Acceptance remarks - 2013 Anne Galler Award winner Louise Carpentier

Louise Carpentier

(Louise Carpentier)

Acceptance Remarks –2013 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service –Recipient  Louise E. Carpentier

Good evening/ bonsoir,

Thank you to the three members of the Selection Committee for the Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service for selecting me as the 2013 Award recipient. It is such an honour and a pleasure to receive this award from one’s peers and to join the list of past distinguished recipients of the Award.

The award comes at an opportune time in my life and career. As you heard earlier I recently retired from the Concordia University Libraries. Also I worked as a part-time Sessional Lecturer at the School of Information Studies at McGill University for close to twenty years teaching the course, Government Information. But the Award is also special as I knew and respected Anne Galler so much! Anne was such a dedicated supporter of libraries and library associations and a dynamic person. While we both worked in the same educational institution for many years on different campuses, Anne was very much involved in the educational aspects of library science.  I was more of a practitioner working with and publishing about government information. But our paths soon met along the way in our careers including our interest in government publications and reference work and our respective dedication and delight in teaching students.  I remember the hundreds of former graduate students now librarians or information specialists who do us so proud working in various types of libraries, archives, and documentation centers. I recognized that a number of you actively contribute time and energy to library associations, such as the ABQLA.  

Over the past several decades librarians have experienced and coped with many changes in our profession. For example, government documents in paper and on microform have gradually become known as government information. Government information has become increasingly available in electronic and audio formats, especially on the Web for self-service access and flexibility of use. Gradually some of the information is being digitized for conservation purposes. How government information librarianship has been transformed!

The many developments and improvements in library practices, services and their delivery, technological knowhow, and outreach activities and programming are a testimony to the resiliency of libraries, librarians and support staff. It remains that libraries operate in a broader social, economic, cultural and political world in which the presence and influence of governments on our lives and the library field is continually evolving.

The speakers at ABQLA annual conferences continue to communicate new practices, challenges, and trends in librarianship and other relevant fields that can affect librarianship. For example, today we heard the interesting presentations on assessments in libraries. Given the budgetary reductions in the aftermath of the financial crisis, this is likely to gain further importance going forward.

I note the increase in the professional responsibilities and educational qualifications for librarians and their evolving working conditions. There is an increased participation in administrative and governance issues. Principally in a university setting, research and scholarship and external activities have been added to many librarians’ responsibilities.

It remains essential to continue our active participation in professional, educational, and governmental bodies. In doing so we apply the skills and values of our library profession and are also developed and rewarded as individuals. Also, we have a responsibility to encourage and motivate others to participate in such bodies as the ABQLA.

In closing, as the recipient of the 2012 Award remarked “I did not get to the point in my career by myself”.  There are individuals to thank: first, Helen, Mary and Marjorie of the Sir George Williams University Libraries for believing in me as a young bilingual librarian fresh out of library school in 1968; the subsequent library administrators, talented librarian colleagues and helpful library staff in the Concordia University Libraries, including those who volunteered me for committee work, participation in library-related associations, and presentation of papers at conferences. I wish to recognize Professor Peter McNally – a recipient of the 2010 Anne Galler Award – for providing me with the opportunity to become in 1993 a sessional lecturer for the elective course on government information in Information Studies, McGill University.

Thank you to my husband Lawrence for his support and guidance; and to Luigina Vileno, our ABQLA President, Guylaine Beaudry, and Sonia Poulin, three Librarian colleagues from the Concordia University Libraries who were so thoughtful and persuasive in their presentation of my candidacy for the 2013 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service. Finally, I wish “to thank you, my professional colleagues, for so honouring me this evening”.