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Tom Hickerson

University of Calgary
Principle Investigator
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Tom Hickerson formerly served as Vice Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources and University Librarian at the University of Calgary, 2006-2018. He led the programmatic design of the Taylor Family Digital Library and a high-density storage facility, a $205 million capital project of the University of Calgary.
Presently, he serves as a lead investigator for Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration and Renewing Access to Culturally Significant Audiovisual Recordings (both sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

Coming to Calgary after an extensive career as an archivist, technology innovator, and library administrator at Cornell University, in 2001, he was named a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in recognition of his contributions to the “use of information technologies for the benefit of society.” He is a Fellow and former President of the Society of American Archivists and served on the Executive Committee of the International Council on Archives. Since coming to Calgary, he has served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, as a Steering Committee member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries. He is also a founding creator of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century series.