Mike Ridley

Mike RidleyMichael Ridley a Librarian and Instructor (First Year Seminar program) at the University of Guelph. He is also a PhD student at the Faculty of Media and Information Studies (FIMS), Western University. Ridley is a former Editor-in-Chief of Open Shelf (2014-2017). He can be contacted at mridley [at] uoguelph.ca and on Twitter @mridley.

Contributed Articles

SuperConference: Testing the waters
March 1, 2017
Gathering to talk about the benefits of an advanced research degree as preparation for an academic role.
New terminal degree: Yes or no?
March 1, 2017
If the role of academic librarians is changing and resembling more that of other faculty, should the PhD be the new terminal degree?
The PhD: New terminal degree?
March 1, 2017
Academic librarians are “scholar-practitioners.” We have a valued tradition of service (practitioner) but increasingly we also teach full-time and undertake extensive research (scholar).
Academic librarians and the PhD: Introduction
March 1, 2017
Academic librarians typically have academic status, freedoms, and responsibilities.
Career impact
March 1, 2017
Does obtaining a PhD actually advance your career?
Advice to potential PhD students
March 1, 2017
What advice is important and useful to potential PhD students to understand the doctoral process?
Costs and gains
March 1, 2017
What are the costs and gains of doing an advanced degree?
Farewell … and Welcome
February 1, 2017
With this release of Open Shelf I’m stepping down as Editor-in-Chief. When introducing Open Shelf in August 2014 (Welcome to Open Shelf) I noted this: “Open Shelf is a work-in-progress. We’ll likely stumble a bit in the early days. Please be patient with us. As we get our footing we will experiment more with different formats
What’s New in Open Shelf: January 15, 2017
January 15, 2017
What’s New in Open Shelf? is a Table of Contents of sorts. Open Shelf publishes when we have compelling new material. Every two weeks is our plan. In this release we feature the library service desk, Mita Williams, reading journals, RA training, and Helen McDonnell. The Library Service Desk. John Pateman takes down the desk,
What’s New in Open Shelf: December 1, 2016
December 1, 2016
What’s New in Open Shelf? is a Table of Contents of sorts. Open Shelf publishes when we have compelling new material. Every two weeks is our plan. In this release we feature Kelli Van Buskirk, Kelli Babcock, Pokémon GO!, RA skills, free flow books, empathy, and InsideOCULA for December. The ever popular Random Library Generator column