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Winifred Glen Barnstead

b. 1884, Halifax, NS; d. 1974, Toronto, ON


1906 BA (Dalhousie University)


1906–1907 Library Clerk, Westmount Public Library, Montreal
1907–1908 Teacher, Musquodobit Primary School , Nova Scotia
1908–1910 Cataloguer, Princeton University Library
1910–1928 Chief of the Cataloging Department, Toronto Public Library
1916–1928 Instructor, Ontario College of Education, Library School
1928–1951 Director, University of Toronto Library School (jointly appointed as Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, receiving tenure in 1944)
1951–1974 Director Emeritus, School of Library Science, University of Toronto


Barnstead, Winifred G. (1912). “Expansion of Dewey Decimal System for Canada,” in Proceedings of the Ontario Library Association Annual Meeting, 1912, pp. 76–79. Toronto: King's Printer.

Barnstead, Winifred G. (1918). Filing Rules for Dictionary Catalogues. Toronto: Kings Printer.

Barnstead, Winifred G. (1936).“A New Degree Course in Library Science,” Ontario Library Review 20, no. 4: 146–147.

Barnstead, Winifred G. (1944). Librarian: Canadian Census Classification Professional Service. Toronto: Distributed by Vocational Guidance Centre, National Committee for Mental Hygiene.

Barnstead, Winifred G. (1947). “General Training in Librarianship and in the Field of Special Library Work,” in Special Libraries Association Regional Conference Proceedings, King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Oct. 17-18, 1947, vol. 1, pp.2–5. Toronto?: Special Libraries Association.

Barnstead, Winifred G. (1960). “A Tribute to American Librarians,” ALA Bulletin 54, no. 4: 280–281.


Ontario Library Association
Ontario Regional Group of Cataloguers


1958 Winifred G. Barnstead Scholarship was established by the Library Science Alumni Association
1972 Awarded honorary LLD by University of Toronto.

Other Areas of Activity:

Barnstead founded the Ontario Regional Group of Cataloguers in 1927, the first professionally oriented group in Canada. She also sought to improve the professional and social standing of librarians in the province by attempting to introduce certification and advocating to improve salaries.


Dr. Barnstead was the first Director of the University of Toronto Library School


Bassam, Bertha. “Education of Librarians is put in Historical Perspective.” Canadian Library Journal 36.3 (June 1979): 77–86.
Bassam, Bertha. The Faculty of Library Science University of Toronto and Its Predecessors, 1911–1972. Toronto: Faculty of Library Science in association with the Library Science Alumni Association, 1978.
Bruce, Lorne D. Places to Grow: Public Libraries and Communities in Ontario, 1930–2000, 2011.
University of Toronto Archives

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