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M.J. D'Elia - Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship. Guelph, ON, CA

M.J. D'Elia

Learning & Curriculum Support Team Librarian | Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship

Guelph, ON, CANADA

A librarian with a significant amount of teaching experience.




Startup Thinking 101 for Libraries: Workshop Creating a Culture of Innovation (in Libraries) Startup Thinking and Libraries Startup Library Full Day Workshop: OCULA Spring Conference 2013 Libraries Meet Startups: An Unusual Love Story Mindshifts: Computers in Libraries 2014 Information Literacy in the Age of YouTube


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M.J. D'Elia: Hit the Bricks! Playing with LEGO at work Interview with MJ D'Elia - OLA Super Conference 2014 MCS*4100: Entrepreneurship (in 5 minutes) The Startup Library: 2013 OCULA Spring Poster




M.J. D’Elia is the Head (Acting) of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph. He provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for the Learning Commons units: Learning and Writing Services, Information Literacy, Supported Learning Groups, and the Data Resource Centre. He is a co-conspirator in a number of interesting side projects, including Innovation Boot Camp, PIM Labs, and The Startup Library.

In addition to his library role, he also instructs the Entrepreneurship course for the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies. This course features a Dragon’s Den-like business pitch competition at the end of the semester. When time permits, M.J. doodles, plays with Lego and runs a small facilitation company that specializes in creative problem solving.

Industry Expertise (4)


Library and Information Management


Social Media

Areas of Expertise (9)

Information Literacy

Collection Development

Library Science

Virtual Reference Services

Curriculum Design

Educational Technology

Digital Libraries


Library Research

Accomplishments (3)

Distinguished Librarian Award (professional)


Awarded by the University of Guelph, 2006-2008.

Louis Vagianos Award (professional)


Awarded by Dalhousie University.

Gold Medal Recipient (professional)


Awarded by The University of Western Ontario.

Education (2)

Dalhousie University: MLIS, Library Scienec 2004

University of Western Ontario: B.A., Visual Arts, English 2001

Affiliations (4)

  • Creative Education Foundation (CEF) : Member
  • Ontario Library Association (OLA) : Member
  • American Library Association (ALA) : Member
  • University of Guelph : Instructor of Entrepreneurship

Media Appearances (1)

Gryphon's Den 2014

The Ontarion  online


Professor M.J. D’Elia began teaching MCS*4100 (Marketing and Consumer Studies) in the Fall of 2012 and was “looking for a high-impact experience to conclude the course.” Gryphons’ Den is just that – it began around “…the time, pitch competitions like ABC’s Shark Tank and CBC’s Dragons’ Den were jut taking off on television. There was something about the simplicity of the pitch format that appealed to me – and pitches are a common activity for new businesses as they look for investors and customers,” explained D’Elia...

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Event Appearances (3)

Innovation Boot Camp: Learn Faster

OALT / ABO Conference  King City, ON.


Building a game layer on top of the library

OLA Conference  Toronto, ON.


Librarians are like detectives (and other generative analogies...)

CLA Conference 2011  Halifax, NS.


Articles (2)

The Startup Library: Pitch Competition

The University of Guelph


In the winter of 2013 the University of Guelph Library funded an experimental staff development initiative called "The Startup Library." The goal of this program was to explore what libraries might be like if we adopted a Startup mindset. Course material was based on popular business books like Business Model Generation (Alexander Osterwalder), The Lean Startup (Eric Ries), and Change by Design (Tim Brown)...

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Innovation: the language of learning libraries

References Services Review


The purpose of this paper is to describe an experimental staff training program called "Innovation Boot Camp" in which participants engaged in playful activities designed specifically to inspire, energize, and challenge them to become more innovative at work...

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