Jun 15, 2020
University Librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018.
She became Librarian and Archivist of Canada
August, 2019. Ms. Weir is the first woman to hold this position
since the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of
Canada were merged to form Library and
She was born and raised in Montreal, earned a Bachelor of Arts in
Canadian History from Concordia University in 1976 and a Masters in
Library Science from McGill University in 1979. She joined the
University of Ottawa in 1992. During her tenure as University
Librarian, she founded the School of Information Studies in the
Faculty of Arts where she was also a Professor. She was a
member of the Board of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network
(CRKN), from its inception until 2009 and again from 2011 to 2015.
She served as President of Canadiana.org
between 2012 and 2016
where she oversaw the introduction of the Heritage Project to
digitize and make openly accessible some 60 million heritage
archival images. Ms. Weir was also president of the Canadian
Association of Research Libraries from 2007 to 2009 and president
of the Ontario Library Association in 2017.
We met in her high-ceilinged offices at
395 Wellington Street in Ottawa to talk about, among other things,
the merging of Library and Archives, the mandate of LAC, federal
government departmental libraries, the Library of Parliament,
budgets, acquisitions, fundraising and the new LAC Foundation,
author archives, Michael Ondaatje, exhibitions, the new LAC
building, partnerships, Access to Information requests, the white
diamond building, legal deposit, the Internet, Dominion Archivist
Arthur Doughty, gold claims, book collecting culture, Pierre
Berton, Kay Lamb, and Winston Churchill.