Of Libraries and Librarians

I’m spending a week at McGill University’s Osler Library researching the evolution of the great physician’s thought on military medicine. I came here with a pretty clear strategy on what material I wanted to look at, but on the very first day here in Montreal, the Osler Librarian, Mrs Pamela Miller, came up with at least five Osler sources I didn’t even know existed.

My story causes me to reflect on this unsung group of scholarly heroes–librarians and archivists–the people who live their lives cataloging and preserving the very materials we thrive on, finding for us those obscure veins of historical gold that make our work a bit more exciting and a lot more productive. Yes we acknowledge them in our “introductions”, but, somehow, that does seem nearly enough. Bring a special recognition to your librarian / archivist today.

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