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Leslie Weir, University Librarian at the University of Ottawa, wins CLA/Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

University Librarian at the University of Ottawa Leslie Weir has been named the 2015 recipient of the CLA/Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. Named in honour of distinguished educator, administrator, advocate and CLA past‐president Dr. Ken Haycock, this award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing public recognition and appreciation of librarianship.

“In her 30-year career, Leslie Weir has been actively involved in not only promoting, but also shaping and developing the profession of librarianship,” said Hélène Carrier, Director of the Morisset Library at the University of Ottawa.

Among Weir’s many achievements:

  • She is a tireless champion of the University of Ottawa Library, which is viewed as a strategic partner in the success of the University, both in research and learning in the 21st century.
  • She is one of the contributors to Sm@rtLibraries, a collaboration that developed a unified catalogue of National Capital library resources.
  • She is one of the founding members of Scholars Portal, an internationally recognized state-of-the-art research infrastructure.
  • She was president  of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) from 2007 to 2009. As an active member of CARL’s Copyright and Public Policy committees, she lobbied the government to advocate for copyright reform and now chairs the CARL committee on Research Dissemination.
  • As president of Canadiana.org since 2012, Weir has overseen the introduction of the Heritage Project, a collaboration with Library and Archives Canada aimed at digitizing and promoting open access to  some 60 million archival heritage images.
  • She currently vice-chairs both the Center for Research Libraries and the Board of the Council of Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR). She is also active in IFLA, having been elected to the Management and Marketing Section in 2013.

But of all of her accomplishments, the one dearest to her heart is the founding of the uOttawa School of Information Studies.

In early 2014, the School received ALA accreditation for seven years, the longest period possible. Complementing this contribution to the development of new members within the library and information community, Leslie Weir has been actively involved in the Northern Exposure to Leadership (NELI) Institute, supporting future leaders in the library community.

The CLA/Ken Haycock Award will be presented at the opening ceremonies of the CLA 2015 National Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday, June 3, in Ottawa. Congratulations Leslie!

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