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Memorial: Paul Bernard Wiens, 1943–2020

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Paul Wiens

Paul Bernard Wiens, former university librarian for Queen’s University, died on November 19, 2020, at age 77.

After completing his studies at The University of British Columbia, Wiens enjoyed a long career in library leadership at the universities of Waterloo, Manitoba, Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, and, most recently, Queen’s. He served as university librarian at Queen’s in 1991–2010, where he led the library through several transitions, including the building and opening of Stauffer Library, the renovation of Douglas Library, the establishment of library services for students with disabilities, and the transition into the digital age. He was also engaged in national initiatives leading to such developments as the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).

Wiens was active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), serving on the ARL Board of Directors in 2007–2010, the Nominating Committee in 2010, and the Statistics and Assessment Committee in 2006–2008.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia.

To learn more about Wiens’s life and career, see his obituary and the video of his memorial service on the Merge9 website, and the memorial published by the Queen’s University Library.