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Larry P. Alford

Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries

Larry P. Alford

Photo credit: Joseph Labolito, Temple University Photographer

Larry P. Alford is Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, a position he assumed in August 2011. The University of Toronto Library System is the largest research library in Canada and ranks third among North American university research libraries. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the University of Toronto Press. Prior to joining the University of Toronto he was Dean of University Libraries at Temple University where he was also responsible for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year.

Prior to joining the Temple Libraries in February 2005, he worked in a variety of positions in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a 30 year period including serving as Deputy University Librarian and Interim University Librarian. He has extensive experience in library budgeting and management, collection development, licensing, scholarly communication, digitization, technology implementation, facilities planning, and program planning.

Larry has also had extensive involvement in a variety of library cooperative activities. From 1992 through 1996, he served as a member of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) Board of Directors and as Chair of the SOLINET Board in 1995. He was an elected SOLINET representative to the OCLC Members Council. He served as president of the Members Council in 2000-01. In May 2002, the Members Council elected him to a six-year term on the OCLC Board of Trustees. In November 2007 he was elected to chair the OCLC Board of Trustees. In 2008 and again in 2010, he was elected to a Board appointed term as a trustee. He continues to serve as Board chair. He has also served as chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee at the Library of Congress. He was the NC LIVE resources co-negotiator for six years. NC LIVE provides electronic information resources to public and private universities, to community colleges, and to public libraries throughout North Carolina.

Larry is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and has served as chair of the ALA Directors of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group. From 2004 -2006 he served as chair of the Collection Management and Development Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. He served a four year term ending in December 2009 as an elected member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Steering Committee. He has served as a member of the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Working Group and currently serves on the ARL Committee on Statistics. From 2005 ? 2011 he served as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation in Philadelphia, PA

He has spoken extensively on a variety of library topics. Larry holds a B.A. and M.L.S from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (http://sils.unc.edu/news/releases/2005/04_alford.html) from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.