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Facelifts for Special Libraries by Brooke Ballantyne-Scott, Jenny Fry, Dawn Bassett

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I knew two things when the Vancouver Aquarium hired me as the Manager of Library and Information Services: that managing the research library and archives of a cherished institution in my home city was truly my dream job, and that I had a lot of work ahead of me. During the earlier interview process I was informed that the library had been re-located several kilometres outside the city while the Aquarium underwent renovations, and that the renovated library would be smaller than it was prior to moving off-site. On my first trip to the library, I saw the overflowing shelves literally about to buckle from the weight of the materials crammed onto them and the boxes upon boxes of archival material waiting to be filed, and I thought ‘how ...

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