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Robert Harold Blackburn died on Sept. 17,2019, at age 100. He was the former chief librarian at the University of Toronto, where he helped increase its collection by nearly 5 million volumes from almost every country. His first library job was at Calgary Public Library in 1945. He then joined the staff at the University of Toronto and became chief librarian in 1954, serving until 1981. In 1963, Blackburn helped build up the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), chairing the board of directors from 1967 to 1968. He was also active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), serving on that board from 1965 to 1968 and 1971 to 1973, chairing the Committee on Specifications for Study of Automation in 1970, and serving on the Preservation of Research Library Materials Committee from 1963 to 1975. Source:

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