Leslie Weir

Librarian & Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada

Picture of Leslie WeirLeslie Weir became the Librarian and Archivist of Canada on August 30, 2019.   Before coming to Library and Archives Canada, Ms. Weir was the University librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. During her tenure as University Librarian, she founded the School of Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, and was cross-appointed as a professor.  Prior to her arrival at the university, Ms. Weir held positions at the National Library of Canada and the Statistics Canada Library.  She holds a Masters in Library Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Canadian History) from Concordia University.

Ms. Weir has guided many transformative moments at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and research libraries in Canada. She 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, and served as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries from 2010 to 2012.  Ms. Weir served as President of Canadiana.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.  She also served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries from 2007 to 2009 and the Ontario Library Association in 2017. 

Over the course of her career, Ms. Weir’s vision, dedication, and outstanding service have been recognized with numerous awards including the CLA/Ken Haycock Award for  Promoting Librarianship in 2015, the Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) in 2016, and, in 2018, the Ontario Council of University Libraries Lifetime Achievement Award and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship

Computers in Libraries Connect 2020