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Librarian Donna Canevari de Paredes is the longest-serving active female employee at the University of Saskatchewan, with 45 years on campus. (Photo: James Shewaga)

Love of collections keeps long-time USask librarian inspired

When Donna Canevari de Paredes began her career as a librarian at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), she didn’t actively set out to work at the same institution for decades, let alone live so far away from Connecticut where she grew up. But life rarely follows a carefully crafted plan.

“In the beginning, of course, I never intended to be either in Saskatchewan or at USask for this long,” she said. “But, as with most of life, it just happens.”

Now the head of the Murray Library, Canevari de Paredes came to campus in 1974 after completing her master’s degree in library and information science at Columbia University in New York. Forty-five years later, after decades of advancements and enhancements in the University Library, and libraries in general, she is not only the longest-serving library employee, but the longest-serving female employee at USask.

Canevari de Paredes was inspired to pursue librarianship by the familiar factors that move so many: a love of reading, books, and research.

Read the complete story at USask news.

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