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Edgar Stewart Robinson

b. Nov. 23, 1896, Pickford, Michigan, USA; d. Oct. 24, 1957, Victoria, BC

Education:

1920 BA (University of Toronto)
1924 BSLS (University of Washington)

Positions:

1912-1915 Page, Calgary Public Library
1921-1923 Head of Circulation, Calgary Public Library
1924-1957 Director, Vancouver Public Library

Publications:

Robinson, Edgar S. (1934). “Suggested policy for the collection and care of Canadian provincial documents.” In Public documents: their selection, distribution, cataloging, reproduction and preservation: papers presented at the 1933 Conference of the ALA, ed. by A. F. Kuhlman, 203-205. Chicago: American Library Association.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1934). “Canadian Library Council [editorial].” Library Journal 59 (15): 656-657.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1935). “On the Pacific Front.” Ontario Library Review 19 (1): 8-10.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1936). “The Work of Public Documents Committee of Canada.” In Public documents: papers presented at the … Conference of the American Library Association [1935], edited by A. F. Kuhlman, 162-166. Chicago: American Library association.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1947). “Libraries for today.” Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 24 (2): 59-60.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1947). “Debtors to our profession.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 4 (October): 5-6.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1950). “‘Branching out’ in Vancouver.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 6 (5): 201-204.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1950). “New times new Libraries.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 6 (5): 189-190.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1952). “Plans and progress.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 9 (3): 82.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1954). “The Technique of photocharging.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 10 (5): 165-168.
Robinson, Edgar S. (1957). Training professional librarians for Western Canada; report of the Special Committee on Library Education of the Public Library Commission. Edgar S. Robinson, Chairman; Samuel Rothstein, Secretary. Ed. by British Columbia Public Library Commission Special Committee on Library Education. Victoria, B.C.: British Columbia Library Association.

Associations:

President, British Columbia Library Association, 1926-1927 and 1938-1939
President, Pacific Northwest Library Association, 1928-1929
Chairman, British Columbia Public Library Commission, 1945-1936 and 1956-1957
President, Canadian Library Association, 1952-1953

Accomplishments:

Edgar Robinson was a champion for the concept of the “library in the community” in Vancouver. He was also a prominent regional voice for librarians in western Canada, especially British Columbia. Although his lifelong efforts to open a new central city library only came to fruition shortly after his death, the “Modernist style” four-storey central library on Burrard Street served Vancouver from 1957-1995 and was designated as a heritage site in 1994. Robinson also presided over the development of busy neighbourhood branches, notably Collingwood (1951), Dunbar (1950), Kerrisdale (1943), Kitsilano (1927), and South Hill (1949).

Sources:

Curry, Ann and Gary Carre. (1998). “Edgar S. Robinson: Canada’s longest serving public library director.” Epilogue : Canadian Bulletin for the History of Books, Libraries, and Archives 13: 117-136.
“In Memoriam Edgar Stewart Robinson, November 22, [sic] 1896–October 24, 1957.” Viewpoint, the Vancouver Public Library Staff Association Newsletter 11 (2): 1-11.

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