2018 Annual Meeting (to be posted)
b. 1896, Westhoughton, England; d. 1956, Rhyl, Wales
BA (Hons. Hist.) 1917 (Manchester); Diploma in Librarianship 1929 (Pratt);
MA (Hist.) 1933 (McGill)
|1920||Teacher, Kings Hall, Compton, Quebec
|1922-1928||Library Clerk, Ontario Legislative Library
|1929||McGill University Library Summer School
|1929-1930||Reference Librarian, University of British Columbia Library
|1931||Librarian, Chilliwack Branch, Fraser Valley Library Demonstration
|1932-1933||Professor, McGill University Library School
|1933-1936||Director, Prince Edward Island Library Demonstration
|1936-1938||Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
|1938-1945||Director of Libraries, Nova Scotia|
|1945-1947||Director of Home Reading Department, Detroit Public Library|
|1947-1948||Senior Lecturer, New Zealand Library School|
|1948-1953||Acting Director & Director, New Zealand Library School|
Bateson, Nora. (1936). The Carnegie library demonstration in Prince Edward Island. Canada, 1933-1936. Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Prince Edward Island Libraries.
Bateson, Nora. (with J.J.Tompkins). (1936?). Why not a co-operative library? Antigonish, N.S.: Extension Department, St. Francis Xavier University.
Bateson, Nora. (1938). Library survey of Nova Scotia. [Halifax, N.S.]: Department of Education.
Batson, Nora. (1944). Livres pour aujourd'hui et demain. [Ottawa]: Counseil Canadien des bibliothÃ©ques.
Bateson, Nora. (1944). Rural Canada needs libraries. [Ottawa]: Canadian Library Council.
Bateson, Nora. (1945). Library plan for Jamaica. Kingston, [Jamaica]: Government Printer.
|1931||The Fraser Valley book van. Library Journal v.56, p.59-62
|1934||Prince Edward Island's demonstration. ALA Bulletin v.28, p.633-637
|1934||Prince Edward Island's demonstration. Ontario Library Review v.18, no.3, p.111-114
|1935||Library work in Prince Edward Island. Ontario Library Review v.19, no.3, p.109-110
|1936||The burning bush in Nova Scotia. Landward, Autumn, p.3, 7, 11
|1937||Latest survey of libraries in Canada. ALA Bulletin v.31, no.2, p.85-86
|1938||Labor and the library in Nova Scotia. [letter]. ALA Bulletin v.33, no.3, p.216
|1939||Regional libraries. Ontario Library Review v.23, no.2, p.117-18
|1939||Regional libraries for Nova Scotia. Ontario Library Review v.23, no.2, p.177-179|
|1940||Laying library foundations in Nova Scotia. ALA Bulletin v.34, no.5, p.312|
|1942||A library for our fighting forces. Public Affairs Spring, p.131-133|
|1943||Maritime Library Association. Ontario Library Review v.27, no.2, p.130-131|
|1943||Libraries for today and tomorrow. Food for Thought v.3, no.5, p.12-19|
|1943||Reading pursuits and possibilities. Food for Thought v.3, no.6, p.13-17|
|1945||Today the minds of men. Library Journal v.70, p.997-999|
|1946||Countrywide library service: Why not? Canadian Forum 26, p.90-91|
|1949||Audio visual developments in libraries abroad. New Zealand Library Association. 18th Conference, Dunedin, p.23-25|
Maritime Library Institute; Maritime Library Association; American Library Association,
Extension Committee; Canadian Library Council; New Zealand Library Association
A scholarship at the New Zealand Library School is named in her memory. Prince Edward Island has established the Nora Bateson Award for Excellence in Library Service.
Nora Bateson directed the PEI Library Demonstration Project, which established more than 20 public libraries in that province during the period 1933-1936. She had an enduring passion for adult education, and ensured that the rural libraries' role included supporting the adult study clubs that were flourishing at the time. In 1938 she conducted a library survey of Nova Scotia, and later that year was invited to be the Director of Libraries for the Regional Libraries Commission of the province. During the Second World War, Bateson and her assistant Marion Gilroy were seconded to the Canadian Legion Education Service to establish libraries for armed forces personnel in the Atlantic command. In 1944 she was asked to undertake a library survey of Jamaica, which became the foundation for the country's public library system. She was also an active member of the committee set up to investigate the establishment of a national library association for Canada (resulting in the founding of the Canadian Library Association, 1946). After two years in charge of the Home Reading Department of the Detroit Public Library she went on to the New Zealand Library School (1947-1953) where she first served as Senior Lecturer, then Acting Director and Director for several years.
Research at Library and Archives Canada, Prince Edward Island Archives, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Archives of Ontario, McGill University Archives, St. Francis Xavier University Archives, Cape Breton University Archives (Beaton Institute).
Obit. Chronicle Herald, January 26, 1956.
Memorials: MLA Bulletin v.29, NO.2, p.20; CLA Bulletin v.12, no.6, p.232-234: Food for Thought v.16, p. 242-244.