Victoria Owen

Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough

Victoria Owen is the Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She was Director of Library Services at CNIB Library for the Blind prior to joining the University. Her background is in library administration in academic, special and public libraries. Victoria holds a Master’s in Library Science and a Master’s in Law, specializing in intellectual property. She has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer on information policy at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Her research focus is the policy space occupied by libraries and librarians and the representation of the public interest in copyright. She is the past chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’(IFLA) Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee, past chair of the Canadian Library Association’s Copyright Advisory Committee and she has represented IFLA at WIPO and UNESCO, advocating for reasonable and balanced policies as they relate to access to knowledge and preservation of library and archival materials.