January 21, 2022

Canada: Vickery Bowles Appointed Toronto’s New City Librarian

From the Toronto Public Library:

The Toronto Public Library Board has appointed Vickery Bowles as its new City Librarian, effective January 5, 2015.

Ms Bowles has worked for Toronto Public Library in a number of capacities over the years, and brings diverse experience in public library service. As a public service director, she has worked with community groups, residents and staff to develop services that meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse population.

Currently the Director of Collections Management and City-Wide Services, Bowles oversees collection development for the Library’s print, audiovisual and electronic collections – more than 10 million items in total. She has spearheaded Toronto Public Library’s transition to digital collections while continuing to respond to customer demand for traditional books and other materials.

“I’m thrilled to be leading the public library service of this great city. There are many opportunities ahead for advancing public library service for the 21st century,” said Vickery Bowles. “As we move forward, Toronto Public Library will continue to champion reading and literacy, encourage lifelong learning and support creativity and collaboration. We’ll build on past successes while leading the transition to digital technology, developing new and innovative approaches to library service. I look forward to working with the Library Board, staff, the Mayor, City Council and our partners throughout the city to continue to provide Torontonians with the very best in public library service.”

The Toronto Public Library Board conducted an extensive international search over an eight month period to fill the City Librarian position.

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