Fonds 1362 - Gwynneth Heaton fonds

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UTA 1362


Gwynneth Heaton fonds


  • 1989-1997 (Creation)

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0.36 m of textual, graphic and electronic records (3 boxes)

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Gwynneth Heaton (1938-) was head of the University of Toronto Science and Medicine Library from 1970-1995.

After graduating from Bishop Strachan School in Toronto in 1955, Ms. Heaton attended the University of Toronto. There, she received her B.A. in 1959, BLS in 1960 and MLS in 1974. Before joining the staff of the University of Toronto Library in 1970, Ms. Heaton held various library positoins in Canada and the United States. These include Librarian, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1960; Acquisitions Librarian, Jackson Library, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, California, 1961-1966; and Head of Acquisitions, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1967-1970. In 1970, Ms. Heaton was appointed Head of the University of Toronto Science and Medicine LIbrary. She served in this capacity until 1995 when she became University of Toronto Director of Library Outreach. Ms. Heaton retired from the University of Toronto Library system in 1997.

In addition to library administration, Ms. Heaton has been interested in researching reference issues and has published numerous articles on the subject.

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Fonds documents research undertaken by Gwynneth Heaton in 1993 and 1994 to investigate the provision of reference services in medical school libraries. The investigation examined factors that may affect reference service such sa the proximity of other desks providing information; the type of staff providing the service; the variety of services provided; the provision of research assistance by appointment; the physical proximity of a hospital; and the use of problem based learning in the medical school curriculum. The project involved a mail survey and follow up visits to selected medical libraries in Canada and the United States. The results of this research were published in various academic library journals.

The accession consists of correspondence, questionnaires, raw survey data, research notes and manuscripts of published and unpublished articles resulting from Ms. Heaton's research project.

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For records relating to Ms Heaton's career as a librarian, please see the following accessions from the University of Toronto Science and Medicine Library: B1973-0002, A1980-0038, A1988-0051 and A1995-0032.

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