New Chief Librarian Apointed


President Paul Gooch and the Board of Regents are pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa J. Sherlock as Victoria University’s chief librarian as of 1 September 2013. An advisory committee, struck in accordance with the Board of Regents by-law, unanimously recommended the appointment.

Sherlock holds a B.A. in English from York University, and an M.L.S. and M.A. from the University of Toronto. She joined the E.J. Pratt Library in 1993 and became head of Reader Services in 1999. Among her many accomplishments, she chaired the web advisory committee that planned the library’s highly praised web page, and has been especially engaged in working with faculty members to facilitate student use of the library’s archives and special collections.

“I feel extremely privileged to accept the position of chief librarian at Victoria University,” says Sherlock. “I have had a great deal of support from my colleagues at the library, as well as from those within the University, and no doubt we’ll be able to undertake some exciting projects together in the years to come.”

Sherlock was the successful candidate after the position was posted throughout North America. The role’s requirements were based on a review of Victoria University Library conducted by representatives of Robarts Library, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library and Toronto Public Library. The position has a five-year administrative term, with subsequent renewals upon review. Sherlock’s first term will be until 30 June 2018.

Sherlock will continue the work of Professor Robert C. Brandeis, chief librarian since 1977, to actively build collaborative relationships with researchers, faculty, students and other communities of interest, with the shared goal of enhancing, preserving and promoting Vic’s world‐renowned collections. These include collections by and about E.J. Pratt, Northrop Frye, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, and John Wesley.

Victoria University Library, comprising E.J. Pratt Library and Emmanuel College Library, provides a range of services and resources within its federation with the University of Toronto. The libraries, serving Victoria College of U of T’s Faculty of Arts and Science and Emmanuel College within The Toronto School of Theology, have over 300,000 volumes and internationally significant special collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives. A staff of 22 includes seven full-time librarians, library technicians, conservation and archival personnel. The Victoria University Library offers a full range of services and access to e-resources.

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