University libraries beyond the campus walls

Join us for a free ACU Supporting Research Community webinar on how libraries are supporting students during lockdowns.

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03 Jun 2020
2:00 pm BST

Join us on Wednesday 3 June at 2:00 pm BST for a free ACU Supporting Research Community webinar. Discussion will revolve around how libraries are continuing to support students during lockdown. This webinar will bring together university librarians from across the Commonwealth to share knowledge and discuss solutions to mitigate the disruption inflicted by the current crisis. This online session will also highlight how libraries are supporting their wider community and breaking the image of the library as a quiet place walled with books.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during a 20-minute Q&A session at the end.




Donna Bourne-Tyson, Dean of Libraries at Dalhousie University, Canada

Ms. Bourne-Tyson leads the team responsible for libraries, learning commons and archives, as well as the University’s learning management system, Copyright Office, records management, research data management, research repositories, video conferencing and classroom technologies. She has served in executive roles on the Boards of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Novanet, Canadiana, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA), the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), and the Ontario Library Information Technology Association (OLITA). 



Prof Maria Frahm Arp

Prof Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre, the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof Maria Frahm-Arp obtained her PhD in the Sociology of Religion from Warwick University (UK) in 2006. She is the author of several book chapters and journal articles on Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa and the author of ‘Professional Women in Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa’ (Brill 2010) and ‘Into the Deep: Finding God in the Midst of Suffering’ (2015).  She is the winner of the UJ Humanities Teaching and Learning Award (2014) and the Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award (2016). 


Anne Horn, Director of Library Services & University Librarian, the University of Sheffield, UK

Anne is President of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL), and is active in IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) as a member of the Standing Committee for Library Buildings and Equipment. Nationally, Anne is a member of RLUK and SCONUL and in 2017 she chaired the UUK Open Access Repositories Working Group.  Anne has published and presented on designing spaces, leadership and change

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Ishwarduth Dassyne, Chief Librarian at University of Mauritius

Ishwarduth holds a BA in Librarianship from Pune University, and a MA in Information and Library Studies from Loughborough University. After returning to Mauritius in 1982, Ishwarduth was appointed Town Librarian in Curepipe. He has since worked as a Librarian at the Mauritius Standards Bureau, Data Services Manager at the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, and Librarian at the University of Mauritius (UoM). As Chief Librarian, Ishwarduth supervised the development of the UoM e-library and information services through the acquisition of a fully integrated web-based Library Management System.

How to join an ACU webinar

You will need to register online for the webinar in advance. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom invitation with instructions on how to join the webinar. You can join by PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Find out further information on how to join.

The webinar will be recorded and available on-demand to all those who register.


Time zones

Toronto, Canada 09:00 -  10:00
London, UK 14:00 - 15:00
Johannesburg, South Africa 15:00 - 16:00
Mumbai, India 18:30 - 19:30
Sydney, Australia 23:00 - 00:00


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