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University Librarian

cynthia archer photoCynthia Archer

516 Scott Library
Keele Campus

phone: 416-736-5935
fax: 416-736-5451

Master of Library and Information Science 1982
Bachelor of Science 1981

Cynthia Archer joined York University as University Librarian and ARL in 2001. She has been a passionate advocate for the creation of the 21st Century research library. Cynthia has been an active participant in the provincial, national and North American research library communities, serving as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, President of the Ontario Library Association, as Chair of the Scholarly Communications Committee and E-Learning Working Group for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and contributed to several committees of the Association of Research Libraries including the current group revising collection measures.

In these varied roles, Ms. Archer demonstrated leadership in the dramatic growth of Scholars Portal, Ontario’s digital library, initiated the creation of Canada’s first online, open access, library research journal: Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. Ms. Archer was instrumental in the establishment of the W.P.Scott Chair in E-Librarianship, the first of its kind in Canada.