Kathleen Matthews


Kathleen Matthews, B.Sc.(Biochemistry), M.L.S.(Library Science), B.A.(Anthropology), M.Sc Coursework (Earth & Ocean Sciences).

Subject Librarian (Physics & Astronomy; Biology & Forest Biology; Earth & Ocean Sciences; Anthropology); Science Research Data Librarian; Research & Development Librarian

University of Victoria Libraries
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria,British Columbia, V8W 3H5, Canada
Tel (250) 721-8271 Fax (250) 721-8235


As a Subject Librarian, I work with faculty and students in Physics & Astronomy, Biology & Forest Biology, Earth & Ocean Sciences, and Anthropology.

Subject specific Library Guides direct students and researchers to print/online books and journal articles, and other Library services, to support their discipline specific research and coursework: Forest Biology  Biology  Physics & Astronomy  Earth & Ocean Sciences  Anthropology

Subject specific Library Workshops are developed in consultation with Faculty and tailored to support classroom assignments and research. Students and researchers are invited to arrange in-office Reference Consultations to learn more about Libraries print/online journal and book collections specific to their research and learning.

As a Science Research Data Librarian, I work with UVic researchers interested in creating Research Data Managemen Plans and potentially archiving scientific research data in a Research Data Repository. Research Data Management Subject Guide.

As the Research & Development Librarian, I work towards implementing and enhancing Library specific software applications to support the libraries mission to provide effective and efficient access to online/print resources in support of research, teaching and learning.

I have been with the UVic Libraries since 1991 and have served in various capacities:


  • Anthropology Librarian (2016- )
  • Biology & Forest Biology Librarian (2011- )
  • Earth & Ocean Sciences Librarian (2011- )
  • Science Research Data Librarian (2011- )
  • Physics & Astronomy Librarian (2009- )
  • Chemistry Librarian (2009-2018 )
  • Research & Development Librarian (2003- )


  • Data Services Librarian - Social Sciences (2004-2011)
  • Information Services Librarian - Anthropology, Biology & Forest Biology, Indigenous Studies, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Geography (1996-2003)
  • Systems Librarian (1991-1996)

My degrees & academic pursuits include:

  • B.Sc. (McGill - Biochemistry)
  • M.L.S. (UBC - Masters Library Science; Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship)
  • B.A. (UVic - Anthropology)
  • Courses towards an M.Sc. (UVic/SEOS - PaleoClimate & Human Migration & Adaptation).

Prior to UVic, I was engaged in Systems Analysis and held the following positions:

  • Systems Engineer (IBM)
  • Senior Systems Analyst (BCIT),
  • Programmer Analyst (UBC Library Systems)
  • Library Systems Design and Support Analyst (Sydney Development Corp)
  • An array of part time contract positions while children were young:
    • Sessional Instructor in Information Systems (Capilano College)
    • Technical Writer (Vancouver based Software Consulting Firm)
    • Library Systems Consultant (implementing Intergrated Library Systems)
    • On-call Reference Librarian (public and academic libraries)