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Discovering the Library of Parliament

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 3210

"Discovering the Library of Parliament: The role of the Library in supporting the Parliament of Canada"

The Library of Parliament is an organization with deep traditions as well as modern, constantly evolving services.  Parliamentary Librarian, Dr. Heather Lank, along with two Western alumni from the Library of Parliament executive team, will talk about the role of the Library in supporting the Parliament of Canada, and the role that a dynamic and diverse staff have in delivering their mandate.

The Parliamentary Librarian’s talk will be of interest not only to the students and faculty of the Master of Library and Information Science program, but to those in the faculty of Law, Political Science, Economics, and indeed subject-matter specialists in the sciences and social sciences.

Everyone is welcome.


Heather Lank, Parliamentary Librarian
Bio: As Parliamentary Librarian, Dr. Lank oversees the management of the Library and reports to the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons, who are responsible for the direction and control of the Library of Parliament. Dr. Lank joined the federal public service in 1990 as an operational auditor for the Correctional Service of Canada. She began her career with the Senate of Canada in 1991 as a committee clerk and assumed progressively more senior leadership roles over 27 years, including serving as Principal Clerk of Committees and Principal Clerk of Chamber Operations and Procedure. Born in Arvida, Quebec, and educated in Switzerland, the United States, and Canada, Dr. Lank holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Toronto.

Sonia Bebbington, Director General, Information and Document Resource Service.
Bio: Sonia Bebbington is Director General, Information and Document Resource Service at the Library of Parliament, a position she has held for over three years.  With her leadership team and her total staff complement of about 70, she is the senior executive librarian leading all aspects of collection development, collection description, access and optimization, preservation, and digitization.  Sonia has been with the Library of Parliament for a total of nine years, and was previously at various government departmental libraries since starting her career in 1999, the year she graduated from Western’s MLIS program.   Sonia holds as well an undergraduate degree with Honors from King’s College at Western, as well as a Masters Degree in English Language and Literature.

Kristen Douglas, Senior Director, Legal and Social Affairs Division.
Bio: Kristen Douglas is Senior Director of the Legal and Social Affairs Division, one of two research divisions in the Parliamentary Information and Research Service at the Library of Parliament.  Kristen joined the Library as an analyst in 1990, became a manager in 2008, and has been in her current role for 9  years.  PIRS has a professional staff of over 90 analysts and research assistants in two research divisions, along with over 50 librarians in a third division, providing independent, reliable information and analysis to parliamentarians and parliamentary committees. Research staff work across disciplines to support parliament’s varied knowledge requirements, and although the political environment is crowded with information sources, we are unique in providing content in so many fields and without partisan spin.   Our analysts are lawyers, economists, political and social scientists, natural scientists, or come from one of several other backgrounds.  Kristen completed both her BA and LLB at Western, graduating from the law school in 1987, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1989.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Brandi Borman

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