The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today the appointment of Ms. Leslie Weir as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of four-year term, effective August 30, 2019. Ms. Weir will be the first woman to become Librarian and Archivist of Canada since the merging of these two institutions.
Ms. Weir was the university librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. Prior to her tenure at the university, she held positions at the National Library of Canada and the Statistics Canada Library.
Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated vision, dedication, and outstanding service by encouraging connections both within and outside of the world of librarianship. She guided many transformative moments at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and research libraries in Canada. Ms. Weir is one of the founding architects of Scholars Portal, the state-of-the-art research infrastructure in Ontario universities, that brings together information resources and services in support of research and learning. She served as President of Canadian.org, where she oversaw the introduction of the Heritage Project, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, to digitize and make openly accessible some 60 million Heritage archival images. Ms. Weir was also president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from 2007 to 2009. She earned a Masters in Library Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Canadian History) from Concordia University.
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