Scott Gillies has been appointed to the role of Associate University Librarian at the Wilfrid Laurier University Library for a term of five years commencing Feb. 1, 2017.
Reporting to University Librarian Gohar Ashoughian, Gillies will help the Library to realize an exciting transformation of its organizational structure, services, facilities and collections in support of the vision of the Library as the intellectual and cultural hub for the university. He will become one of two associate university librarians at Laurier, alongside current Associate University Librarian Gordon Bertrand.
“We are very excited to have Scott joining our Laurier Library family,” said Ashoughian. “We will greatly benefit from his experience and proven expertise in library management, collections, space planning and partnership-building as we continue to work towards our vision of the 21st century Library at Laurier.
Gillies has 16 years of experience as a professional librarian at the University of Guelph, serving for the last 10 years as Head, Information Resources and Collections. He has participated extensively in service and university governance and has been active with library consortia, including the TriUniversity Group of Libraries, the Ontario Council of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.
“I am truly excited about the opportunities in this role to make meaningful contributions to the Library’s Strategic Plan and to support the academic mission of the University,” said Gillies. “As a part of the Library’s leadership team, I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated staff to help advance student success, teaching and research and scholarship.”
A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Gillies holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from Western University and a Master of Arts in History from Queen’s University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Waterloo.
Scott lives in Waterloo with his wife Christine and three children (Elisabeth, Thomas and Claire), and his dog Sparkie. He loves to play the guitar in his spare time.