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Kathleen Ruby Jenkins

b. June 18, 1904, Montréal; d. Aug. 11, 1992, Québec City

Kathleen Ruby Jenkins, n.d. Credit Concordia University


1926 BA McGill University
1926 Certificate McGill Library School, summer
1967 LL.D. (honorary) Sir George Williams University [now Concordia University]


1927–1931 Assistant Librarian, Westmount Public Library
1931–1962 Chief Librarian, Westmount Public Library
Special Lecturer on Library Administration, McGill University Library School


Jenkins, Kathleen (1937). “Reorganizing the Westmount Library.” Ontario Library Review 21 (3): 119.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1941). “Book selection.” Quebec Library Association Bulletin 9 (winter): 5–6.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1944). “Committee on library development.” Quebec Library Association Bulletin 19 (summer): 7–8.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1946). “[The public library of the future].” In Papers read at the first annual convention, Montréal, October 11, 12, 13 [1945], Quebec Library Association/Association des Bibliothécaires du Québec, 20–23. Montréal: The Association, 1946.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1949). “[Canadian Library Association].” Special Libraries Association Regional [Third] Conference Proceedings; Montréal, Québec, Sept. 23–24, 1949: 28–35. [Montréal?]: Montreal, Toronto and Western New York chapters, Special Libraries Association.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1950). “Inter-relations of the library and the community: national aspects.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 7 (2): 46–49.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1950). “A review of the Association’s traditions.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 7 (3): 91–93.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1953). “Books and the sales tax.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 9 (4): 100–101.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1963). “Pensions.” Canadian Library 20 (3): 112.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1966). Montreal: Island City of the St. Lawrence. Garden City, New York: Doubleday.

Jenkins, Kathleen (1970). “Gerhard Richard Lomer.” Canadian Library Journal 27 (1): 130.


President, Quebec Library Association, 1935–1936
President, Canadian Library Association, 1949–1950
American Library Association
President, Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women, Montreal Club, 1940–1942
Canadian Federation of University Women
Quebec Association of Adult Education, councillor


“Miss Jenkins’ leadership and service far transcended the admirable work she performed in building up her own library. She was liberal with advice to small communities struggling to set up libraries of their own, she was a founding member, and later president, of both the Quebec Library Association (Association des Bibliothécaires du Quebec) and of the Canadian Library Association, and she was special lecturer for many sessions at the Graduate School of Library Science at McGill University.” — Douglass Burns Clarke, citing Jenkins' contributions at the honorary degree presentation in 1967.
In 1967 she was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal for having provided valuable service to her community and country.


Canadian Who’s Who, 1967–1969.

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