Jonathan Bengtson

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Biography

Jonathan Bengtson is the University Librarian at the University of Victoria, only the third person to hold the position since the foundation of University in 1963.

Since the mid-1990s, he has been a director of academic and special libraries in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, including, most recently, appointments at the University of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto where he was also a Fellow. Previous to coming to Canada he was head librarian at Corpus Christi College and The Queen’s College, University of Oxford; as well as the executive director of the Providence Athenaeum in the US.

Bengtson has a summa cum laude BA from the University of California – Santa Cruz, an M.Phil. in history from the University of Oxford, and an MLIS from University College London, UK where he was awarded the Sir John MacAlister Medal for distinction in the degree. He is the current President of Canadiana.org, the world’s largest digital collection of Canadian cultural heritage materials, the current President of the British Columbia Electronic Library Network, the Vice-President/President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and serves on various boards within and outside of the profession, including the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and, until recently, the Pacific Opera Victoria.

He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the new peer-reviewed, open access journal KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies.