I don't think it's necessary for the head of any library to be a librarian by training to do good work but you can be assured that the institution will suffer when there are no trained librarians in senior management.  Just such a situation has contributed greatly to the  current state of LAC.


Joe Wickens


On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM, Fred Popowich <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I had not looked closely at the details either.  I remember that there was a lot of criticism when Roch Carrier was named National Librarian, but in the end he did a lot of good work.


Fred Popowich

Deputy Chief Librarian

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

P.O. Box 276, New Glasgow, N.S.

B2H 5E3

902-755-6031    Fax 902-755-6775


From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kamennof-Sine,Lana
Sent: June 22, 2012 10:53 AM

To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [APLA] Parliamentary Librarian


While I too have philosophical challenges around individuals titled Librarian without possessing the degree I wonder if the functionality of the particular position is administrative/managerial in which case an individual with those skills and any other training could be suitable. Again, in an ideal world, it would be an individual with an understanding of the operational work conducted within libraries & by the varying staff.





Lana Kamennof-Sine

Kingstec Campus Librarian

236 Belcher St.

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6


[log in to unmask]





From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of MacDonald, Jacqueline
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 9:44 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [APLA] Parliamentary Librarian


That is exactly what I thought Michelle  ... It is not my intent to disparage economists* but calling an economist a librarian for convenience is wishy-washy.

There is a problem here, perhaps it is with terminology, perhaps with our own scope of practice and what we agree are the requirements for it.  Whatever it is, we should get it sorted out.


I wonder, is this similar to nutritionist and registered dietician – I think I could hang out a shingle to become a nutritionist this afternoon if I wanted to, but I believe I’d be required to successfully complete a course of study and an internship, prove competency and maintain registration (or licensure) to call myself a Registered Dietician. 





*Herbert A. Simon is one of my all time heroes


Sent to the APLA list intentionally



Jacqueline MacDonald, tri-District Manager

Library and Knowledge Management Services

Annapolis Valley Health, South Shore Health, Southwest Health and Dalhousie School of Nursing, Yarmouth Site

phone: 902 543 4604 x2273

email: [log in to unmask]



From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Helliwell, Michelle
Sent: June 22, 2012 8:38 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [APLA] Parliamentary Librarian


Thank you for this announcement.


At the risk of sounding incredibly naïve on the duties and matters of the Parliamentary Librarian – because I am, but asking this in the spirit of wanting some context – should I not be concerned that this person does not, in fact, hold the credentials to be a librarian? Particularly if she is providing leadership (or should be) to Library and Research Services to those who have the potential to influence policy makers at the highest level?


The Chief Medical Officer of Canada would never, ever be anyone but a physician. The CMA would have a fit, and rightly so.






Michelle Helliwell, MLIS, BA


Library and Knowledge Management Services

Shared Services (Dalhousie School of Nursing – Yarmouth Site, Annapolis Valley Health, South Shore Health, South West Health)

Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre

23 Earnscliffe Ave.  Wolfville, NS B4P 1X4

phone: 902.542.2347 fax: 902-542-4619

email: [log in to unmask]




From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Peter F. McNally, Prof.
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 3:36 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [APLA] Parliamentary Librarian


Prime Minister Harper nominates next Parliamentary Librarian


18 June 2012

Ottawa, Ontario


Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Sonia L'Heureux as the new Parliamentary Librarian.


"Ms. L'Heureux has been an integral member of the Library's management team since 2008 and has demonstrated the ability to lead the Library with vision and innovation", said the Prime Minister. "I am pleased that she has agreed to be nominated for this position."


The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank Mr. William Young – who served as Parliamentary Librarian from December 12, 2005, until December 11, 2011 – for his dedication, diligence and sound leadership during his tenure, and to wish him well in his future endeavours.


Holding a special place in Canadian history, the Library of Parliament is the last remaining part of the original Parliament building. It is a fully functioning library whose collection and services support the activities and decisions of Parliament. The control and management of the Library rests with the Parliamentary Librarian, who is appointed by the Governor in Council. Pursuant to Standing Order 111.1, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons will be tabling this nomination for referral to the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.



Ms. L’Heureux joined the Library of Parliament in 2008 as Assistant Parliamentary Librarian. Since February 2012, she has held the position of Associate Parliamentary Librarian and has been performing the duties and functions of Parliamentary Librarian since that time. She is also a member of the Standing Committee on the Library and Research Services for Parliament section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.


Prior to joining the Library of Parliament, she held the positions of Director General of Reorganization Implementation and Renewal Integration at Human Resources and Social Development Canada and Specialist Advisor, Tax Policy, at the Australian Treasury. She has also worked as a policy analyst at Finance Canada, Environment Canada and Energy, Mines and Resources Canada.


Ms. L’Heureux holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Université de Montréal.




CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE - The information contained in this e-mail may be confidential, privileged, or otherwise protected from disclosure. It is intended only for the use of the authorized individual(s) as indicated in the email message. Any unauthorized viewing, disclosure, copying, distribution or taking of any action based on the contents of this material is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender as a courtesy and delete the email and its attachments immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.
AVIS DE CONFIDENTIALITÉ : Les renseignements inclus dans ce courriel peuvent être confidentiels, privilégiés ou autrement protégés contre toute communication. Ils sont transmis à l'intention de la personne autorisée, tel qu'indiqué dans le message. Toute consultation, divulgation, copie, distribution ou autre action non autorisée liée au contenu de ce message est strictement interdite. Si vous avez reçu ce courriel par erreur, veuillez en aviser l'expéditeur et supprimer immédiatement le message ainsi que toute pièce jointe. Merci de votre coopération.

...   ­­  

Document Delivery Department Head
WK Kellogg Health Sciences Library
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Building
5850 College St
Halifax NS
B3H 1X5
[log in to unmask]
Phone 902-494-6329
Fax 902-494-3750

Visit our web site at: http://www.library.dal.ca/Services/Request