Martha Whitehead is vice-provost (digital planning) and university librarian at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. She is active in regional, national and international initiatives to advance digital research infrastructure and scholarly communications. She has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, chair of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and as a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She is currently chair of the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy, chair of CARL’s Policy Committee, chair of CARL’s Open Repositories Working Group, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure. She played a lead role in the development of Portage, a research data management network launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in collaboration with other research stakeholders.
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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