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About Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead was appointed Queen’s University Librarian in 2011. Her title was changed to Vice-Provost and University Librarian to acknowledge the institution-wide scope of the position and alignment with peers within the Provost’s portfolio. As a member of the Provost’s team, she provides leadership in the ongoing development of information resources and services to support the University’s academic programs and research. Her portfolio includes Queen’s University Library, Queen’s University Archives, Queen’s Research Data Centre and the Copyright Advisory Office. She is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Budget, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning and the Campus Planning Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Board of McGill Queen’s University Press. She is currently Faculty Co-Chair of the Campus Community Appeal. Ms. Whitehead is active in regional, national and international initiatives to advance scholarly communications and the preservation of research assets.

Ms. Whitehead has an MLS from the University of British Columbia and 30 years of professional academic library experience. Prior to her appointment as University Librarian, she was Interim University Librarian for a year and Associate University Librarian for 6 years at Queen’s, following 19 years with the University of British Columbia Library. Her work there included responsibilities in distance learning services, borrower services, reference services, library systems and oversight for library web development and library-wide information services supporting learning and research.

Current external offices

  • Canadian Association of Research Libraries: President
  • Ontario Council of University Libraries: Past-Chair
  • Research Data Canada: Member, Steering Committee
  • Tri-Agency Data Management Policy Working Group
  • Association of Research Libraries: Member, Member Engagement and Outreach Committee

Recent presentations

  • Portage: Supporting Canadian Innovation Through Shared Expertise and Stewardship of Research Data on the Panel: Technology for multi-institution co-operation: aggregating, sharing and collaboration – Information Technology, World Library and Information Congress, 81st IFLA General Congress and Assembly, August 20, 2015
  • A National Approach to Research Data Management: An Update on CARL’s Portage Project, Canadian Library Association, June 5, 2015
  • Collaborating to develop and test research data preservation workflows, Coalition for Networked Information, April 13, 2015
  • Capacity alignment panel, Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II, Barcelona, Spain, November 19, 2013
  • What kind of review is right for you? Canadian Library Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, May 30, 2013
  • The power of partnerships in Canadian research libraries, Looking Forward: Re-imagining the academic library’s role in teaching, learning & research, McMaster University, March 1, 2013

Current professional focus

  • Research data management services
  • Collaborative futures for digital and print resources
  • Library as place

Earlier professional focus

  • National consortial e-resource licensing
  • User studies for discovery systems design
  • Learning commons partnerships and development
  • Learning technologies and their intersections with library systems and services
  • Organizational design for library teaching, learning and research services
  • Information literacy in learning outcomes and public policy
  • Library services for distance learning