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 current member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). She is a former President of the Ontario College and University Library Association. Lewis served as President of the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Art, Literature and Science (HAALSA), one of Canada’s oldest cultural organizations, from 2013 to 2018.
“It is a distinct privilege to be entrusted with stewardship of McMaster's University Library,” 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.
Lewis' current research interests include strategic planning, assessment and workforce development. She is engaged in drafting a new slate of "core competencies" for 21st century CARL research librarians. Regardless of the specific topic, her focus remains on the critical importance of leveraging collaborative approaches to transforming research libraries.