Head, Preservation Services Department
University of Toronto Libraries


1979 - 1983 University of Toronto
Faculty of Library and Information Science - MLS

1971 - 1972 University College London, England
Department of Library and Information Science - Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science.

1967 - 1970 University College London, England
B.A. (Honours) English Language and Literature

1984, 1985 Columbia University Summer School
Preservation courses


1980 - Present University of Toronto Libraries

1984 - Present Head, Preservation Services, University of Toronto Libraries

Project Director, Early Canadiana Online. This was a special initiative (1997-1999) between the University of Toronto Libraries, the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, the National Library of Canada, and Laval University. Co-ordinated staff, several committees and consultants to develop full text searchable bilingual database of 3200 early Canadiana titles. Project included a usage and economic study. Scanning was done from microfiche, OCR run and multitext search engine applied (See:

Responsible for developing policy, setting up procedures and establishing preservation practices across the Library system

Implement training programmes for staff and library users in preservation related areas

Manage and supervise staff of 19 in Reprographics and Binding

Responsible for disaster planning, response and training library wide

Work on local, national and international preservation issues

Put together various grant proposals to raise funds for preservation

Supervise University of Toronto Back in Print Project to supply digitised books to Japan

Theses co-ordinator for U of T Library - Work on Electronic Theses Project
1980 - 1984 Acquisition Librarian Serials Department

1979 - 1980 Librarian (Cataloguer) North York Public Library, Canadiana Collection North York, Ontario

1976 - 1979 Librarian (Cataloguer) University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library

1975 - 1976 Librarian (Original Cataloguer) University of Manitoba Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1972 - 1974 Librarian (Reference) British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics London, England

1972 - 1973 Librarian (Periodicals) Ministry of Defence Library London, England


1999 - Chair, Preservation Advisory Council, Research Libraries Group

1998 - New York State Preservation Grant Proposals, Reviewer

1997 - 1999 Member of Preservation Advisory Council, Research Libraries Group

1996 - 1997 Member of Research Libraries Group Working Group on Preservation and Reformatting Information

1995 - Member of Research Libraries Group, Preserv

1994 -National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC
Review preservation grant proposals submitted for funding

1992 - Periodic Invitational Meetings - Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC
Participate, as one of 10 invited Preservation Administrators, in discussions on future direction of preservation

1994 - Member of Commission on Preservation and Access, Science Advisory Council

1992 ARL Invitational Meeting, Washington, DC
Participated in discussions on future directions for preservation

1992 - 1993 CLA Workshops on Preservation Microfilming, Halifax, Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto
Taught one day workshops

1993 - 1994 Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM)
Participated on advisory committee dealing with future technological directions for CIHM.

1992 - Faculty of Library and Information Science
Teach MLS course on Preservation of Recorded Information

1992 - 1997 Faculty of Library and Information Science
Taught continuing education preservation courses

1994 - Canadian General Standards Board
Participate on Paper Permanence Committee

1989 Canadian Microfilming Co-operative
Participated in a group, including five Canadian Universities and the National Library, that obtained $1.2M in Mellon funding. Served on two national committees - on one as Chair - to implement a Canadian microfilming consortium and a Canadian Microfilming manual as a product of this funding

1988 - 1995 Technical Subcommittee - Chairman's Committee for the Preservation of Documentary Heritage
Represented University of Toronto on committee evaluating feasibility of a mass deacidification system for Ontario libraries and archives

1985 - Preservation Administrators of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group PARS, ALA
Participate representing University of Toronto

1984 - 1987 CACUL Preservation Committee

1977 - ALA


1999 - Canadian Library Association Annual Conference. Presentation on Early Canadiana Online project

1999 - Ontario Library Association. Super Conference. Presentation on Early Canadiana Online project

1998 - Joint RLG NPO Conference on Digital Archiving, Warwick, Eng.
The Canadian Perspective on Digital Preservation

1997 Council of Federal Libraries Ottawa, ON
Fall meeting. Presentation on the Back In Print project

1996 National Preservation Forum Ottawa, ON

1996 Association of Jewish Public Libraries
Annual Convention. Speaker: "Preservation Old and New"

1994 Information Canada Trade Show
Staffed Xerox Canada booth to demonstrate University of Toronto digitising project

1994 Intercity Paper and Guests Toronto, ON
Two fund raising presentations

1993 Commission on Preservation and Access Baltimore, MD
Presentation on "Buying Science"

1993 OLA Annual Meeting
Presentation on Digitisation

1992 Canadian Collection Development Institute
Presentation on "Preservation and the Collection Manager"

1992 President Prichard's University of Toronto Fund Raising Dinner
Presentation on "Donations to the Library"

1991 National Archives of Canada
Course on disaster planning and preparedness

1990 OCULA Winterbreak
Presentation on mass deacidification

1989 CIC Group on Mass Deacidification
Presentation to 10 mid-west U.S. libraries on the Toronto Mass Deacidification Report


1994 CBC Toronto
Federal Government hearings on preservation of audio-visual materials

1989 CJRT Radio, CBC Radio and Television, CTV, Barrie Television, CIUT Radio, U of T Bulletin, APUS and Senior Alumni Group
Interviews and presentations given mainly on the brittle book problem and possible solutions


1999 ALA Annual Conference New Orleans, LA

1999 Virtual Libraries Conference , NYPL/BNF New York, NY

1999 Emory University RLG Digital Libraries Forum Atlanta, GA

1999 Official Launch of ECO - Governor General's Residence Ottawa, ON

1999 Toronto ECO Launch - RBD (UofT) Toronto, ON

1999 Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries Meeting Ottawa, ON

1999 Digital Resources in the Humanities 99 London, England

1998 Electronic Book 98 Gaithersburg, MD

1998 ALA Annual Meeting Washington, DC

1998 ALA Midwinter Meeting New Orleans, LA

1997 Digital Resources in the Humanities 97 Oxford, England

1997 Managing Digital Projects Workshop, RLG Washington, DC

1996 ALA Annual Meeting New York, NY

1996 Annual Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing University of Illinois

1996 OCLC Library Directors Conference Dublin, OH

1995 RLG Conference on Selection for Scanning Washington, DC

1995 ALA Annual Meeting Chicago, IL

1995 NEDCC Symposium on Digitising Boston, MA

1994 National Preservation Forum Ottawa, ON

1994 RLG Digitising Symposium Ithaca, NY

1994 ALA Annual Meeting Miami, FL

1994 ALA Midwinter Meeting Los Angeles, CA

1993 ALA Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA

1993 ALA Midwinter Meeting Denver, CO
1992 ALA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA

1992, 1993 Invitational Meetings of the Commission on Preservation and Access Baltimore, MD (1992), Washington, DC (1993)

1992 Invitational Meeting of ARL Advisory Group Washington, DC


1999 Canadian Perspective on Digital Archiving (in Guide lines for Digital
Archiving, NPO/RLG.
London, Eng: NPO, 1999.

1996 Preservation Activities in Canada: A Unifying Theme in a Decentralised Country. Washington, DC. Commission on Preservation and Access, 1996.

1992 Mass Deacidification. Conservation Administration News, Spring 1992.

1990 Mass Deacidification Systems: Planning and Managerial Decision Making. ARL - Washington, DC

1986 CACUL Preservation Survey Felicter - 1986

1986 Preventative Preservation Focus - vol. 12, no. 3, 1986

1986 Sources and Resources for Preserving Your Library's Materials Focus - vol. 12, no. 3, 1986.

1988 - Canadian Library Journal, Canadian Journal of Information Science
Book reviews


German, French, Latin

January 6, 2000