Born in Toronto in 1928. Worked in Ottawa.
Studied at McGill University where she earned her Bachelor in Library Sciences; received several LLD honours during her career.
Started her career as a law librarian at McGill University where she worked for 20 years, was also lecturer in the Faculty of Law from 1964 to 1974, and Director of Libraries at McGill University from 1975 to 1984.
Was the cofounder of the Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature which began in 1963.
Was the first woman to be appointed as National Librarian of Canada in Ottawa, a position she held from 1984-1999.
Was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Order of Canada in 1995.