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Marianne Scott

Marianne Scott was appointed national librarian of Canada in 1984, after a long association with libraries at McGill University. She holds bachelor of arts (1949) and bachelor of library science (1952) degrees from McGill University. She was law librarian at McGill from 1955 to 1973, lecturer in the Faculty of Law from 1964 to 1974, and director of libraries from 1975 to 1984. While she was at McGill she co-founded the Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature.

On her retirement in 1999, she said, "Librarians and libraries must be in the forefront of promoting and protecting intellectual freedom, promoting literacy, and fighting for equitable access to information for all citizens. Because of the digital revolution and electronic communications, we can now truly see the possibility of equitable access to information from coast to coast to coast."

During her tenure, the National Library took a leading role in applying new technologies to document, preserve and promote the Canadian experience, in collaboration with other organizations. The Library implemented a new national bibliographic database, AMICUS (which includes a Web-based interface), and the national bibliography, Canadiana, was distributed on CD-ROM. The Library also gained international respect for its work adapting and enriching new information technologies to provide an effective gateway to information for present and future generations.

She has played an active role in many Canadian and international library associations, and her wise counsel throughout the years and her commitment to libraries have been noted by many members of the Canadian and international library community. She has served as president of several organizations, including the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Library Association, and the Quebec Library Association. She has served as a member of the board of the International Association of Law Libraries and is the current chair of the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).