Presentation of the 2013 Anne Galler Award to Louise Carpentier

Luigina Vileno, Peter McNally, Louise Carpentier, Sonia Poulin

(L to R, Luigina Vileno, Peter McNally, Louise Carpentier, Sonia Poulin)


2013 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service

Written by Guylaine Beaudry, Sonia Poulin, Luigina Vileno

Presented by Luigina Vileno

Bonsoir, c'est avec plaisir que ce soir je vous présente la récipiendaire du prix Anne Galler pour 2013, Madame Louise Carpentier. Louise, j'aurai bien aimé faire cette présentation en français, mais, puisque mes émotions risquent d'être fortes ce soir, je vais continuer en anglais....

The purpose of the Anne Galler Award is to recognize an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and who has made a lasting contribution to the profession.  Ms. Carpentier has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to librarianship, through her professional practice, her involvement in professional associations, her numerous publications and presentations and her teaching at McGill University’s Graduate School of Information Studies.

For over forty years, Louise has taken a leadership role in the development and management of government document collections.  At Concordia University, she headed the Government Information Services Unit.  Over the years, she helped shaped the library services that we have today.   She has built collections with the greatest of care, dedication and a keen eye for quality, collections that will continue to serve Concordia’s students and faculty for many years.  She has guided and patiently assisted countless professors and students with their research and academic pursuits, the impact of which is immeasurable. 

Louise also brought her outstanding energy and dedication to a range of professional activities, beyond the Concordia Libraries.  Over the years, she participated in numerous task forces and committees.  She chaired the CREPUQ Groupe de travail sur les publications gouvernementales et internationales and was involved in many committees for ASTED and the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Québec.  At the national level, she represented the province of Quebec on the Library Advisory Committee, Depository Services Program, Public Works and Government Services Canada and she chaired the Task Force on the Use of Statistics Canada Products in Libraries.  At the local level, she was a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at McGill University.

Louise’s contributions to librarianship have been exemplary as has been her willingness to share her knowledge and expertise.   Many of us have benefited from this on numerous occasions and over the years, we all have turned to her for assistance.  She has always been warm and welcoming, treating all questions with the greatest respect, no matter what, and answering them most thoroughly.  As a lecturer at McGill’s School of Information Studies, Louise is very highly regarded by her students.  She continues to have a major impact on the emerging generation of information professionals.  Her enthusiasm and passion for her subject are infectious and quite irresistible. 

Louise has consistently been writing and presenting on all things related to government documents.  For example, for many years she was the Quebec Regional Editor for the Journal of Government Information. She has published in several journals, including The Government Publications Review, Microform Review, and Resources for Feminist Research.  She has presented at numerous conferences and meetings, including the 2010 ABQLA Annual Conference.

For many years, I have had the pleasure of working with Louise and I have always admired her so much.  I am very happy to see her recognized with the Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service. Congratulations Louise!