Ken Haycock is a library consultant who became the youngest-ever president of the Canadian School Library Association in 1974 and the youngest-ever president of the Canadian Library Association in 1977. He is also a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and of the Council for Canadian Learning Resources, where he established the journal Resource‚?ĘLinks: Connecting Classrooms, Libraries and Canadian Learning Resources. He has served as a public library trustee in two provinces, elected school board member (six years) and chair (three years, and an elected municipal councillor in West Vancouver. He is also past executive director of the International Association of School Librarianship. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from the American Association of School Librarians, the B.C. Teacher-Librarians' Association, the Canadian Library Association and the Canadian School Library Association, the first Grolier Award for Research and the Distinguished School Administrator Award from the Canadian School Library Association. He was named by Phi Delta Kappa, an international honour society, as one of the leading young educators in North America (one of three in Canada) and received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General for contributions to Canadian society. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Teachers (one of ten active) and an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Library Association. In 2001 he was awarded the Herbert and Virginia White Award by the American Library Association for advocacy and promotion of the profession of librarianship. The American Library Association, British Columbia Library Association, British Columbia Teacher-librarians' Association, International Association of School Librarianship and the University of British Columbia have named awards in his honour.

Born in 1948, Ken Haycock attended school in Hamilton and London, Ontario where he obtained his B.A. in political science from the University of Western Ontario in 1968 and Dip. Ed. in 1969. He began his career as a secondary school history teacher and teacher-librarian at Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa and was a department head and part of the opening day staff at Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa in 1970. During this time he completed qualifications at the University of Toronto to become an Ontario specialist in school librarianship and completed his M.Ed. in curriculum and educational foundations at the University of Ottawa. In 1972, he moved to Guelph to become educational media specialist with the Wellington County Board of Education. From 1972 to 1976 the Board renovated more than 30 school libraries, developed policies on qualifications and staffing and instituted a vigorous staff training program; he also served as a public library trustee, his local union president, established a special library, completed his A.M.L.S. at the University of Michigan through commuting 500 miles each week and was elected president of the Canadian School Library Association. In 1976 he moved to the coast to become coordinator for the Vancouver School Board's more than one hundred school libraries, district resource services and special libraries; in 1984 he was named acting manager of elementary/secondary education and in 1985 became a member of Vancouver's senior management team, responsible for curriculum and program development and implementation, curriculum resources and technologies and staff development for 7,000 employees at 115 sites. During this time he was also principal of a large elementary school and competed his doctorate in educational leadership at Brigham Young University in Utah. In 1992, he returned to librarianship as a tenured professor, and director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia on a five-year contract; in 1997, he accepted a five-year reappointment. In 2002 he chose to move to full-time teaching, research and service as a faculty member. Also in 2002 he was invited to give a paper on the education of university and research librarians at the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions in Jerusalem, where he was elected Chair of the Section on Education and Training.


Ed.D. Specialization: Leadership in Administration. Brigham Young University, 1991
M.B.A. Specialization: Human Resources. Royal Roads University, 2004 (in progress)
A.M.L.S. Specialization: Library Media. University of Michigan, 1974
M.Ed. Specialization: Curriculum and Foundations. University of Ottawa, 1973
Dip. Ed. Specialization: History and School Librarianship. University of Western Ontario, 1969
B.A. Specialization: Political Science. University of Western Ontario, 1968
Certified Human Resources Professional, Human Resources Management Association, 2003
Certified Trainer, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Association for Psychological Type, University of Florida, 1988
British Columbia Professional Teacher's Certificate, 1976
Ontario Permanent Elementary School Teacher's Certificate, 1974
Ontario Specialist In School Librarianship Certificate, 1971
Ontario Permanent High School (Teacher's) Certificate, 1969


UBC editor of Foundations for Effective School Library Media Programs (Libraries Unlimited, 1999).
The Neal-Schuman Authoritative Guide to Kids' Search Engines, Subject Directories, and Portals. (New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002).
The Crisis in Canada's School Libraries: Rhe Case for Reform and Re-Investment. (Toronto: Association of Canadian Publishers, 2003).

[BCBW 2003] "Education"