After graduating from McGill University with a Masters in Library and Information Sciences, Leslie Weir began her career at Statistics Canada Library before moving on to the National Library of Canada. In 1992 she accepted a position at the University of Ottawa and in January 2003, Leslie became University Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies and holds a cross-appointment at the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at the University of Ottawa.
Leslie has played many key roles in the Canadian library landscape, including President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) from 2008-2010, Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) from 2010-2012 and member of the Board of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), formerly the Canadian National Site License Project (CNSLP) from 2001 – 2009 and from 2011 to the present. Leslie was the Principal Investigator on the CRKN CFI-funded project, Digital Content Initiative (DCI) for Human and Social Sciences. She is one of the architects of the OCUL’s Scholars Portal initiative, which includes one of only two certified trusted digital repository in Canada, from its inception in July 2001. Leslie is currently on a number of boards including the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Association of research Libraries and is the Past-President of Canadiana.org. Leslie is the 2017 OLA President.