Lisa O’Hara was appointed vice-provost (libraries) and university librarian at the University of Manitoba effective June 3, 2019. Since joining the University of Manitoba in 2002, O’Hara has held several leadership roles including head of technical services, head of discovery and delivery services, acting associate university librarian for collections and associate university librarian for research support services.
O’Hara holds the rank of librarian and has been instrumental in overseeing the work of several large-scale technology projects, including the implementation of a cloud-based library system and the libraries’ digital asset management system development.
An experienced manager and administrator, she has also led the work at the University of Manitoba to establish a research support and digital strategies framework, a centralized access services unit across the 11 University of Manitoba libraries, and an internal reorganization to better support faculty and students’ research and teaching/learning.
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 and chairs the University’s Copyright Advisory Committee and Senate Committee on Libraries. Her current research focus is in the area of service support for Indigenous research and scholarship and on ways to transform libraries with an emphasis on technology.
She maintains strong professional and community ties, serving on the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Strengthening Capacity Committee (SCC), the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries’ (COPPUL) Indigenous Knowledge Steering Committee, the Manitoba Library Consortium, chairs the CARL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group, and serves on the Board of L’Arche Winnipeg.
O’Hara holds an MLIS from the University of Toronto, an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, and was a 2016-17 Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow.