Canada’s first female parliamentary librarian talks legacy, retirement, and future of the Library of Parliament
By Shruti ShekarJun. 11, 2018
Sonia L’Heureux talks about keeping the Library relevant, the 25 per cent increase in research services requested by the 42nd Parliament, and the new virtual reality tour rolling out in September.
After six years, Sonia L’Heureux, the chief librarian of the Library of Parliament, will be retiring on June 20. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
At the opposite end of the magnificent Library of Parliament in Centre Block, tucked quietly behind nondescript wooden doors, is the office of the chief librarian, and for the past six years, Sonia L’Heureux kept that seat warm.
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