Dave Binkley was a systems librarian from the 1980s until his death at the age of 53 from hepatitis in 2005. He was an early participant in the Access Conferences and a remarkable innovator in automated online services in his day. He is best remembered for two things: the Aviso interlibrary loan system and the GODOT article retrieval system. Developed while Dave was working at the University of Waterloo, Aviso was for many years the de facto standard for interlibrary loan management in Canada. Godot was developed while Dave was working at Simon Fraser University and incorporated a citation-resolution system similar to OpenURL, which Herbert Van de Sompel was developing in Ghent at the same time. Dave’s work represented the ideal of libraries taking ownership of their online services, at a time when buying off-the-shelf software and putting up with its limitations was the norm.
After Dave’s death, Gary Gibson of Gibson Library Connections honoured his memory by offering a subsidy to the Access Conference in Dave’s name. The subsidy is used to bring in a speaker who would not ordinarily attend Access: a voice from outside our little circle.
Past Dave Binkley Memorial Lectures:
- 2005, Edmonton: Bruce D’Arcus
- 2006, Ottawa: Stan Ruecker
- 2007, Victoria: Shawn Martin
- 2008, Hamilton: Dale Askey (mp3; slides)
- 2009, Charlottetown: Richard Akerman (slides)
- 2010, Winnipeg: Maureen Doyle
- 2011, Vancouver: Jer Thorp
- 2012, Montreal: Hugh McGuire
- 2013, St. Johns: Jonathan Voss
- 2015, Toronto: Molly Sauter
- 2016, Fredericton: Geoffrey Rockwell
- 2017, Saskatoon: TBA