The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has recognized the leadership and exemplary career achievements of uOttawa’s former University Librarian, Leslie Weir, with an OCUL Lifetime Achievement Award.
Following her early career at the National Library of Canada and the Statistics Canada Library, Weir joined the University of Ottawa library where she went on to hold the positions of Associate University Librarian and then University Librarian from 2002 to 2018. As University Librarian, Weir oversaw the Library’s first strategic plan and championed the organisation as a key strategic partner within the University. She was instrumental in establishing the University’s School of Information Studies as well.
Weir also made significant contributions to OCUL during her three terms as University Librarian, not the least of which was her seminal role in the establishment of Scholars Portal in 2002, the technological service arm of OCUL. She also served as Chair of the Scholars Portal Operations and Development Committee from its inception until 2010 and was OCUL Chair from 2010 to 2012.
Widely respected for her strategic vision and leadership, Weir’s tenacity and ongoing encouragement and support of her colleagues exemplify what it is to be a library leader in a rapidly evolving information landscape.