New University Librarian named at Laurentian

Executive Director of Canadian Association of Research Libraries to fill post

April 28, 2014 – Laurentian University’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of Brent Roe to the position of University Librarian, effective July 1, 2014.  The appointment is for a five-year term. 


Mr. Roe has previously worked as Associate University Librarian, Information Services at York University in Toronto and, since 2008, has served as Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries in Ottawa, whose board of directors includes the directors of 31 research libraries across Canada.  In addition, Mr. Roe has served on the Ontario College and University Library Association Council, including one year as President and two years on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Library Association.  Mr. Roe is fully bilingual.

Brent Roe





In the position of University Librarian at Laurentian, Mr. Roe will be responsible for overseeing all library and archives services, including a team of over 28 librarians, archivists and staff, more than 1-million items in collections within the J.N. Desmarais Library and online catalogues.


“The library is really the heart and soul of a university, and we are happy to have a University Librarian with Brent’s experience and passion in this crucial position,” said Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux. “Our hiring committee was also impressed by his understanding of the challenging context within which libraries in a university setting will be operating in the future, as well as of the opportunities which will present themselves.”


“I am excited to be taking on this new responsibility and to be working with the Laurentian community to provide excellent library and archival services. The J.N. Desmarais Library has both impressive collections and a talented staff, and I am looking forward to my new role there,” said Brent Roe.