M.J. D’Elia is the Head of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph Library. He provides strategic leadership and oversight for the staff and operations of the L&CS unit, including: program development and delivery; promotion and outreach services; collaborative projects with other campus academic support units; budget management; workflow coordination and human resources management; and monitoring and assessment of programs and services.

In addition to his library responsibilities he teaches the Entrepreneurship course for the College of Business and Economics. This interactive course focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset, and encourages students to learn practices, habits, and tools used by serial entrepreneurs.

With the intent of bringing the library world and startup community together he helped organize the first ever Library-themed Startup Weekend. This event brought librarians, designers, developers and business minds together to pitch and prototype new library ideas in 54 hours.

M.J.’s research interests include applied creativity, design thinking and business model design. Recently he was accepted in to the 2016-2017 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program.

When time permits M.J. doodles, plays with Lego and runs a small company that specializes in creative problem solving. He has facilitated sessions with libraries and associations across the country, including University of Toronto Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, University of British Columbia Library and Niagara College. 

 - April 2016