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Citizenship Canadian and British


1966 B.A. (Honours in Psychology). Queen's University of Belfast

1967 Postgraduate Diploma in Library Studies. Queen's University of Belfast

1970 Associate of the Library Association (U.K.)

1997 Fellow of the Library Association (UK) - now the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (U.K.)



1967 - 1971 Assistant Medical Librarian, Queen's University of Belfast. In this position I was one of (initially) three professional librarians and was responsible for establishing five Postgraduate Medical Centre Libraries throughout Northern Ireland under a Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust grant, and for acting as the "second in command" in the Queen's University Medical Library.

1971 - 1972 Head of Public Services, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In this position I was in charge of the library's public services operations - which had a staff complement of three other librarians - and I supervised the reference, circulation and inter-library loan operations. In addition, I acted as a "resource person" for hospital libraries throughout Nova Scotia.

1972 - 1974 Assistant Medical Librarian, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. In this position I was responsible for supervising all three sections of the McGill University Medical Library (public services, collection development and technical services), which, at that time, had a professional staff of nine, and for acting as the main liaison with the libraries in the McGill teaching hospitals.

1974 - 1990 Assistant Life Sciences Area Librarian, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. In late 1973 the McGill University Libraries were reorganized along broad subject lines and five "Areas" were created. The Life Sciences Area consisted of seven libraries (subsequently reduced by amalgamation to four); agriculture, botany, dentistry, history of medicine (Osler Library), medicine, nursing and zoology. My position involved supervising all aspects of the Medical Library and working with the Life Sciences Area Librarian in coordinating collection development and services in the other six libraries, with the other Areas of the McGill library system and with our teaching hospitals.

1990 - 1998 Life Sciences Area Librarian. When the former Life Sciences Area Librarian was promoted to become Deputy Director of Libraries, I was appointed to the position of Life Sciences Area Librarian though, due to continued streamlining, I retained almost all of my former responsibilities. As Life Sciences Area Librarian I was much more closely involved in the other libraries in the Life Sciences Area. These now totaled four; Agriculture, Biology, Health Sciences and the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.

1999 - 2002 Health Sciences Librarian and Serials Coordinator for McGill University Libraries. The McGill Library System was again reorganized in 1998/99 and responsibility for the Blacker-Wood (biology) and Macdonald Campus (agriculture) Libraries was taken over by the new position of Special Libraries Coordinator. I remained responsible for the Health Sciences and Osler Libraries and in addition assumed responsibility for coordinating serials (print and electronic) in all McGill libraries. (Licensing, ordering etc.) The budget for this was about $3 million.

As Life Sciences Area Librarian and, then, Health Sciences Librarian I sat on the Library System's Senior Management and Automation Planning Groups and Chaired and/or was a member of many of the Library System's operational committees or working groups.

1989 - 1998 Guest Research Librarian at the China Medical University, Shenyang, People's Republic of China. After acting as a consultant to the China Medical University in 1986, I returned there for five months in 1989 as a Visiting Librarian and for shorter visits in 1991, 1998 and 2001. My initial visits were concerned with advising the Librarian and Vice President on library needs; my later visits have involved me more with teaching students in the Faculty of Medical Library and Information Science.

1998 - Honorary Research Librarian at the China Medical University.


1972 Appointed to staff (Assistant Librarian).

1978 Awarded tenure.

1980 Promoted to the rank of Associate Librarian.

1984 Promoted to the rank of Librarian.

1989 Awarded a one-year sabbatical leave.

1992 Awarded the "Career Recognition Award for Outstanding Librarianship".

1997 Nominated to join the "Senior Fellows Institute" - a three-week residential summer seminar on issues of library and information management held (that year) at Long Island University, NY.

1997 - 1998 Awarded a one-year sabbatical leave.

2000 - 2002 Appointed Building Director, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, McGill University. (This is the Faculty of Medicine’s main research and teaching building.)

2002 Awarded the rank of Emeritus Librarian - the first ever awarded by McGill University.


1966 - 1971 Secretary and Chair of the Management Committee, Senior Common Room (Faculty Club). Queen's University, Belfast.

1968 - 1971 Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee. Belfast Association of University Teachers.

1974 - 1975 President, McGill Association of University Librarians.

1984 - 1986 Member of Senate and Senate Nominating Committee, McGill University.

1972 - 2002 Member of many McGill University and McGill University Libraries committees including: Senate Committee on the University Bookstore, Senate Committee on Student Discipline, University Appeal Committee on Student Discipline and Grievance, Committee to Select a Director of Libraries, Staff Benefits Advisory Committee, Trustee, Long-term Disability Fund, Senate Committee on Physical Development, McGill University Board of Governors' Academic Salary Policy Sub-Committee and (representing academic staff) the 1998/99 Committee to Select a University Chancellor.

