January 23, 2022

Hervé Déry Named Interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada

From Canadian Heritage:

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Hervé Déry will be the interim Librarian and Archivist of Canada until an appointment is made.

“I am pleased that Mr. Déry has agreed to act as Librarian and Archivist,” said Minister Moore. “His senior executive service at Library and Archives Canada along with his leadership and extensive experience in the public sector will serve the organization very well in the interim.”

Since March 2012, Mr. Déry has been the Assistant Deputy Minister and Corporate Secretary, Policy and Collaboration Sector, at Library and Archives Canada.  Mr. Déry has also held several other senior positions within the federal government since 1982.  He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal.

See Also: Librarians give heritage minister wishlist for top job (via Ottawa Citizen)

In a statement sent to Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore on Friday, 19 organizations listed the visions, values and competencies they believe the next Librarian and Archivist of Canada will need to save the institution.

“The community has great concerns about the direction of Library and Archives Canada, and has had for a few years now. So we want to be sure that the input of the community is available to the minister and to the privy council in the naming of the new person,” said Nancy Marrelli of the Canadian Council of Archives.

Joint Statement on Qualities of a Successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada

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