April Member Profile: Richard Hayman


CAPAL’s member profile for April is Richard Hayman, Associate Professor & Digital Initiatives Librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Photo of Richard Hayman in front of a colourful background

What is the best thing about living in your city? What’s the worst?

Calgary’s proximity to the mountains is great, with some of Canada’s most amazing landscape on my doorstep, including Kananaskis (K-country) and Banff National Park only an hour away. Jasper, Waterton, Kootenay, and Yoho are also close. The worst thing about living here is depending on a boom-bust economy. I’ve witnessed how this impacts my family, friends, and community (including libraries), and I wish that we would all get off of this ride already.

What do you like to do in your free time?

It sounds like a stereotypical librarian response, but I do a lot of reading (mostly sci-fi with some fantasy mixed in) and hanging out with my cats. I love Calgary’s craft beer scene, and am learning how to homebrew. I enjoy cooking, and am slowly teaching myself how to bake sourdough bread. My partner would say that I play video games too often, but I disagree.

What are your research interests?

Scholarly communications and open access are my main interests. Right now I’m working on a project examining faculty perceptions of open access and predatory publishing that addresses implications for both research and teaching. I’m also very interested in evidence based practice and educational technologies.

Have you attended any conferences recently? Which was your favourite and why?

I went to EBLIP10 in Scotland last year after wanting to attend for years. I got to present my research, to see the great work that others are doing, and finally meet some colleagues I’ve worked with at a distance for a while. Shameless plug, my co-author and I just published in the conference issue.

Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?

It’s always been ‘capple’ to me.