Samuel Cassady

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Head - Collections and Content Strategies

  • Electronic Resource Licensing
  • Collection Assessment
  • Education Collections
519-661-2111 x86370

Professional Biography

I began my career at the Southern Alberta Institution of Technology (SAIT), eventually assuming the role of Head, Collections and Technical Services. I accepted the role of Digital Information Resources Librarian at Western Libraries in 2015. Western provided the opportunity to work at a larger academic library, and work with the OCUL and CRKN library consortiums. In 2018 I began my current role as Head of Collections and Content Strategies, leading a team of talented librarians in a team-based collection development approach. I have since added Education collection responsibilities to my portfolio.


  • BA Honours, Psychology / History, University of Guelph
  • MLIS, Western University

Research Interests

I am currently part of a research team investigating the alignment of expectations between faculty, administrators, and librarians in terms of librarian decision-making. With a specific focus on 'big deal' journal publishing and cancellations, our team aims to provide guidelines and best-practices for how librarians can reconcile faculty needs and administration expectations with cancellation/acquisition decisions they need to make in licensing academic journals.