Professional Profile : Leonora Crema

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LEONORA CREMA is Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library. She is also Co-Ordinator for the UBC Scholarly Publication Fund and UBC Open Access Fund, each a joint initiative with the Provost and VP Research & Innovation, UBC Vancouver.

From 2006-2015, Crema served as UBC’s Associate University Librarian for Client Services & Programs, as AUL for Planning and Community Relations, and as Director, External Relations, for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Prior to this she held management roles spanning public services, project management, and IT.

Active in professional associations, including serving as President of the British Columbia Library Association, Crema speaks regularly on topics such as leadership, technology innovation and library space design. She has been involved in the programmatic design or construction of three library buildings on the UBC campus including the Walter C. Koerner Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and a high-density storage and preservation facility.

Crema has received a variety of career recognitions including a national award for innovation from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers, and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries’ award for outstanding contributions to the consortium.  She holds Master of Arts and Master of Library Science degrees from the University of British Columbia.

Twitter: @leonoracrema
ORCID:  0000-0003-2065-5509

Selected presentations:

Building Partnerships with Research Administration,  Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise Symposium, Washington, DC, December 2019.

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference, Atlanta, GA, “Using Innovative Ideas and Team Building to Drive Organizational Change,” October 2019.

The Library as OER Publisher. Library Publishing Forum annual conference, Vancouver, BC.  May 2019.

“Opening the Box on Open Textbooks and OERs,” Library Publishing Forum annual conference, Vancouver, BC, May 2019.

Innovation in Open Scholarship, UBC Library, March 7, 2019.

“The Collection Has Left the Building: Now What?”  Preconference Presentation, Organizational Change, Facilities and Workflow Design. Designing Libraries VII Conference, University of Calgary, September 2018.

“Open Scholarship in Practice seminar explores inclusive intersections between research and pedagogy,” Open UBC, October 23, 2017.  Co-author with Zachary Foote.

“Rethinking the Organization as You Redesign Space,” 5th Designing Libraries Conference, Calgary, AB, September 2016.

Speaker and Mentor, Pacific Northwest Library Association, PNLA Leads: Leadership Development Program, Port Townsend, WA, October 2017

“Shared Print Networks,” Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Spring Meeting, Berkeley CA, May 2015.

“Do We All Need to Keep That: Shared Print Archiving in COPPUL,” BC Library Conference, Richmond, BC, May 2013

“Print Archive Networking,” ALA Midwinter Conference, Seattle WA, January 2013

“Inspiring Libraries,”  Libraries and Literacy Summit, Vancouver, BC December 2012

“From Collections to Connections: Designing Space for University-Community Interaction.”  Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary AB, May 2012

“BC Books Online,” BC Library Conference, “BC Books Online”, Victoria, BC, April 2011

Organizer, Canadian University Publishing in a Digital Age: A symposium held on the UBC campus under the auspices of the G13 Provosts, March 2010

Lead Organizer, BC Digitization Symposium, Vancouver, BC December 2008

Canadian Council for Advancement of Education ProFusion Conference, “Alumni Education: Maintaining an Intellectual Connection,” November 2008


Publications and grants

Co-author with Devina Dandar and Carmen Kazakoff-Lane, Research Metrics Issue Brief, COPPUL Scholarly Communications Working Group, June 2019.

Co-author with H. Thomas Hickerson, “Reinventing Libraries for Research in the Digital Age,” Research Fortnight, March 13, 2019.

Library Support for Open Textbook and Open Educational Resource (OER) Creation.  UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grant, 2018-19.

Co-author with Zachary Foote. “Open Scholarship in Practice seminar explores inclusive intersections between research and pedagogy,” Open UBC, October 23, 2017.

Co-author with Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Laine Farley, Mike Furlough, Judith Russell, Laura Wood.  Shared Print Fact Sheet.  (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2015). Accessed at:

Co-author with Ted Dodds, Peter Milroy, Walter Stewart. Canadian University Publishing in a Digital Age: Symposium held under the auspices of the G13 Provost: Proceedings (Vancouver, BC: 2010).

UBC Library Master Space Plan, Vancouver, BC: 2008.

Co-author with Erik de Bruijn.  Towards 2000 and Beyond. (Vancouver, BC: 1994.) LCCN : Z736 B72 C74 1994

Report, BCLA Task Force on Administrative Restructuring (Burnaby, BC: BCLA), 1993.

Chief Editor and Contributor, BCLA Reporter (Burnaby, BC: BC Library Association, 1990-1994).

Student services survey : a summary of services offered by BC post-secondary libraries to students of other BC post-secondary institutions  (Vancouver: Academic Librarians in Public Services, 1989).

Contributor, Sheila Latham and Alexander Slade, eds. Library Services for Off-Campus and Distance Education: An Annotated Bibliography. (Ottawa:  Canadian Library Association, 1989).