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Katharine Lucy Ball

b. 1904, Toronto, Ont.; d. 1991, Toronto, Ont.


BA 1926 (Toronto); BA  1928 (Oxon), MA 1951 (Oxon): BLS 1947 (Toronto)


1928-1942 Circulation and Reference Departm4ents, University of Toronto Library

1942-1945 Royal Canadian Air Force, Women's Division

1945-1947 Cataloguer, University of Toronto Library

1947-1951 Cataloguer, University of Toronto Library

1951-1959 Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Library School

1959-1964 Associate Professor, University of Toronto Library School

1964-1970 Professor, University of Toronto, School of Library Science

1970-1991 Professor Emerita


Ball, Katharine L. et. al. comps  (1968).  Sample Catalogue Cards exemplifying the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. 3rd ed.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Ball, Katharine L., supervising ed. (1969). The Code and the cataloguer: proceedings of  the Colloquium on the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules at the School of Library  Science, University of Toronto on March 31 and April 1, 1967.   Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Ball, Katharine L. (1962). “International  conference on cataloguing rules and principles.” Canadian library  18 (1): 147-155.

Associations / Committees:

1954-1967 Member, Advisory Board, ALA, Catalog Code Revision Committee

1959-1960 Chair, ALA, CCS, Cataloging Policy and Research Committee

1961 Official CLA Delegate to the International Conference of Cataloguing Principles, Paris, France.

1961 Chair, Canadian Institute on Cataloguing Principles and Rules

1964-1965 Chair ALA Margaret Mann Citation Committee

Chair, CLA Cataloguing Section

Director at large, ALA, Library Education Division


Government of Canada, Centennial Medal
First Canadian to be awarded the ALA Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and   Classification “for distinguished service to librarianship through international activities in cataloging, teaching, publication and participation in professional Associations in Canada and the United States”. ( Library Resources &Technical Services)


President, Canadian Library Association
Chair, CLA, Cataloging and Classification Section Member and Chair, Richmond Hill Public Library Board First woman president, Faculty Club of the University of Toronto Chair, Ontario Regional Group of Cataloguers

Other areas of Activity:

By 1945, achieved the rank of Squadron Officer with the position of Staff officer in the RCAF Women's Division, with no.6 Canadian Bomber Group.


From the Margaret Mann Citation:  “ A dynamic person, with alert grasp of principles and gifted performance, she has had profound influence on cataloging theory and practice in Canada and, with charming, enthusiastic leadership has achieved agreement among Canadian and American catalogers.”

In the OLA News :  She brought to her students a wise understanding of library objectives, high professional competence in her particular field of cataloguing and classification, the outstanding teacher's invaluable gift of presenting lucidly both theoretical insights and pragmatic approaches, a delightful sense of humor, and a blessed common sense.“


Bishop, Olga. (1970). “Katharine L. Ball - a tribute.”  Canadian Library Journal 27 (September- December):342-344.

Cockshutt, Margaret E. (1970). “Katharine  L. Ball.” OLA News 8 (4):4.

Fraser, Lorna D. (1969). “Katharine L. Ball.” Library Resources & Technical Services 13 (4, Fall):545-548.

Obit., Globe and Mail,  April 23, 1991

Biography file, University of Toronto,  Faculty of Information.

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