Fonds 42 - Library Fonds

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Library Fonds

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  • 1962-2019 (Creation)

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2.5 m of textual records
12 coloured posters
3 bookplates
9 floor plans
6 photo albums
2 architectural plans
1 sign

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Administrative history

The Library was first located in a wing of the Calvin B. Hanson Chapel, and consisted of several shelves filled with books. In 1965, the Vernon Strombeck Library was built and dedicated on October 23. In 1971, the Library building was renovated, and in 1972, the Women's Missionary Society embarked on a "Library Volumes Project" to expand the collections. Portables were added in 1983 to provide more space for researchers.

Under David Twiest's (1971-2003) leadership, library services and collections were greatly expanded. Twiest served on many College and University committees, contributing to the campus community in many capacities. In addition, he initiated and participated in a variety of wider community endeavours, including the McMillan Park project and the Langley Library Advisory Commission/Committee.

In 1988 a new library building was constructed at a more central campus location. This project required that Faculty House be moved, and Hubbard House be demolished. In January of 1989 the new library was officially opened, and in 1994, a naming ceremony was held for the Norma Marion Alloway Library.

Over the summer of 2019, the main floor of the building was renovated to include the Learning Commons department that included Academic Advising. Coaching and Study Skills, and the Writing Centre. The following summer, after a flood, saw the renovation of the lower level that included the removal of carpets to expose cement floors and updated bathrooms.

On October 1st, the Dr. Hans and Colleen Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collections reading room opened. Envisioned as a teaching resource to support scholarship, in particular the Inklings Institute of Canada, and enrich the broader Christian community, the donation consists predominately of the work of C.S. Lewis although it includes other Inklings’ members and fiction influencers.

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The fonds consists of records dating from 1962 to 2009 that document the activities, functions, and decisions of the Director of Libraries. It provides a unique source of information regarding the establishment and expansion of services and resources available to students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and community borrowers, at the University Library.

Series within the fonds include:
Series 01: Correspondence and Memoranda
Series 02: Minutes of Meetings
Series 03: Financial Records
Series 04: Reports and Planning documents; Proposals
Series 05: Events; Newspaper Clippings
Series 06: Policies and Procedures
Series 07: Community Projects

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  • Photo album documenting the history of the library, 1963 to 1988; Bay 2
  • See also Fonds 41

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Further accruals to this fonds are expected

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December 05, 2002<br/>October 25, 2012<br/>Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:51:07 PM by SylviaS<br/>Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:16:51 AM by Keharn.Yawnghwe<br/>Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:31:15 AM by SylviaS<br/>Saturday, November 13, 2004 10:36:02 AM by SylviaS<br/>Saturday, November 13, 2004 10:33:53 AM by SylviaS<br/>Friday, August 15, 2003 3:12:30 PM by sylvias<br/>Friday, January 24, 2003 4:53:32 PM by sylvias<br/>Friday, January 17, 2003 3:10:19 PM by sylvias<br/>Thursday, December 05, 2002 4:04:55 PM by SylviaS<br/>Thursday, December 05, 2002 3:48:52 PM by SylviaS<br/>Thursday, December 05, 2002 3:20:15 PM by SylviaS

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  • Box: Bay 14
  • Box: Bay 15
  • Box: Bay 5
  • Box: Bay 18