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.