Office of the University Librarian

About the Office of the University Librarian

The University Librarian leads the library’s overall strategy and advances the organization’s engagement with the University’s academic and research pursuits. The Office of the University Librarian is located on the third floor of the McLaughlin Library.

Welcome to the McLaughlin Library!

The committed and talented staff in the McLaughlin Library work hard on your behalf to advance teaching, learning and research at the University of Guelph. We:

  • Provide convenient access to high quality scholarly information resources
  • Empower students, faculty and staff to find, evaluate and use information effectively
  • Offer learner-focused library services and facilities
  • Advise researchers as you create, curate and disseminate new digital knowledge
  • Welcome all types of learners, readers, dreamers, knowledge seekers, and knowledge creators


Rebecca GrahamRebecca Graham,  University Librarian

Rebecca Graham joined U of G in 2012 from Harvard College Library in Cambridge Massachusetts, where she managed 12 library buildings and was responsible for a preservation and digitization program.

She began her Harvard tenure in 2003, as Associate Director for Library Operations at the Countway Library of Medicine where she had responsibility for access and technical services and collection development. During her time at Countway, Graham led the merger of service desks and the first-ever licensed resource collaboration among the libraries of the affiliated hospitals. She also served as a Co-Director of Countway with additional responsibilities for research and instruction, information technology, and administration before moving to the Harvard College Library (HCL) in 2006.

In the College Library, Rebecca served as the Associate Librarian for Preservation, Digitization and Administrative Services. Her portfolio included oversight of the Houghton Library as well as responsibility for communications, finance, human resources, information technology, operations & security, and conservation and digitization for both general and special collections. During her tenure, Graham brought greater emphasis to the customer service orientation of the HCL administrative units, contributed to the development of the multi-year collaborative digitization project with the National Library of China, provided leadership in the renovation of the Littauer Library as an interim location for the relocated Fine Arts Library, and served as a management representative to Harvard’s negotiations with the Harvard University Clerical and Technical Workers union.

Prior to Harvard, Graham’s academic library experience includes responsibilities for library IT and the digital library program at Johns Hopkins University. She served as the Interim Director and Program Associate for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) where she had responsibilities for project management on efforts related to authentication and authorization as well as the development of the Academic Image Cooperative. Rebecca was instrumental in the establishment of the well-attended DLF Forum Series. She served as Manager, Integrated Library Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) where she led the library’s campus-wide implementation of a new integrated library system.

Graham’s experience prior to receiving her MLS includes management of the Johnson County (Kansas) Public Library’s integrated library system, help desk manager and application programmer at the Springfield, Ohio Navistar manufacturing plant, and senior computer operator at Wright State University.

Graham earned a BS in organizational management at Wilberforce University, and an MS in library and information science from UIUC. She was a member of the inaugural cohort in the Association of Research Libraries Research Libraries Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program, designed to develop the leadership skills required for strategically managing large research libraries. Graham has been recognized by the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science with both the Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award and the Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award.

Sheryl Cantlon
Executive Assistant
519 824-4120, Ext. 52159