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Dean's Message

Gabrielle Prefontaine, Dean of the University Library

Gabrielle Prefontaine
Dean of the Library

The University of Winnipeg Library is a very special place with a rich history. As Dean of the Library, I have the privilege of hearing stories from many of our alumni and friends about their memories of the Library: spending long hours studying in our ‘classic’ yellow carrels, browsing the endless bays of books in our labyrinth of stacks, or engaging with the many dedicated staff who have worked at the Library over the years. It is always a wonderful reminder of why I love to work here and be part of the UWinnipeg community.
Our President and Vice-Chancellor has called the library the ‘heart and soul of the academy’, highlighting its importance as an interdisciplinary space, a central source of academic support, and a place to engage our community. While the word ‘library’ does not appear on transcripts or diplomas, the quality of our spaces, programmes and services will have an impact on the overall experience and success of our students on their path toward graduation. Our value is best defined by our contribution to teaching, learning, and research on this campus, and it is my job to continue working with students, librarians, staff, faculty and the wider community to ensure that we are doing this in meaningful ways.

Best wishes,
Gabrielle Prefontaine

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