Library & Archives welcomes new University Archivist!


The Library & Archives at Trent University is pleased to welcome Karen Suurtamm as University Archivist and Head, Special Collections as of August 1, 2022 for a 3 year term. We look forward to Karen playing an integral role in the Library & Archives as well as supporting researchers, faculty and students. 

Karen Surrtamm photographKaren comments, "I am honoured to steward Trent’s collection of university and private records and Canadiana, and to cultivate a community-engaged space that contributes to teaching, research, and community building at Trent. My teaching and research have underscored, for me, how memory work can be a collective, community practice of stewardship, led by an ethics of care, and I am excited at the prospect of putting this thinking into practice."

Karen previously held the role of Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where she taught courses in the Archives and Records Management concentration. Karen has worked as a records manager and archivist in academic archives, including Victoria University, York University, and the University of Toronto. She is an active member of the professional archival community, including sitting on the Editorial Board of Archivaria and chairing the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Communications Committee. In addition to her archival experience, she has worked as a freelance researcher and teaching assistant at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Trent University.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Humanities with a concentration in English Literature from Carleton University, an MA in English Literature from Concordia University, and a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies at Trent, where she is conducting SSHRC-funded research on the archives of incarceration.

Please join us in welcoming Karen to Trent University. Karen welcomes researchers, faculty and students to visit the archives or get in touch by emailing or