IFLA honours Ingrid Parent with Honorary Fellow Award

CAPE TOWN, S. A., August 20, 2015 – The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board bestowed the Honorary Fellow Award to Ingrid Parent, University Librarian at University of British Columbia at the World Library and Information Congress’s closing ceremonies today.

The Honorary Fellow, IFLA’s highest award, is awarded to individuals who have made an impact on the work of the organization through length or type of service, outstanding achievements within that service, and service that has brought distinction to IFLA in the international arena. Ms. Parent has been an active member of IFLA since 1995 and served as IFLA’s President-elect from 2009-2011 and President from 2011-2013. Among her many achievements were the establishment of the highly regarded IFLA Trend Report, the launch of IFLA’s website in French and Spanish, and hosting a number of international events under her presidential theme “Libraries – a force for change.”

“Ingrid’s colleagues from Canada’s research libraries would like congratulate her on this prestigious award,” said Susan Haigh, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) from Cape Town. “Ingrid has been a leader in establishing dialogue and collaborations that have had significant impact on the international development of libraries and on preservation and access to the world’s documentary heritage. This award is a recognition of Ingrid’s dedication and many achievements.”

Prior to becoming University Librarian at the University of British Columbia in 2009, Ms. Parent was Assistant Deputy Minister for Documentary Heritage at Library and Archives Canada.

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CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as Library and Archives Canada and NRC Knowledge Management. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

For more information:
Susan Haigh, Executive Director

613.482.9344 ext. 101