Martha Whitehead is Queen’s University's vice-provost (digital planning) and university librarian. As a member of the provost's senior administrative team, she provides leadership in the institutional coordination of the university’s various areas of digital strengths, and in further planning to meet Queen’s current and future digital needs. Working hand in hand with the chief information officer and associate vice-principal (information technology services), she helps to bring together all stakeholders and lead discussions towards laying the foundation of a digital strategy for Queen’s. As university librarian, she is responsible for the ongoing development of information resources and services to support the university’s academic programs and research.
Martha's research library experience includes roles in information services and systems, information literacy, digital repositories, distance education, learning technologies, and leadership. She is active in regional, national and international initiatives to advance scholarly communications and the preservation of research assets. She played a lead role in the development of Portage, a network launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries to coordinate expertise, services and technology in research data management in the library community, in collaboration with other research data management stakeholders. She has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries and chair of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure and SSHRC's Programs and Quality Committee.
Martha joined Queen's University in 2004 as an associate university librarian. She was appointed interim university librarian in 2010 and university librarian in 2011, and renewed for a second term as vice-provost and university librarian in 2016. She was assigned the role of vice-provost (digital planning) and university librarian in 2017. Prior to coming to Queen's University, Martha held a variety of roles at the University of British Columbia, where she began her career as a librarian in 1985. She was a visiting librarian at the University of Melbourne in 2003, and was selected to participate in the Research Library Leadership Fellows program of the Association of Research Libraries in 2007-08. She holds a BA and MLS from the University of British Columbia.
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