Ms. O'Hara received a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. Currently Ms. O'Hara holds the rank of Librarian and has served as Acting University Librarian. Since joining the University of Manitoba in 2002, Lisa has progressed through the ranks and has held several leadership roles including, Acting and Head of Technical Services, Head of Discovery and Delivery, Associate University Librarian, Collections and Research Support Services. Ms. O'Hara has been instrumental in overseeing the work of several technological-focused projects in the libraries such as the implementation of a cloud-based library system and of the room booking system, self-checkout kiosks and reserve lockers. She also has led the work to establish a research support and digital strategies area and a centralized access services unit.
Lisa is an accomplished librarian and researcher focusing on ways to transform the libraries with an emphasis on technology including how information is discovered and accessed. Her recent work has been in the area of service support for Indigenous research and scholarship.
Ms. O'Hara has been an active participant on various university level committees including the Next Generation Web Experience Project Board, Senate Committee on Academic Computing, Senate Libraries Committee and the University's Métis Working Committee. She maintains strong professional and community ties serving on the Canadian Association Research Libraries' Creating Capacity Committee, the Council on Prairie and Pacific University Libraries' Indigenous Knowledge Steering Committee, the Manitoba Library Consortium, and L'Arche Winnipeg.
Ms. Lisa O'Hara
Vice-Provost (Libraries) and University Librarian