University mourns loss of first Map Librarian

Members of the Carleton community will be saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Farrell, formerly Carleton’s Map Librarian, in hospital on October 8.

Farrell founded the Map Library at Carleton University, building it over 26 years into a strong, well-respected collection.

Her dedication to excellence and leadership among her staff and colleagues at Carleton were exemplary. As one of the leading Canadian map librarians, Farrell was a model for new and aspiring map librarians, demonstrating how a map collection should be developed and managed. The collection she built, initially within the Department of Geography and now part of the Library’s Maps, Data and Government Information Centre, holds to principles she established for it prior to her retirement in 1996.

Farrell was an active participant in a wide range of professional activities while at Carleton, including more than 30 years as a member of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) serving in a number of capacities including Vice-President (1974-75) and President (1975-76). In recognition of her valuable contributions to the Canadian map library community, she received an Honours Award from the ACMLA in 1989 and was named a lifetime Honorary Member in 2004.

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