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Keir Reavie

Keir Reavie
Keir Reavie,
Associate Director

Photograph taken by Robert Nahory.

Associate Director Keir Reavie has worked and lived in many wonderful cities, from San Francisco to Winnipeg, and he is no less excited to be living in New York and working at Dana Library. A native Canadian, Keir completed his education at the University of Western Ontario and briefly worked in Canada before relocating to the United States. As part of his many duties at Dana, Keir oversees the Access Services department, is involved with new projects with the Institute of Jazz Studies, manages facilities projects, and even finds time to work hours at the reference desk.

Keir is no stranger to managing different responsibilities: his previous role at the University of California, Davis included overseeing three different science libraries. From October 2009-March 2011 he was head of the Health, Agricultural, and Biological Sciences Library Services. Initially beginning as the head of agricultural and biological sciences, his role expanded to include the health sciences libraries as well.

The three libraries serve faculty, graduate students, medical students, and veterinary medicine students, while the biological and agricultural sciences libraries also served a vast undergraduate population. In addition to supervising these services, Keir managed the collections budget and collection development.

Prior to this, Keir worked at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he began as the Educational Coordinator for clinical programs and eventually became Manager of Education and Information Services. There he directed public services, which included the circulation desk, the information desk, and the inter-library loan offices.

At the time, UCSF was in the process of instituting a radical new teaching program in medicine that would incorporate evidence-based learning. This combination would allow students to apply the theoretical knowledge of medicine gleaned in the classroom with clinical experience gained in hospitals. This provided inspiration for research that Keir published about the role of the libraries in these educational developments.

No stranger to teaching, Keir taught a class in a molecular biology course while he was serving as Coordinator of Research Support Services at Wayne State University in Detroit. This led to the publication of several book chapters about researching in the biomedical literature.

Of the new developments in higher education, Keir is certain that scholarly communication is due for a transformation. "The way faculty and graduate students do research, the way they communicate their research results, the changes in the publishing world - all these things will soon change dramatically." The rise of different publishing methods will change the way that scholars exchange information. The library "needs to work with faculty and students to support new ways of communicating research results."

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Posted September 2012