CARL Welcomes two new Visiting Program Officers

September 10, 2021 – CARL is delighted to announce that two new Visiting Program Officers (VPO) have joined our team. 

On September 1, 2021, Susan Cleyle was appointed as CARL Visiting Program Officer for Leadership Development Initiatives. Rowena Johnson takes on the position as Visiting Program Officer for Digital Access Policy on September 13, 2021.

Susan Cleyle recently transitioned to administrative leave from her role as Dean of Libraries at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to this role, Su served as the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Memorial University since 2012, and held library leadership roles that include the position of Associate University Librarian at the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University from 2003 to 2012. In the years 2019-2021, Su served as Treasurer on the CARL Board and is currently the chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada, and the Vice-President (NL) for The Atlantic Provinces Libraries Association (APLA).

She was previously an active member of the CARL Strengthening Capacity Committee, and we look forward to her continued engagement with this committee and it’s growing slate of leadership development initiatives, including CARL’s Academic Librarians’ Leadership Institute.

Rowena Johnson is the Copyright Officer at the University of Calgary and regularly engages in activities supporting digital access. She leads and provides oversight of the university copyright program, and serves as advisor and resource to senior University administration and across the University on all matters related to copyright. Rowena engages in national working groups and discussions on copyright best practices, policies, safeguards and engagement and responses to legislative and government copyright activities. She takes part in the CARL Copyright Specialist community calls and was a member of the team responsible for the CARL Copyright Open Educational Resource for University Instructors and . 

In her role as VPO, and with the support of the CARL policy team (Susan Haigh, Mark Swartz, Katherine McColgan, and Temple Scott Associates), Rowena will take a leading or contributing role in the development of CARL statements, briefs, and communications related to federal advocacy supporting digital access—which may entail licensing, copyright, controlled digital lending, privacy, open government, access to information, and/or other arising federal policy issues that potentially impact CARL libraries or the communities they serve.