, 2013-2015

BuB. Forum für Bibliothek und Information (Germany’s largest-circulation library journal) – Member, editorial board. 2005-

German North American Resources Partnership – 1999-2009. Vice Chair, 2006-2009; Steering committee, 2005-2009; Digital Libraries Working Group, 2005-2009; Document Delivery Working Group, 2000-2005

McMaster University

  • Library Leadership Group, 2011-2018
  • Technology Roundtable (campus IT managers), 2011-2018, chair, 2012-2013

Kansas State University

  • Library Interfaces Team, chair, 2005-2009
  • Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 2005-2006

Yale University

  • Integrated Access Council, 2004-2005
  • Collection Identification Working Group, 2004-2005
  • Public Interfaces Committee, 2002-2005
  • Committee for Digital General Resources, 2002-2004

University of Utah

  • Systems Advisory Committee, 2001-2002
  • Usability Working Group, chair, 2001-2002
  • New Ideas Forum, organizer, 2000-2002

Technical Skills

Expert computer user across myriad hardware and software platforms. 3D printing expert.

Professional Organizations

  • Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, 2014-2018
  • Ontario Library Association, 2013-2015
  • American Library Association, 1996-2008
  • Association of College & Research Libraries, 1998-2008; Member, Western European Studies Section. Frankfurt 2006 Committee, chair, 2006; Recruitment Committee, 2004-2006; Conference Planning Committee, 2003-2004

Foreign Languages

Speak and write German fluently; reading knowledge of French, Dutch; basic knowledge of Czech, Slovak, Russian, and Japanese.

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