December 5, 1997

Chanasyk appointed to degree committee

Dr. David Chanasyk, of the Department of Renewable Resources, has been appointed the University of Alberta representative on the Applied Degree Evaluation Advisory Committee by Clint Dunford, Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development.

The 13-member committee will make recommendations on the effectiveness of the new applied degrees as an ongoing credential within Alberta's post-secondary education system. Applied degress are offered by the public colleges and technical institutes and are designed to respond to the career preparation needs of Albertans in a changing economy. Programs are offered in areas where there is a demonstrated labor market demand for programming that is more extensive than that offered in existing two-year diploma programs. Applied degree programs are significantly different in structure and intent from most university degrees.

To date eight demonstration programs in seven institutions have received ministerial approval. The evaluation period will run for the six-year period from 1995/96 to the year 2000/01 to allow followup with graduates, employers, faculty and other stakeholders.

Anyone with questions on the process or wishing to provide input should contact Dr. Chanasyk.

Adams named director of library services

Karen Adams has been named director of Library and Information Services at the U of A effective January 1998. As the chief operating officer of Canada's second largest library system, Adams will be responsible for overall management and direction of internal library operations, planning, and policy, will provide leadership to the library's administrative team, and will report directly to the associate vice-president (learning systems).

Adams is a graduate of the Universities of Manitoba and Western Ontario. She served as director of public library services in Manitoba and as provincial librarian of Saskatchewan. Since 1991, she has served as executive director of the Canadian Library Association, headquartered in Ottawa.

Adams has also has served on numerous national boards and committees and helped found such organizations as the Cultural Human Resources Council, the Alliance of Libraries, Archives and Records Management, and LibraryNet, an Industry Canada initiative to connect all libraries to the Internet by the year 2000. She is recognized as one of Canada's leading authorities on copyright legislations as it affects libraries and library services.

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