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 ====== Angus McGill Mowat ====== ====== Angus McGill Mowat ======
  
-b. 19 November ​1892, Trenton, ON; d. 21 September ​1977, Kingston, ON\\+b.  Nov. 191892, Trenton, ON; d. Sept. 21,1977, Kingston, ON\\
  
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 Mowat’s education was interrupted by the First World War. He served in the Canadian Engineers, reaching the rank of Lieutenant before he was wounded in the right arm. After the war, he held a number of positions as chief librarian at Trenton, Belleville, Windsor, and Saskatoon, before being appointed in 1937 as Inspector of Public Libraries for the province of Ontario. He remained head of the provincial library office, a part of the Department of Education, until his retirement in 1960. He was a dynamic and positive force for library progress in Ontario, especially his advocacy for county and regional library service in rural and northern parts of the province. Throughout his career he encouraged better quality collections for adults and children, professional staffing and library training, the necessity for improved finances, more efficient management by trustees and librarians, and upgraded or new buildings. He believed strongly that the personal touch was essential for library service and that local effort, supplemented by provincial assistance, was the key ingredient in advancing local library development. His personal efforts to establish a public library at Moose Factory stimulated improvements for aboriginal library service on reservations throughout Canada. After his retirement, Mowat resided in Port Hope where he was a trustee for several years on the local library board. He became a friend of the poet, Al Purdy, and was the subject of the National Film Board short documentary Angus in 1971.\\ Mowat’s education was interrupted by the First World War. He served in the Canadian Engineers, reaching the rank of Lieutenant before he was wounded in the right arm. After the war, he held a number of positions as chief librarian at Trenton, Belleville, Windsor, and Saskatoon, before being appointed in 1937 as Inspector of Public Libraries for the province of Ontario. He remained head of the provincial library office, a part of the Department of Education, until his retirement in 1960. He was a dynamic and positive force for library progress in Ontario, especially his advocacy for county and regional library service in rural and northern parts of the province. Throughout his career he encouraged better quality collections for adults and children, professional staffing and library training, the necessity for improved finances, more efficient management by trustees and librarians, and upgraded or new buildings. He believed strongly that the personal touch was essential for library service and that local effort, supplemented by provincial assistance, was the key ingredient in advancing local library development. His personal efforts to establish a public library at Moose Factory stimulated improvements for aboriginal library service on reservations throughout Canada. After his retirement, Mowat resided in Port Hope where he was a trustee for several years on the local library board. He became a friend of the poet, Al Purdy, and was the subject of the National Film Board short documentary Angus in 1971.\\
  
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 G.F.R. [George F. Rogers] (1940). “Major Angus Mowat, Inspector of Public Libraries,​” OLR 24, 3 (Aug. 1940), 259-60.\\ G.F.R. [George F. Rogers] (1940). “Major Angus Mowat, Inspector of Public Libraries,​” OLR 24, 3 (Aug. 1940), 259-60.\\
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 Lorne Bruce (2014). “An Inspector Calls: Angus Mowat and Ontario’s Rural Libraries, 1937-40,” Ontario History 106, 1 (Spring 2014), 77-99.\\ Lorne Bruce (2014). “An Inspector Calls: Angus Mowat and Ontario’s Rural Libraries, 1937-40,” Ontario History 106, 1 (Spring 2014), 77-99.\\
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