Office of the University Librarian

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the University Librarian is responsible for the leadership, evaluation, development, and day-to-day administration of the University Library, including Mills Memorial Library, Innis Library, H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering, and the New Media Centre (including Campus Classroom Technologies). 

The University Librarian is responsible for ensuring that the library’s resources and priorities are effectively and efficiently aligned with the University through formal channels including membership on the University’s Senior Management Team, Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council.

Office of the University Librarian


Vivian Lewis Bio

Vivian Lewis first came to McMaster in 1991 as a government information specialist.  She assumed the role of Associate University Librarian in 2003. Prior to becoming the University Librarian in 2013, she served as Acting University Librarian.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Western University, a master’s in Canadian History from York University, and a master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Academic Librarians, the Frye Leadership Institute and the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows programme. She is a former President of the Ontario College and University Library Association. In June, Lewis became the incoming President of the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Art, Literature and Science, one of Canada’s oldest cultural organizations.

“It is a distinct privilege to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Lewis says. “McMaster is one of the world’s leading research-focused student centred universities. Our Library is central to the successful realization of McMaster’s mission to provide the highest quality education for students while facilitating groundbreaking research and discovery.”

Lewis led the highly-successful design, implementation and launch of McMaster’s award-winning Mills Learning Commons. Identifying ways of effectively leveraging technology to aid in learning, teaching and research are key priorities for the new Librarian.

Supporting scholarship in its many forms is also a key interest.  Lewis is currently co-principal investigator on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to explore the knowledge and competencies required to support digital scholarship on university campuses in an international context.

Library Leadership Group

Library Leadership Group

Chaired by the University Librarian, the Library Leadership Group (LLG) is a standing committee comprised of the senior managers responsible for carrying out the library’s activities in support of the University Library’s vision, mission and strategic plan.  The LLG is the principal decision-making and advisory body to the University Librarian.  It is generally involved in strategic planning for the library rather than operational management, which is carried out at the departmental level. The weekly meetings bring together the University Library’s senior managers to discuss progress on important strategic initiatives and address emerging issues.

The Group also:

  • develops, communicates and evaluates the library’s strategic plan;
  • advises the University Librarian on major program and administrative policy issues;
  • consults on critical organizational and human resource issues;
  • identifies international issues of importance at the university, provincial and national levels;
  • discusses leading trends in library and information services and make recommendations when appropriate;
  • advises the University Librarian on budget formulation; and
  • communicates library policy and priorities to the staff and the broader academic community.

Members of the LLG include:

  • AUL, Collections
  • AUL, Library & Learning Technologies
  • AUL, Library Services


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