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Katherine Helen Packer

b. 1918, Toronto, ON; d. 2006, Toronto, ON

Education:

1941 BA (Toronto)
1953 AMLS (Michigan)
1975 PhD (Maryland)

Positions:

1953-1955 Rare Book Cataloguer, William L.Clemens Library, University of Michigan
1956-1959 Cataloguer, University of Manitoba
1959-1963 Catalogue Information Librarian, University of Toronto
1963-1964 Head Cataloguer, York University Library
1964-1967 Chief Librarian, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
1967-1979 Assistant and Associate Professor, School of Library Science, University of Toronto
1979-1984 Professor and Dean, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto
1984-2006 Professor Emerita

Publications:

Packer, Katherine H. (1954). Early American school books: a bibliography based on the Boston Booksellers' catalogues of 1804 . Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Dept. of Library Science.

Packer, Katherine H. and Delores L. Phillips. eds. (1967). The code and the cataloguer: proceedings of the Colloquium on the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules held at the School of Library Science, University of Toronto on March 31 and April 1, 1967. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Packer, Katherine H. (1975). Methods used by chemists and chemical engineers In Canadian universities to maintain current awareness with special reference to the Use of SDI systems. (Thesis (PhD) University of Maryland)

Packer, Katherine H. (1976). “ Report on Canadian Library Statistics.” Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Library Science.

Packer, Katherine H. and Dagobert Soergel. (1978). The Importance of SDI for current awareness in fields with severe scatter of information. Toronto: Faculty of Library Science, University of Toronto.

Packer, Katherine H. (1981). “User reactions to the microcatalogue: implications for the design of online catalogues.” In: Myths and realities: the politics: the politics of library administration. Ann Arbor: School of Library Science, University of Michigan).

Associations/Committees:

Active on professional associations both nationally and internationally
1965-1966 Chair of Ontario Association of College and University Libraries
1965-1969 Member of American Library Association Committees
1964-1979 Member of Canadian Library Association Committees
1975-1981 Service on Committees of FID and IFLA
2000-2004 Board of Ex Libris Association; Co-chair of the Recruitment Committee and Membership Secretary

Comments:

“From the beginning Katherine strove to further the application of technology in library operations and library education through her teaching and research … She will be remembered not only by faculty, students and her many friends and associates as a distinguished practitioner, teacher and administrator, and for her determination and dedication to library and information science in general and to FIS and its goals and achievements in particular - but mostly for her lively intellect, warm personality, sense of humour and friendship.” (Henderson and Williamson).

Honours:

1972 CLA Howard V. Phalin/World Book Graduate Scholarship for Library Science
1980 University of Michigan Distinguished Alumnus Award

Sources:

Henderson, Diane and Nancy Williamson. “In Memoriam: Katherine Packer, 1918-2006.” ELAN, 41 (Spring 2007): 15.
University of Toronto Library catalogue
Curriculum Vita, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

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