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Laurier appoints Gohar Ashoughian to role of university librarian
May 2/12| For Immediate Release
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Gohar Ashoughian to the role of university librarian for a five-year term commencing Aug. 1, 2012.
"We are very pleased to have Ms. Ashoughian join Laurier as university librarian,” said Deborah MacLatchy, the university’s vice-president: academic and provost. “She brings extensive library leadership experience and excels at working collaboratively with academic units within the university as well as with external partners.”
Reporting to MacLatchy, Ashoughian will be responsible for the leadership, evaluation, development and day-to-day administration of the Laurier library system in Waterloo, Brantford and Kitchener. She is responsible for managing the Library’s 55 staff members, librarians and managers and for ensuring that the Library’s resources are aligned with the priorities of the university as a whole. The university librarian also serves as library head archivist, responsible for Laurier’s historical archives and special collections.
Originally from Armenia, Ashoughian earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree and Advanced Certificate in Library Information Science from Louisiana State University. Since then she has held a number of leadership positions in the United States and Canada, most recently as university librarian at the University of Northern British Columbia. She was also previously associate university librarian, collection services and assessment, at the University of Regina.
“I’m very excited to be joining this flagship Ontario university at a time when both the university and library are growing and evolving,” said Ashoughian. “I’m looking forward to helping the Library develop its strategy and organization as it continues to adapt to the 21st century.”
Ashoughian will be taking over from Sharon Brown, who is completing her second five-year term as university librarian. Brown will take an administrative leave before returning to work as a librarian in the Laurier Library.
"Sharon has been absolutely committed to Laurier and its libraries during her term as university librarian," said MacLatchy. “We are pleased that she has chosen to remain with Laurier in a new capacity.”