Following an international search, Loryl MacDonald has been appointed to the position of Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections and Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, effective April 1, 2019. Loryl has served in this role on an interim basis since July 1, 2016. In that time, we have been deeply impressed by her strong performance leading the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Media Commons and University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services, as well as continuing to serve as the University Archivist. She has a comprehensive understanding of the complex needs of each of these diverse areas within the portfolio. She has built wonderful relationships with many of our donors and with antiquarian booksellers. She is deeply committed to building special collections in collaboration with staff and faculty. In her interim role, she has led forward thinking projects related to digitization and preservation.
Loryl is well respected by her peers for her expertise, deep knowledge, outstanding accomplishments and her strong sense of collegiality. Loryl has served as President of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), the Archives Association of Ontario, and the Toronto Area Archivists Group. She began a new term as President of ACA in January. She has both a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia iSchool and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC. Loryl is a wonderful instructor and continues to teach at the iSchool on topics related to the records of organizations and legal issues in archives.