We have just had the pleasure of playing host to a fellow librarian from the University of Saskatchewan. Virginia Wilson is over here for most of this month visiting and interviewing librarians who are also practitioner researchers. Virginia came to Northampton having seen our conference blog and some other external presentations that we have given on librarians conducting research.
Unlike here, in Canada it is apparently the norm for university librarians to be employed on academic contracts and there is an expectation that they will conduct research. In support of this they are permitted to spend a significant part of their working week on research activity and after six years they get the chance to take up to one year as a sabbatical.
Sounds good to me!