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Ada Ducas honoured with Lifetime Membership by her peers

by Mê-Linh Lê on 2018-06-29T10:41:00-05:00 in Health Sciences | Comments

Ada Ducas, Head of the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries was honoured by the Canadian Health Libraries Association with their highest level of recognition - the David S. Crawford Lifetime Member Award. The award was given out at the CHLA/ABSC Annual Conference in St. John's, NL on June 17, 2018.

Ada Ducas wins award

Ms. Ada Ducas (third from right) received the David Crawford Lifetime Member Award with fellow health librarians in St. John's, NL

Award winners must demonstrate that they have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the purposes of the Association, and Ms. Ducas more than fulfills that. A health sciences librarian since 1974 and the Head of the Health Sciences Libraries since 1995, Ada has worked tirelessly in her commitment to collaboration and promoting the role of the health sciences library. Just some of her professional accomplishments include President of CHLA/ABSC (1991-92), President of the Manitoba Health Libraries Association (1985-86), the Margaret Ridley Charlton Award for Outstanding Achievement (2008), and the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2016).

Ada has an indisputable record of promoting equitable access to health library services throughout the province of Manitoba. Under her leadership all of the hospital libraries in Winnipeg became University of Manitoba libraries, ensuring standard resources and services for healthcare providers and students, regardless of their location or specialty, and ensuring a connected and supportive network for health librarians and library technicians.

She also helped spearhead the indigenous health collections and services, fundraised and rejuvenated the College of Medicine’s Medical Archives, fundraised and oversaw significant renovations to the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, and never stopped advocating for the University of Manitoba’s Health Sciences Libraries to serve as the provincial hub of health libraries services and resources.

Ada has been a pioneer of health sciences libraries and has had a profound impact on the healthcare system in Manitoba and the health library community in Canada and we thank her for her years of leadership and commitment.

Congratulations Ada!


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