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tbodak [Spicer, Erik John]
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-====== John Erik Spicer ======+====== Erik John Spicer ======
  
-b.Apr. 9, 1926, Ottawa; d. Sept. 27, 2015, Ottawa\\+b. Apr. 9, 1926, Ottawa; d. Sept. 27, 2015, Ottawa\\
  
 ===== Education: ===== ===== Education: =====
  
 BA 1948 Victoria College, University of Toronto\\ BA 1948 Victoria College, University of Toronto\\
-BLS 1949 School of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto\\ +BLS 1949 University of Toronto Library School\\ 
-MALS1959University of Michigan\\+MALS 1959 University of Michigan Department of Library Science\\
  
 ===== Positions: ===== ===== Positions: =====
  
-Librarian, Public Libraries of TorontoHamilton and Ottawa\\ +\\ 
-Librarian, Universities of Victoria and Michigan\\ +1949–1950 Librarian, University of Victoria LibraryUniversity of Toronto\\ 
-Assistant Librarian and Deputy Librarian, Ottawa Public Library\\ +1950–1952 Circulation and Reference Librarian, Ottawa Public Library\\ 
-1960-1994 Parliamentary Librarian of CanadaThe first professional librarian in the position.\\ +1953–1954 Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor\\ 
-1994-2014 Parliamentary Librarian Emeritus and Honorary Officer of the House of Commons and the Senate\\+1954–1959 Deputy Librarian, Ottawa Public Library\\ 
 +19601994 Parliamentary Librarian of Canada [The first professional librarian in the position]\\ 
 +19942014 Parliamentary Librarian Emeritus and Honorary Officer of the House of Commons and the Senate\\
  
 ===== Publications: ===== ===== Publications: =====
  
-Spicer, Erik J. (1955). Library co-operation in Canada: college and university libraries and public libraries. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association\\ +Spicer, Erik J. (1955). Library Co-Operation in Canada: College and University Libraries and Public Libraries. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association.\\ 
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-Spicer, Erik John (1959). Trade Unions in Libraries; the Experience in the United States. CLA Occasional paper, no.23. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association\\+Spicer, Erik J. (1959). “The Graphic Publishers Limited, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1924–1932: Special Research for the Department of Library Science, University of Michigan.” AMLS thesis, University of Michigan Department of Library Science.\\ 
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 +Spicer, Erik J. (1959). Trade Unions in Libraries; the Experience in the United States. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association. [CLA Occasional Paper, no. 23]\\ 
 + 
 +Spicer, Erik J(1964). “Report to the CLA-ACB on [the] Need for Professional Librarians, 1962–1967.” Canadian Library 17, no. 4158–165.\\ 
 + 
 +Spicer, Erik J. (1966). “Graduate Work for Advanced Degrees and Needed Canadian Library Schools [speech excerpts].” In Proceedings of the Canadian Library Association 21st Annual Conference, Calgary, June 19–25, 1966, pp. 32–33. Ottawa: The Association.\\ 
 + 
 +Spicer, Erik J. (1969). “The Case against a Two-Year First Degree Course for Librarians in Canada: A Personal View.” Canadian Library Journal 26, no. 4: 292–294.\\ 
 + 
 +Spicer, Erik J. (1970). “The Library of Parliament.” Ontario Library Review 54, no.: 74–79.\\ 
 + 
 +Spicer, Erik J. (1982). “International Library Information. The Canadian Role.” Canadian Library Journal 39, no. 4: 219–223.\\
  
 ===== Honours: ===== ===== Honours: =====
  
-1994 Member, Order of Canada\\+1962 Canadian Forces’ Decoration\\
 1979 Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Michigan\\ 1979 Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Michigan\\
 1989 Distinguished Graduate Medal, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto\\ 1989 Distinguished Graduate Medal, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto\\
 +1994 Member, Order of Canada\\
  
 ===== Accomplishments: ===== ===== Accomplishments: =====
  
 +Did wartime service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps, 1944–1945\\
 Longest continuing serving Parliamentary official with the rank of Deputy Minister.\\ Longest continuing serving Parliamentary official with the rank of Deputy Minister.\\
-Served under eight Prime Ministers and reported to 12 Speakers of the Senate and 10 Speakers of the House of Commons.\\ +Served under eight Prime Ministers and reported to twelve Speakers of the Senate and ten Speakers of the House of Commons.\\ 
-Canadian Library Associationlife member, president 1979/80\\ +Library Association of Ottawa, president 1955–1956\\ 
-Ontario Llibrary Associationlife member, president1962/63\\+Canadian Library Associationlife member, president 1979–1980\\ 
 +Ontario Library Associationlife member, president 1962–1963\\ 
 +Institute of Professional Librarians of Ontario, president 1959–1960\\
 Member of the Governor Generals’ Foot Guards. Retired in 1962 with the rank of Major\\ Member of the Governor Generals’ Foot Guards. Retired in 1962 with the rank of Major\\
-Did wartime service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Infantry Corp. `\\+Member, ex-officio, National Library Advisory Board, 1970–1973\\
  
 ===== Comments: ===== ===== Comments: =====
  
-“He often said that he had the best job in the world. Indeed, it provided him the opportunity to lead, build, teach – and serve his country – and he enthusiastically embraced the challenges put before him (including determinedly learning French). Eric also saw himself as the chief custodian and advocate of the beautiful and iconic Library of Parliament building itself. He loved it deeply and reveled in showing it off to visitors – from school children to royalty and heads of state – and telling the story of its history, most post particularly how it was saved from the great fire of 1916. For 34 years he happily occupied one of the finest government offices in Ottawa with a panoramic view of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Quebec and the hills beyond; and with an entrance leading from the Gothic splendor of the main reading room beyond."\\+“He often said that he had the best job in the world. Indeed, it provided him the opportunity to lead, build, teach – and serve his country – and he enthusiastically embraced the challenges put before him (including determinedly learning French). Eric also saw himself as the chief custodian and advocate of the beautiful and iconic Library of Parliament building itself. He loved it deeply and reveled in showing it off to visitors – from school children to royalty and heads of state – and telling the story of its history, most post particularly how it was saved from the great fire of 1916. For 34 years he happily occupied one of the finest government offices in Ottawa with a panoramic view of the Ottawa River, GatineauQuebec and the hills beyond; and with an entrance leading from the Gothic splendor of the main reading room beyond."\\
  
 ===== Sources: ===== ===== Sources: =====
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 Obituaries, Globe and Mail, Oct 27, 2014, p.S8\\ Obituaries, Globe and Mail, Oct 27, 2014, p.S8\\
 Ottawa Citizen,10/04/2014, [[http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=172685348|Obituary]] Accessed June 25, 2015\\ Ottawa Citizen,10/04/2014, [[http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=172685348|Obituary]] Accessed June 25, 2015\\
-Guest book\\+Engles, Ernie. “Tribute to Erik Spicer.” Feliciter 60, no. 6 (December 2014): 38.\\ 
  
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