1992 - 2002 Chair of the Management Committee of the McGill Affiliated Health Sciences Library Consortium. The Consortium, formed in 1992, linked the McGill library system with the libraries in the affiliated hospitals and formalized earlier ad-hoc arrangements. It resulted in hospitals contributing funds to make online biomedical databases available to the whole McGill community in a distributed fashion.

1995 - 1997 Vice President (Internal) and member of the Executive Committee, McGill Association of University Teachers. As Vice President (Internal) I was responsible for relations with the University administration, including issues of salary, benefits, pensions, discipline and grievance, tenure and retirement. To accomplish these responsibilities I was a member of or chaired a number of MAUT and University committees including committees on salary policy, staff relations, benefits and academic regulations.

1996 - 2002 Member, representing McGill University, of CREPUQ Group de travail des bibliothèques en sciences de la santé. CREPUQ was a cooperative that linked all Québec universities


*Co-editor (with M.A. Flower) of CanHealth. A guide for Canadian Health Libraries, Ottawa, Canadian Health Libraries Association, 1985.

*Report of a cooperative venture between the China Medical University Library and the Medical Library of McGill University. (With Dizhi Xiong). Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, vol. 76 (January 1988) pp. 64-72.

*National Health Service in the United Kingdom: under attack or under reconstruction. Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana Vol. 11:2 1989 pp 93-96.

*Regional health library service in Northern Ireland. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. vol. 78:4 October 1990 pp. 337-347.

*Medical education in China. (With Dizhi Xiong). Academic Medicine vol. 65:8 August 1990 pp. 502-504.

*Links with foreign libraries. Paper presented at the CHLA/ABSC conference in June 1990
Canadian Medical School Libraries. (With Lorraine Busby). ACMC Forum vol. 28: January/March 1995 pp. 12-15.

*Canadian Medical School Libraries in an era of (continuing) budget reduction. ACMC Forum vol. 29: April 1996. pp. 14-17.

*A Bookish Moment: The Charioteer by Mary Renault. National Post (National Edition). 11 Sep 1999: 9. (Abstract: The Charioteer was a very important book in my life, but I did not reread it for almost 20 years. This reluctance sprang from a fear that it would seem old-fashioned, quaint and too circumspect about its gay content - I was afraid that it would not live up to the somewhat idealistic memories I had of it. I need not have worried as Renault writes terribly well, the emotions her characters experience as they discover their sexuality are universal, and the lasting message of hope and self- worth in the book is still important. An important book in the development of gay literature. ( Available through ProQuest - $$.)

*CHLA/ABSC 25 Years On. Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana vol. 22:2, 2000 pp. 71-73

*The McGill Health Sciences Library. Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana vol. 22:3, 2001 pp. 106-107.

*Formation of Canadian health sciences library associations. Journal of the Medical Library Association. vol. 91:4 October 2003; p.397.

*Edinburgh University medical theses at the Osler Library. Osler Library Newsletter, No. 101, 2004 pp.1-6.

*Medical Library Association of Great Britain and Ireland. Health Information and Libraries. Vol. 21:4 December 2004 pp. 266-268.

*Mukden Medical College (1911-1949): an outpost of Edinburgh medicine in north east China. Published in 2006, in two parts, in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. v. 36:1. March 2006. pp73-79 and v. 36:2. June 2006. pp179-184.

*Whatever happened to William Osler's Library? (With Christopher Lyons). Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association. Vol. 27:1, 2006. pp. 9-13.

*James Watson, MD, LRCSE - an Edinburgh-trained physician and surgeon in northeastern China 1865-1884. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh v.36:4. December 2006. pp. 362-365.

*The Ontario Medical Library Association 1887-1907. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association v. 28:2, Spring 2007. pp. 49-53

*Montreal, medicine and William Leslie Logie: McGill's first graduate and Canada's first medical graduate. 175th. anniversary. Osler Library Newsletter No. 109, 2008. pp 1-7.

*Canadian health and medical periodicals. Bulletin: v.9:1 (February 2009) pp 5-8. (Version française; Les revues canadiennes de médecine et de santé.)

*Theses in the Osler Library, including that of Pierre de Sales Laterrière. Osler Library Newsletter, No. 111, 2009. pp 1-11

*Small treasures; the Canadian Osteopath. Osler Library Newsletter No. 113, 2010, p 13.

*Samuel John Stratford (1802-1871). Osler Library Newsletter No. 114, 2010, pp 4-7.

*Medical phonography. Osler Library Newsletter No. 115, 2011. p10.

*Early Canadiana Online. Osler Library Newsletter No. 116, 2012. p11.

*Canadians who graduated with an MD from the University of Edinburgh 1809 - 1840 Osler Library Newsletter No. 118, 2013. p 5-10. A short addendum was published in Osler Library Newsletter No.120. Spring 2014. Updates now only on website.

