Thursday, July 7, 2011

Adèle de Guerry Languedoc


Born in 1904 in Tadoussac, Quebec.

Studied at McGill University in Montreal in 1929.

Also studied at Columbia University and obtained a Bachelor of Library Service in 1946.

Worked in France after the Second World War where she set up the first children's library outside Paris.

Was hired in 1951 as Accessions Librarian at the Canadian Bibliographic Centre in Ottawa, the forerunner of Library and Archives Canada.

Developed the Canadiana acquisitions program and became well known for her expert detective work in discovering Canadian authors.

In 1964, was appointed Assistant National Librarian, a position held until her retirement in 1969.

Upon her death in December 1993, the National Library News paid tribute to her achievements: "To all her work, she brought a broad, deep knowledge and experience of Canada's French and English traditions".

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