Dr. Michael Ridley

Librarian Emeritus, University of Guelph

Dr. Michael Ridley is Librarian Emeritus at the University of Guelph where for many years he was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian. Before this he held positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.

Ridley has degrees from Guelph (BA), New Brunswick (MA), Toronto (MLS, MEd), and Western (PhD). His recently completed doctoral research explored the challenges of human centered explainable artificial intelligence (HCXAI) under the direction of Dr. Jacquie Burkell, Faculty of Information and Media

Ridley’s ongoing research interests include machine information behaviour, explainable AI, algorithmic literacy, and historical perspectives on library information technology.

Ridley has held executive positions on a number of professional associations and organizations including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Ontario Council of University Libraries, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers.

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Association for Information Science. He believes strongly in the power of association and collaboration.

Ridley is on Twitter at @mridley. His website is www.MichaelRidley.ca.