Martha Whitehead Honoured for Contributions to Research Librarianship

Post Date:
May 9, 2019

We are pleased to share recent news from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) detailing an award presented to Martha Whitehead, who will be leaving Queen’s for Harvard University in July:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) recently honoured Martha Whitehead with its Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship for her substantial contributions to the field. Ms. Whitehead has served as Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian at Queen’s since 2011, and in July will begin at Harvard University as University Librarian, Vice-President of the Harvard Library, and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Science.

“Martha has a remarkable ability to coordinate work across the many groups she participates in,” says Michael Vandenburg, Acting Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian. “She has shown great leadership in her ability to both develop a shared vision for the future of research libraries with other library leaders and to translate that vision into action with the creation of infrastructure and services.”

As Vice-Provost, Ms. Whitehead laid the foundation for Queen’s digital strategy. She also developed the vision to create and staff library services focused on advancing research data management, scholarly communications, and open education resources.

Ms. Whitehead is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership in research library matters and has served on a number of councils, associations, and committees, including the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. She has also been integral to the formation and continuing success of the Portage Network, CARL’s national research data management initiative.

Vivian Lewis, University Librarian at McMaster University, wrote in her nomination letter that “Martha is the University Librarian we all aspire to be. She is smart, determined and fearless. She is technologically savvy, but keenly attuned to the needs of the broad spectrum of users that cross our doorways, physically and virtually. She is deeply collaborative, always ready to pitch on a good idea if it will advance the collective needs of Canadian Scholars.”

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