A retiring librarian?

No one who has ever met Linda Clendenning would say that she is retiring. Her effervescence, intelligence, integrity, and com­passion mark a personality that has been a standard at the College Library for almost 40 years. Linda came to us as a newly minted graduate of the University of Alberta and the UBC School of Librarianship in 1969. The then BC Medical Library Service was a very different place from the College Library we have today: it was completely print-based (not a computer in sight); telephones, a telex machine, and Canada Post functioned as the chief communication tools; and the reference service was based on manually plowing through issues of Index Medicus.

Linda began her medical library career as the assistant librarian to director Bill Fraser, but she eventually moved on to become a co-manager. Her natural curiosity and broad knowledge base made her the “go to” person for sticky questions. Linda mentored many budding librarians and library technicians over the years and made a strong, positive impression on them. Prompt, organized, and thorough was her approach, and we still aspire to that standard today. Indeed, Linda’s abilities and charming sense of humor led one BC physician to refer to her as “the Oracle.”

Linda retired from the College Library on 31 December 2008 and will be missed by us all. We wish her well in her new endeavors, to which she will bring the same refreshing enthusiasm and energy with which she does everything. Retired, yes. But retiring? Never.

—Karen MacDonell
—Judy Neill
Librarians/Co-managers
CPSBC Library

Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS, Judy Neill. A retiring librarian?. BCMJ, Vol. 51, No. 3, April, 2009, Page(s) 129 - College Library.



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