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Mary-Jo Romaniuk | Movers & Shakers 2010 – Tech Leaders

Library Journal March 15, 2010: Mary-Jo Romaniuk, Mover & Shaker

Seer of Solutions

Picture this: during an impromptu tour of library facilities, Mary-Jo Romaniuk convinced the provost to provide million for a Learning Commons in the University of Alberta Science and Technology Library. Then, hearing of a need from staff and students for access to popular fiction, Romaniuk worked with Edmonton Public Library leaders to create a blended library card and an “eplGO” branch at the university so students can access all public library services at any branch without charge. And, finally, to mark the 2008 university centenary, Romaniuk led the development campaign to raise million to buy the personal papers, long thought lost, of Canada’s historically important Major-General Samuel Steele, the original “Mountie” who founded the modern Canadian military.

There’s more: Alberta has six First Nations Colleges (Native American or Tribal colleges in U.S. terms) associated with six reservations. These colleges are unable to provide collections and services equal to those at other institutions so Romaniuk came up with a First Nations collaborative integrated library system hosted by the university.

“Romaniuk sees opportunity in adversity and finds solutions where only insurmountable challenges are apparent,” says Ernie Ingles, vice provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta. To her “constellation of attributes,” he adds “profound curiosity, incredible intuition, incomparable energy, sublime sense of timing, tenacious elocution, team-building capacity, and…the ability to synthesize her own ideas with others to achieve results.”

Vitals

Mary-Jo Romaniuk, University of Alberta, Edmonton

CURRENT POSITION Associate University Librarian

DEGREE MLIS, San José State University, 2008

SLIPPERY SLOPE Treasurer, Edmonton Alpine Ski Racing Association, 2000–09

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