Pascal Calarco

Pascal Calarco

Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services at University of Waterloo

Location
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Kitchener, Canada Area)
Industry
Libraries

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Pascal Calarco's Summary

Academic library leader with seventeen years experience envisioning, implementing, managing technology in academic research libraries.

Specialties

Leadership & management: strategic planning, new program development, enterprise collaborative ventures
Areas: integrated library systems, digital asset management, digital imaging, technology project management, systems integration, medical informatics, metadata
Operating systems: Linux (desktop and server), Windows XP
Programming: XML, SQL (Oracle, MySQL), MARC21, perl
Applications: Ex Libris Aleph, Primo, DigiTool, MetaLib, SFX, Verde; Drupal; Fedora Commons

Pascal Calarco's Experience

Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services

University of Waterloo

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 2011Present (3 years 3 months) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Pascal provides executive leadership for a wide range of technology and metadata initiatives and services at the University of Waterloo Library. Current efforts include open access scholarly communication, digital repositories, digital preservation, metadata operations, and web content management.

Head, Library Information Systems & Librarian

University of Notre Dame

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 2004June 2011 (7 years) Notre Dame, IN, USA

Pascal led a team of 10 professionals providing enterprise computing systems and services for a consortium of five academic libraries around South Bend, IN, USA and hosted at the University of Notre Dame. Services include Integrated Library Systems, resource discovery, metasearch, citation linking, digital asset management and digital library programming, application and project development, and server and database administration, amongst others.

Head, Library Information Systems, VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 2000June 2004 (3 years 10 months) Richmond, VA USA

Led team of 8 FTE information technology professionals providing enterprise systems, web services, and desktop networking and support.

Advanced Technologies Librarian, VCU Libraries

Virginia Commonwealth University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 1997September 2000 (3 years 1 month) Richmond, VA USA

Shared between the health sciences campus and main campus, I worked on a variety of digital library projects and applications using IBM Digital Library, ContentDM and others.

IAIMS Assistant, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Yale University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

May 1995September 1997 (2 years 5 months) New Haven, CT USA

Assisted with various health informatics projects and applications at the Medical Library and Yale Medical Informatics Center. Also learned perl CGI and created the initial web services forms used throughout the Yale Libraries for book renewals, holds, requests for purchase.

Pascal Calarco's Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ARL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2015

    Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
    • September 2013

    The ARL Leadership Fellows program—known as the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program from 2004 through 2012—is an executive leadership program designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries that offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. The program engages library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership at ARL libraries with themes and institutions that will enhance their preparedness.

  • ASIS&T Chapter Innovation Award

    American Society for Information Science & Technology
    • October 2007

    The Chapter Innovation of the Year Award goes to two chapters, Indiana and Los Angeles.

    The Indiana Chapter has been making innovative use of videoconferencing technologies since 2004 for a variety of chapter functions and programs. The technology has allowed the chapter to overcome geographic distances and a dispersed membership to engage and reach out to ASIS&T members throughout the state. The Los Angeles Chapter has converted their newsletter, OASIS: Observations of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, to a wiki format. The wiki format has encouraged greater participation in the newsletter, and the collaborative nature of the wiki format means that any author can edit the site at any time, rather than relying on a single gatekeeper or adherence to a strict publication schedule.

    The two innovations not only received identical scores, but also similar comments from the judges. The judges felt that both chapters have been able to effectively use existing technologies to overcome challenges and enhance services to their membership. The innovations also show both chapters' strong commitment to reaching out to their membership in order to get more individuals actively involved. These successful projects will no doubt serve as models for other chapters, special interest groups, and committees within ASIS&T.

    I was Chapter Chair during the year that this award was made, and worked on this project over several events.

  • ASIS&T Chapter Event of the Year Award

    American Society for Information Science & Technology
    • October 2005

    I led development for the Chapter Event of the Year, hosted at the University of Notre Dame -- “To Google or not to Google”, ASIST Tri-Chapter Meeting, June 17, 2005)

  • Ida and George Eliot Prize

    Medical Library Association
    • May 2006

    Contributing Author, 2006 Ida and George Eliot Prize, Medical Library Association for Reference Services Review special issue on "Emerging Roles of Health Sciences Librarians"

  • A Comparative Analysis of Systems Librarianship Education in China and the United States

    Byrne Fund, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame
    • March 2010

    Writer and Principal Investigator, Byrne Fund, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.$5,400

  • Cultivating advanced mobile literacy skills (CAMLS)

    Byrne Fund, Hesburgh Libraries of University of Notre Dame
    • March 2010

    Co-Principal Investigator, Byrne Fund, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame. With Michelle Hudson and Sherri Jones. $3,500.

  • Partner Library Lead, eXtensible Catalog, Phase 2

    Andrew W. Mellon
    • October 2007

    Lead Principal Investigators: David Lindahl, Jennifer Bowen, Nancy Fried Foster, University of Rochester. $749,000. Total project with partner contributions: $2.8 million.