*Honorary and ad eundem MD and MDCM graduates of McGill University - 1833-1877. Osler Library Newsletter No 122, 2015. p13-15

*McGill Medical Graduates: 1833-1877. Osler Library Newsletter No. 123, 2015 pp 4-5

*Joseph C.E. Godin: The McGill Medical Graduate Who Wasn't. Osler Library Newsletter No.124, 2016 p.7.

*Robert Todd Reynolds. Osler Library Newsletter No. 127, 2017 pp12-13.

*George Duncan Gibb (MD 1846). Osler Library Newsletter No. 130, 2019. pp 14-17.

*Condo democracy: ensuring fairness in condo voting. CondoBusiness v. 34:5 October 2019 pp17-20.

*Bibliography of Canadian health sciences periodicals, 1826 - 1980. Web publication (regularly updated.)

*Bibliography of histories of Canadian hospitals and schools of nursing
. Web publication (regularly updated.)

*Medical Licences issued in Ontario and Québec prior to 1867.
Web publication (updated as necessary.)

*McGill University Medical Faculty. MD and MDCM graduates and their theses 1833-1877. Web publication (updated as necessary.)


Association of [North American] Academic Health Sciences Library Directors
McGill University's Institutional representative 1990 - 2002

Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. Committee on Medical School Libraries.

Invited member 1972 - 1989. (Secretary 1974-1975 and 1987-1989)
McGill University's Institutional representative 1990 - 2002. (Chair 1994-1996)

Canadian Health Libraries Association

President. 1976 - 1977 and 1984 - 1985. Member, Board of Directors. 1976 - 1979, 1980 - 1982 and 1983 - 1985. Member, Oral History Committee 1999 - 2004. Honorary Life Member 1999 - Continuing Education Committee (2005 Annual Meeting).

Medical Library Association

Editorial Committee Bulletin of the MLA. Member, 1973 - 1976, Chair, 1975 -1976. Publications Committee. Chair, 1976. Publications Panel. Member, 1976 - 1980. National Program Committee. Member, 1981, 1989 and 1993. International Cooperation Committee. Member, 1984 - 1987. Continuing Education Committee. Member 1990 - 1993.

Medical Library Association - Canadian Group.

Vice-Chair, 1979/80. Chair, 1980/81.


China Medical University, Shenyang, China. General library consultant April/May 1986. Visit sponsored by the China Medical University, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Gouvernement du Québec.

China Medical University, Shenyang, China. General library consultant and advisor on both the health sciences library and the Faculty of Medical Library and Information Science, now the School of Information Management and Information Systems (Medicine). Visits, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2004. Continuing consultation by mail, e-mail and occasional visits to Canada by CMU staff.

World Health Organization. Expert consultant (and participant) for five-day Workshop on "Library Cooperation in the age of Information Technology". Beijing, China, October 1989.

McGill University/China Medical University Cooperative Project. Project Director. This project became an official university-university link and it supports the exchange of staff members between the two libraries. 1986 - 2002

John Wiley and Sons. Member (representing Canada), Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) Library Advisory Board. 1994 - 2002

Associated Medical Services (Toronto). Member, Education Advisory Committee. 2002 - 2003. Member, Development Advisory Committee. 2003 - 2006


1988 UNESCO/CIDA grant to support the McGill University - China Medical University Cooperative Project. ($14,500)

1989 World Health Organization Fellowship. Awarded to support visits to the UK and Ireland to study the organization of regional medical library systems. ($6000)

1989 British Council. Publication research grant. ($1000)

1991 Grant (bequest) from the Massabki Estate to establish the Antoine Massabki Endowment to support the McGill University - China Medical University Cooperative Project and other international projects. ($65,000).

1998 Two British Council Travel Grants to support sabbatical leave visits to libraries in the U.K.


1992 - Career Recognition Award for outstanding librarianship. McGill University.

1997 - Fellow of the (UK) Library Association, now the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

1998 - Honorary Research Librarian, China Medical University, Shenyang.

1999 - Honorary Life Member, Canadian Health Libraries Association.

2002 - Emeritus Librarian, McGill University.

2017 - The Canadian Health Libraries Association named their Life Membership Award the "David S. Crawford Honourary Life Membership Award (Membre honoraire à vie David S. Crawford")


2007 Elected Member, Toronto Medical Historical Club. President, 2008-2009.

2007- Delegate from MTCC 573 to the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association. (Webmaster of SLNA 2007-2016) ( ) Chair, Heritage Committee 2017- Reprsentative of SLNA on the St Lawrence Market BIA's Streetscape Committee 2015- .

2008- Board of Directors, Secretary and Webmaster, MTCC 573. ( )

2013-2018 City of Toronto. First Parliament Site Working Group. Member. Representing the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association.


First language English, some ability to read and comprehend French.

Revised April 2020.

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