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Bee-Bop to Hip-Hop: More than 50 years in Library and Information Science / by Nancy Williamson (2014)

This paper looks, more or less chronologically, at changes in methods of storing of information, changes in methods of retrieval, and the factors that have precipitated those changes–especially, but not only, computer technology over the past half century from the perspective of one librarian educator.



The Art Museum and Public Library under a Single Roof: a Nineteenth-Century Ideal Pursued at Toronto Public Library from 1883 to Word War I / by Mary F. Williamson (published 2006 in Ontario History)An Adobe PDF file.

James Bain, Toronto's chief librarian between 1883 to 1908, was a proponent of tan international movement to physically integrate libraries, art galleries, and museums. From the beginning, the Toronto library received large donations of artworks, fine arts books, exhibition catalogs, and periodicals along with huge collections of Canadian manuscripts and documents. Additionally, Bain eagerly encouraged purchases of fine art. Although the Art Museum of Toronto leased exhibition from 1909 through 1913, the differences between the two institutions kept them from being physically integrated. However, the Toronto Public Library became known for its collections of historical art, rare art books, and art exhibits.



Celebrating Canada's Stunning Urban Library Branches / by Barbara Clubb (2017)

Over the past decade, new and renovated public library branches have been showcasing our great Canadian architects and their most spectacular, innovative works. This article is the first of a continuing series on stunning new and renovated library branches in Canada. You will be inspired and warmly welcomed by visiting them! First in a series on Canadian library architecture including Brampton (Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library), Calgary (Nose Hill branch), Edmonton (Jasper Place branch), Mississauga Meadowvale Community Centre and Library), Ottawa (Beaverbrook branch), Toronto (Scarborough Civic Centre branch), Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library) and, Waterloo (John M. Harper branch).



Canadian Cities' Red Hot Library Development, 2018 / by Barbara Clubb [HTML version, 2018]

(Download, read or print an Adobe PDF version of this article by clicking this link )

In 2018, Canada’s urban libraries are continuing their aggressive development of new and renewed branch facilities as innovative, interactive and integrated community hubs. Learn more about Edmonton’s, Calder branch, Halifax’s Dartmouth North and Musquodoboit branches, Kingston-Frontenac’s Rideau Heights branch, Lethbridge’s Main Branch Modernization Project, Markham’s Aaniin branch, Bibliothèques Montréal’s Benny branch, Regina’s Albert Branch at mâmawêyatitân centre, Toronto’s Albion, Amesbury Park and Eglinton Square branches, Vaughan’s Pleasant Ridge and Vellore Village branches, Victoria’s sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay branch and Winnipeg’s Windsor Park branch. Second in a series on Canadian library architecture.


An 'Apostle of Books and Reading:' George Herbert Locke / by Lorne Bruce (July 2019) An Adobe PDF file.

George H. Locke, chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library between 1908 and 1937, was Canada’s foremost librarian in the first part of the twentieth century. During this period free public libraries and librarianship in Ontario expanded rapidly due to the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie, improvements in library education, and the influence of American library developments. Locke’s outlook in library work was guided by his Methodist upbringing, his association with John Dewey’s contribution to American progressive education, and the Anglo-Canadian academic tradition of British Idealism. As director of Toronto’s library system, he brought his ambitious ideas to bear in many ways most notably the building of neighbourhood branches, library service for children, formal education for librarians, and the idea of the public library as a municipal partner in the self-education of adult Canadians. By the end of the 1920s, Toronto’s public library system was recognized as one of the best in North America and George Locke’s reputation as a progressive leader had vaulted him to the Presidency of the American Library Association. For Locke, libraries and librarianship served the public interest by delivering knowledge and by guiding individual self-development through experiential learning and transcendent ideals.

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