For Tony White, the library is a point of confluence, community and inspiration. As OCAD U’s new University Librarian, White plans to position the library – its staff, services, collections, spaces and programming – as an active campus partner, integrating fully into the fabric of and networks among the University communities.
“I have a passion for connecting the liberal arts, studio arts, and design practices to research and scholarship,” says White who joins the University as of September 28, 2020. “My overarching goal as University Librarian will be to work on broadening and strengthening the library’s services, collections, and spaces in support of the Academic Plan’s priorities and goals.”
Reporting to Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic & Provost, White will be responsible for the delivery of a modern and effective library system that meets both institutional needs and the individual requirements of students, faculty, staff, researchers and members of the local and wider communities.
“Tony brings considerable professional library services leadership and operational experience to the role of University Librarian and I look forward to welcoming him to OCAD U,” says Langill. “He brings to OCAD U, extensive library management experience within the museum and post-secondary environment.”
About Tony White
White joins OCAD U from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as Florence and Herbert Irving Associate Chief Librarian. He has held leadership roles as Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Head of the Fine Arts Library and Director, Specialization in Art Librarianship at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he led innovation in library services, collaborative partnerships, resource sharing and fund raising initiatives for the promotion of excellence in library collections and services.
White holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Library Science (MLSc) from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Science (MSc) program at Columbia University.