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York to the Power of 50: Named Library Study Carrels Recognize York Colleague Elizabeth Dolan
Elizabeth Dolan When Elizabeth Dolan, assistant secretary of the University, retired this summer, colleagues and friends held a party in her honour and raised more than $3,000 in support of York University Libraries. As a result, three fully-wired study carrels in the Steacie Science and Engineering Library will be named the Elizabeth Dolan Study Carrels, in recognition of Dolan’s many contributions to York. A name plate has been affixed to each.

Dolan spent 33 years working at York University in various positions and can’t think of a better retirement gift. “I’m just thrilled at what they did,” she says of colleagues and friends. “I’m so touched. It gave me an incredible feeling of being able to remain part of the University.”

Dolan is also an alumna, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. “Back then, the study carrels in Steacie were my hangout, and I would often stay until 9 p.m. With three brothers at home, the library was a welcomed place to study.”

Over the years she has remained an advocate of York’s libraries and keenly interested in their evolution into electronic resources. “What the library is now compared to when I was a student is so different,” she says.

There are many opportunities for faculty and staff to both support York University Libraries and pay tribute to a colleague. A $1,000 gift can name a wired study carrel; $5,000 a wired study table. And the Honour with Books program allows individuals making a minimum donation of $100 to have a personalized bookplate placed inside a new volume in the Libraries collection.

Gifts count toward York to the Power of 50—the University’s 50th anniversary fundraising campaign, already at more than $160 million in funds raised toward its $200 million goal. As faculty and staff your gift also supports the Family Campaign.

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To find out more, please contact Tanling Yeung, chief development officer, libraries, for York University Foundation at 416.650.8210 or visit www.yorku.ca/foundation.

Vivienne Monty Receives Professional Award

Vivienne Monty, senior reference librarian at Glendon’s Frost Library, has received the Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award for 2008 from the Canadian Library Association.

Monty, who holds MLS (1973) and BA (history - 1971) degrees from the University of Toronto, has completed 35 years of outstanding service as a librarian at York University: as head of the Government Documents/ Administrative Studies Library for many years, as internet coordinator and senior librarian at Scott, and at Glendon as senior librarian responsible for Reference Services, online and CD products, Frost Library’s website, and new technologies instruction. She has produced numerous articles in refereed publications, research papers, books, chapters, editorships and university publications, and is a frequent guest lecturer in Glendon classrooms.

Monty is also recognized for her service beyond York: as former Chair of the Depository Services Remodeling Committee for the DSP program; as former President of the Canadian Library Association and active committee particapant; and as former President and member of the Executive Board of the Toronto Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. In 2004, she was Chair of a prestigious American Library Association Accreditation External Review Panel.

The award was announced on May 24, 2008 at the Canadian Library Association’s National Conference in Vancouver.


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