  • High-performance connection for Virginia Commonwealth University

    National Science Foundation
    • November 1999

    Contributing Writer, "High-performance connection for Virginia Commonwealth University"
    National Science Foundation, Connections to the Internet (NSF98-102) Lead Principal Investigator, Phyllis Self, Ph.D.$350,000

  • EASL: Extending asynchronous and synchronous learning in Virginia

    Bell Atlantic, Virginia distance learning grants
    • December 1998

    Contributing Writer, "EASL: Extending asynchronous and synchronous learning in Virginia." Bell Atlantic, Virginia distance learning grants.Principal Investigator: John Dayhoff $100,000.

  • The Greater New Haven Public Health Database

    National Library of Medicine, Information Systems grant.
    • November 1997

    Principal Writer, “The Greater New Haven Public Health Database” National Library of Medicine, Information Systems Grant.Principal Investigator: Nancy K. Roderer$190,000

Pascal Calarco's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Italian

    (Elementary proficiency)

Pascal Calarco's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Committee member, Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee, 2012-2015

      National Information Standards Organization
      • Science and Technology
      May 2012 present (2 years 5 months)
    • Volunteer programmer

      CFRU FM
      • Arts and Culture
      October 2011 present (3 years)

      I am a weekly radio programmer for Jazz Traditions, a weekly music program exploring jazz from the 1930s-1980s, with occasional lapses into present day artists, for campus and community radio station CFRU FM at the University of Guelph, Canada.

    • Fedora Weekly News Editor; Ambassador

      Fedora Project
      • Science and Technology
      May 2008 January 2012 (3 years 9 months)

      I volunteered for the Fedora Linux project, including editorial team for Fedora Weekly News, serving as a Fedora Ambassador for Indiana, co-managing the Fedora LinkedIn group, and others.

    • Volunteer programmer

      WSND FM
      • Arts and Culture
      September 2005 July 2011 (5 years 11 months)

      Volunteer broadcaster for a variety of shows including a weekly new releases show, a weekly jazz program, and classical music as well, at WSND FM, the campus radio station of the University of Notre Dame.

    • Volunteer programmer

      CHRW FM Radio Western
      • Arts and Culture
      September 1987 May 1991 (3 years 9 months)

      Volunteer radio programmer for campus radio station CHRW FM at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), in London, Canada.

    • Volunteer programmer

      CKMS FM
      • Arts and Culture
      1987 1993 (6 years)

      A variety of shows at campus radio station CKMS FM at the University of Waterloo, starting in high school and through summers while I did my undergraduate degree and after that until I left for graduate school. I was also a member of the Board of Directors of Radio Waterloo, Inc. 1991-1993.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Education
      • Human Rights
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
      • Habitat for Humanity International
      • Autism Speaks
      • Plan International
      • CFRU FM

Pascal Calarco's Skills & Expertise

  1. Project management
  2. Change management
  3. Digital Asset Management
  4. Digital Strategy
  5. Library Management
  6. Library information systems
  7. Metadata Standards
  8. Metadata Management
  9. Library Automation
  10. Organizational Leadership
  11. Personnel Development
  12. Mentoring
  13. Library Science
  14. Library
  15. Metadata
  16. Drupal
  17. Project Management
  18. Strategic Planning
  19. Human Resources
  20. Change Management
  21. Digitization
  22. Cataloging
  23. XML
  24. Higher Education
  25. Research
  26. Digital Libraries
  27. Web 2.0
  28. Academic Libraries
  29. Grant Writing
  30. Digital Preservation
  31. Personal Development
  32. Library Instruction
  33. Information Literacy
  34. Electronic Resources
  35. Integrated Library Systems
  36. Books
  37. Collection Development
  38. Library Reference
  39. Information Retrieval
  40. Archives
  41. MARC21
  42. Special Collections
  43. Library 2.0
  44. Knowledge Management
  45. Information Management
  46. History
  47. Virtual Reference
  48. Open Access
  49. Online Research
  50. Wikis

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Pascal Calarco's Education

McGill University

MLIS, Library & Information Studies

19931995

Activities and Societies: Editor, studemt newsletter; List manager, GSLIS student discussion list; Student representative, Senate Committee on Computing

The University of Western Ontario - King's University College

Hon. BA, Political Science

19871991

Activities and Societies: Volunteer programmer CHRW FM Radio Western September 1987 – May 1991 (3 years 9 months)Arts and Culture Volunteer radio programmer for campus radio station CHRW FM at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), in London, Canada.

Pascal Calarco's Additional Information

Interests:

library information systems, digital asset management in libraries, metadata standards, digitization and imaging, 'next generation' library systems and services, medical informatics, project management in libraries My family, campus radio volunteering, bicycling, music, travel

Groups and Associations:

Library Information Technology Association, Coalition for Networked Information, American Library Association, Ex Libris Users of North America, International Group of Ex Libris Users, eXtensible Catalog project, University of Notre Dame mini-symposium, Fedora Ambassadors, NLM Medical Informatics Short Course, IndyBarCamp2008,

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