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Mary Elizabeth Dykstra Lynch has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
As a professor emeritus of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Dr. Lynch has proven her commitment to the principles of higher education and learning throughout her distinguished career.
Before starting in the field as head cataloguer for Dalhousie University Library, she earned a BA from Calvin College in Michigan and a Master of Library Service degree from Dalhousie University. Shortly after receiving her master’s degree she was appointed as an assistant professor at Dalhousie’s School of Library Service, later called the School of Library and Information Studies. She was an associate professor there from 1978-1982. The following year she left to become senior audiovisual librarian at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, returning to the Dalhousie University school in 1983. In 1986 she became director of the same institution, at the same time graduating with her Ph.D. from Sheffield University, England. From 1987 she served as a professor at Dalhousie for ten years, seven of those years continuing as director.
Throughout the course of her notable and lengthy career, Dr. Dykstra Lynch has had the opportunity to parlay her knowledge into marketable works such as “Access to Film Information” and “PRECIS: a primer” (published as the textbook of its indexing system by the British Library, London). She has served on various boards and as consultant to several libraries and other institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Additionally she has been featured in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.