The Library is pleased to introduce Pascal Calarco as the Library’s new Associate University Librarian, Digital & Discovery Services. Pascal comes to the Library with significant experience in academic libraries. Most recently, he was the Head of Library Information Systems at the University Libraries of Notre Dame. Before this, he held a variety of other positions including the Head of Library Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Pascal is an advocate of a user-focused approach to providing solutions for library users. “Faculty and students are so busy these days,” he says. “We need to respond by providing them with access to research materials wherever they happen to be.”
As the Library’s new AUL for Digital & Discovery Services, Pascal will provide strategic leadership for the Library’s digital and discovery services, including providing direction for the Library’s Systems Department and mobile, website redesign, and digital preservation initiatives. He will also serve on the Library Executive to direct the Library’s strategic planning, budget, collections, and policy development and will represent the Library in various provincial and national consortia.
Pascal received his Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at McGill University, has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Western Ontario, and as well took courses in Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts in the early 90’s.
He has over sixteen years of experience working as a librarian, during which time he has witnessed, and been a part of, some of the field's most significant technological advancements. The most notable of these was the move toward providing electronic access to research materials. One of Pascal's first positions was at the Yale University Medical Library where he helped to provide hospital staff with access to medical research literature “on the hospital floor” for the first time ever.
In his spare time, Pascal enjoys spending time with his family, campus radio, and listening to a wide variety of music. He also enjoys researching his family’s history. So far he has successfully traced the Calarco family line back to 1795 – a feat that required him to learn some Italian in the process.
A warm welcome to Pascal!