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People behind the scenes.

Dr. Wilson served as National Archivist of Canada, 1999 to 2004, and then as head of the newly amalgamated Library and Archives Canada. He retired in 2009 and received the unusual honour of being named Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus. He is currently working with the University of Waterloo in establishing the Stratford Institute for Digital Media and has just completed a two-year term as President of the International Council on Archives (2008-2010).

Dr. Wilson began his career as an archivist at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1970. He subsequently served as Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan (1976-86) and Provincial Archivist of Ontario (1986-99), with responsibility for the Ontario public library system for four years. In 1999 he was appointed as the 7th National Archivist of Canada. Together with the then National Librarian, Roch Carrier, he planned and led the amalgamation of the two institutions, forming Library and Archives Canada. Dr. Wilson was appointed as the first head of the new innovative institution, and during this time he focused on developing the country's documentary heritage in all media and on providing suitable access to citizens, exploring the extensive use of web-based services.

On the international scene, Dr. Wilson was elected: President of the CITRA * in 2000, and Vice-President of the International Council on Archives. He chaired the CITRA meetings in Iceland (2001), Marseilles (2002) and Cape Town (2003). In 2008 he was elected President of the ICA, representing the international archival community in conferences from Seoul to Tamarasset, Riga, Trondheim, Oslo, Paris, Austin, and Tokyo.

Dr. Wilson's career spans many areas, including archival and information management, university teaching and government service. He has worked diligently to make archives accessible and interesting to a wide range of audiences. While helping to safeguard the integrity of archival records and library services, he has encouraged public involvement and outreach. He has published extensively on history, archives, heritage and information management and has lectured nationally and internationally. He holds three honorary doctorates (York, Queen's and Saskatchewan), is a Member of the Order of Canada, and was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is also a fellow of the International Council on Archives, the Association of Canadian Archivists, and the Society of American Archivists.


* CITRA is an acronym for International Conference of the Round Table on Archives (which makes sense in the French equivalent).

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Title Annotation:UELAC; United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada's Ian E. Wilson
Author:Wilson, Ian E.
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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