December 10, 2018: Field trip to Calgary's New Central Library, with Ellen Humphrey New Central Library Project Website
Today's meeting was a trip to Calgary's New Central Libary.
President-elect Gerry Meek has served in many capacities within the senior leadership of the Calgary Library and was instrumental in planning the new library prior to his retirement a few of years ago. The former building was constructed in 1963, which was outgrown within two years. It was renovated in 1970, and was again not big enough for the growing population. It was too inefficient and very expensive to maintain. Planning for the new building was started in 1980, with many reports/recommendations provided. Mayor Bronconnier got the ball rolling under his tenure by allocating $40 million towards the estimated $250 million.
About this time in the agenda, our guest speaker arrived and Gerry provided the introduction to Ellen Humphrey, whom he has known as a colleague for the past three decades.
Ellen Humphrey completed her undergraduate, graduate, and library education at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, and has worked in both academic and public libraries. As a long-term Calgary Public Library employee, she has held a number of positions in public services and administration. At the request of the library board, she assumed responsibility for oversight of the Calgary Public Library system as interim chief executive officer in September, 2012. Before her retirement, and in the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, her portfolio included external relations, partnership development, volunteer resources and board relations.
She joined the Calgary Public Library Foundation in September, 2017, relishing the opportunity to remain connected to and supportive of the aspirations and values of Calgary's public library system.
The New Central Library opened in November, 2018.
Gerry Meek expressed the thanks of the club. [Editor's Note: Gerry will present a Boltman to Ellen at a later date.] An informative tour of the facilities was provided by four highly qualified volunteer guides.
Kudos to Bill Tapuska for arranging another outstanding speaker, and tour of the new library.
reported by Mike Carlin
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