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iSchool Alumna Awarded UFV’s First Librarian Emerita Designation

Submitted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Faculty of Information is proud of iSchool alumna, Winfred Elizabeth (Betty) Harris (nee Hanafi), who was awarded a Librarian Emerita designation at the University of Fraser Valley (UFV). This is the first time this designation has been awarded in the University’s history.

Pictured is Betty receiving her award from current university librarian, Kim Isaac (left).

Just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year.

Betty graduated from the Library School with her Bachelor of Library Science degree in 1969, and became the first librarian at the University of Fraser Valley Library, which opened as Fraser Valley College in 1974. Over the years, she impacted the lives of numerous students, colleagues, and faculty members, implementing numerous firsts and introducing many innovations. She retired in 1998.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Mark Evered, and Chair of the Board of Governors, Barry Delaney, commend her legacy saying her “work lives on” in the accomplishments, lives, and careers of all alumni.

“We are still benefitting from the extraordinary work you did in laying the foundations for academic library services at UFV,” they say in a press release.

This glowing praise is fitting for someone who dedicated her entire life to education by working from its inception until her retirement.

Congratulations to this esteemed graduate.

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