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Director of DELTS appointed

Susan Cleyle has been appointed director of Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS). The Board of Regents approved the appointment on Thursday, June 21. It is effective Aug. 1, 2012.

Ms. Cleyle is currently the associate university librarian at Memorial's Queen Elizabeth II Library, and has occupied that role since August 2003. For the better part of a decade she has been responsible for administering the operations and staff of the QE II, comprised of about 30 librarians and 100 staff, and has provided leadership and vision to the library's nine divisions.

"I am thrilled to join the DELTS team and feel honoured to have the opportunity to lead its dedicated and talented staff," said Ms. Cleyle. "This is a new step in my career and I look forward to building and fostering partnerships with the many faculties, schools and campuses of Memorial University."

Beginning her career as an instructional support librarian at the University of Regina Library in 1988, Ms. Cleyle continued on to several positions in Memorial's libraries. From 1992-94 she was a systems and planning librarian in the Health Sciences Library. From there she moved to the roles of systems librarian, emerging services librarian, then interim associate university librarian in 2002.

Aside from her career, Ms. Cleyle has been involved in an impressive number of professional activities. Among those, in 2002 she was an active member of the Emerging Technologies Interest Group, a Canadian Library Association (CLA) interest group. In 2005 she became co-founder of another CLA interest group – the Evidence Based Librarianship Interest Group – as well as co-founder of the first online, peer reviewed, open access evidence-based library journal.
Ms. Cleyle was president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association in 2008-09, and she is currently chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada.

Born in Kentville, N.S., Ms. Cleyle holds a BA in North American history from Mount Allison University and a master of library and information studies from Dalhousie University. In addition to her vast professional experience and activities, she has completed several professional development courses and was involved in a number of professional publications including co-authoring a book titled Last One Out Turn Off the Lights – Is This the Future of American and Canadian Libraries?