21 May 2009

New appointments at LAC

The organization remains Library and Archives Canada, but the faces are changing following the appointment of Dr. Daniel J. Caron as Librarian and Archivist of Canada. The appointments and deployments below are now announced.

Doug Rimmer, formerly Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs and Services Sector has been appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Documentary Heritage Collection Sector. He replaces Ingrid Parent who has accepted an appointment as University Librarian at the University of British Columbia.

Zahra Pourjafar-Ziaei becomes A?/Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management Sector. She had previously served at Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Marie-Josée Martel becomes Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs and Services Sector. She came to LAC in September 2008 from Treasury Board Secretariat where she was Executive Director, Service Sector. She will also Chair the LAC Services Advisory Board.

Sean Berrigan, formerly Director-General in the Strategic Office, assumes the role of Senior Advisor to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada.

Most of the names are new to me. As is common at the Public Service executive level, corporate memory is scarce in these appointments. If you have information or opinion they should be aware of to help them provide better service they all have email which can be found through GEDS, the Government Electronic Directory Service.


Anonymous said...

It's quite sad that none of these people have any background in either librarianship or archival science. Professionals at LAC are being replaced by career bureaucrats who know nothing and care even less about managing a national collection.

JDR said...

I'm not sure how any of us would know how much a manager cares about doing her or his job. The proof will be in the performance, and they deserve our goodwill as they tackle the challenges.

Anonymous said...

See where former head of LAC went...


WJM said...

I do agree that the proof will be in the performance.

At the same time, it would be nice to see some senior positions filled by people with L&A backgrounds.

At the same time, at times in the past, fat lot of good that did!