A library reflects the communities and the cultures in which it operates, and library collections and programs reflect the reading tastes, the history and the priorities of the residents.
Leslie Weir is well-known to the Ontario Library Association (OLA) community. As the university librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018, she played an active role and was OLA president in 2017.
This year, she made the move from academic librarian to national librarian and archivist when she succeeded Guy Berthiaume as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada in August. In this short interview with Richard Provencher, the head of media relations for the Communications Branch of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Leslie answers the following four questions:
- What attracted you to the position of National Librarian and Archivist?
- A lot has been accomplished in the last five years. You’re new at this position. What do you hope to accomplish and continue?
- There are two major construction buildings going up. Tell us about those.
- Why is LAC relevant (still relevant) to Canadians?
Take a listen to their conversation.
Leslie Weir is 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 where she founded the School of Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, and was cross-appointed as a professor.
Leslie Weir est bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada. Avant son arrivée à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Mme Weir a été directrice des bibliothèques de l’Université et dans le cadre de ses fonctions à l’Université d’Ottawa, elle a fondé l’École des sciences de l’information de la Faculté des arts et elle y a agi comme professeure.