William Curran re-appointed
The Board of Governors, on the recommendation of an evaluation committee,
has re-appointed William Curran to another five-year term as Director
of Libraries, ending May 31, 2008.
Curran became director in May 1998. Under his leadership, Concordias
library system adopted several major initiatives to make services more
accessible, including the introduction of 24-hour access in Webster Library
to provide extended service for users prior to the exams.
With IITS, the library also launched the first wireless Internet I-Book
pilot project, a first for academic libraries in Quebec. This was followed
by a laptop-borrowing service and an electronic reference service via
Major renovations were undertaken at the Webster Library, resulting in
the addition of much-needed stack and seating space for users, better
use of existing staff space and greater visibility for service points.
The installation of the first automatic check-out machines allows users
to borrow materials when the service desks are closed.
Under Currans leadership, the purchase of the Irving Layton Collection,
begun in 1978 by the former director, was completed. The first practicum
opportunity at Concordia for student librarians through McGills
Graduate School of Library & Information Studies and the École
de bibliothéconomie et sciences de linformation (EBSI) at
the Université de Montréal was established.
Congratulations and best wishes, Bill.
de Melo appointed budget analyst
Irvin Dudeck, director of the Office of Budget Planning and
Control, has announced the appointment of Denis de Melo as Budget Analyst,
effective May 13.
A graduate of Concordia University, Denis comes to us from the Fairmont
Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where he started as an Accounts Receivable Agent.
He then rose to Accounts Receivable Supervisor and most recently was Assistant
Accountant before joining the Office of Budget Planning and Control as
In his spare time, Denis managed the Queen Elizabeth hockey team as well
as organizing the YMCA hockey team. He is also an avid golfer.
The Office of Budget Planning and Control welcomes Denis to its team.
Jacques Lachance appointed
Jacques Lachance has been appointed Investigator, effective May 10. He
joins the Security Department with more than 20 years in providing security
consultation to private industry and various universities, as well as
having taught industrial security at the college level.
Most recently, he was head of security services at Haute Études
Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal and is the owner of a private security
His responsibilities at Concordia will include handling investigations
and training, and acting as the internal security consultant for all new
construction. On behalf of the Concordia community, Director of Security
Jean Brisebois welcomes Jacques and wishes him all the best with his new