After many years of library service to the staff and patients, the library is being abruptly closed. The annual reports and the bound copies of the patients newsletter "The Leader" were sent to the BC Archives, where no one will probably ever see them again.
The library at one time had many reading rooms on the grounds, separate for staff and patients. The present library room was originally the nurses lounge. A great loss to all bibliophiles. I guess the building will need a new dedication plaque, the way it is going,(see top right of blog page). The librarians were not sure where the remaining collection would go when I asked. This situation also further reduces the computer /Internet access for the patients.
The library housed the only complete set of the patients newsletter "The Leader" a great resource of information about the site is contained within its pages, good thing that a past librarian had the forethought to preserve it for future generations.
I came across an excellent article about the last renovation of the library, written by Brooke Ballantyne the head librarian, it certainly was was user friendly after the renovations
Good Luck! to the library staff, in finding good employment.
1993 Staff newsletter:
Min-Ja Laubental, cuts special cake present to her at her retirement tea, held in the library March 25. Min-Ja has managed Riverview's library for 12 years. she and her husband have moved to their "home town" of Victoria. supervising the operation ( no pun intended ) is David Davies.
Also from 1993, Patricia Fortin, replaced Min-Ja- Laubental
Patricia Fortin, Riverview’s new Librarian, has a Masters degree in Library Science and a wealth of experience in health and library administration.
Pat and her husband came from Toronto where she worked with the Ontario Ministry of Social Services in Library and Learning Resources. Her background includes experience at the Bermuda Hospitals Board
- King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and St. Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital; the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology, and the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the disabled.
Patricia has an “open door” policy on customer-oriented services. “I plan to update the collection, and to automate services such as “In The Journals” and access to other data bases which are not being exploited at this time,” she said.
As part of her policy, Patricia will be seeking feedback and input on library services from staff throughout the Hospital.
And now for something completley different:
The Insulting Librarian - Mitchell & Webb