"A diocesan resource libray to serve clergy and lay leadership has been set up in the synod office of the diocese of Kootenay. The library will include video cassettes and resources for Bible study groups, inter-generational groups, baptism and confirmation groups, youth groups and others."
(1) To amend clause (k) of Section 32 (Committees), pp.42-44, to read as follows:
"(k) Archives of which the Registrar and the General Secretary of the Synod shall be members."
(2) To enact a new Section to be numbered 32A immediately following Section 32 and reading as follows:
32A. It shall be the duty of the Archives Committee:
(a) To co-operate with the Registrar in his duties.
(b) To preserve safely, arrange and index all journals, files, papers, reports, minutes, legal documents, contracts, publications, enactments, canons and other records relating to the Synod and its departments and to regulate the access to the use of such records.
(c) To nominate to the Synod or the Executive Council suitable persons for appointment as Archivist, Librarian and other Assistants and to define their duties.
(d) To organize a Reference Library relating to the history, activities and affairs of the Church in Canada, and the Anglican Communion.
(e) To co-operate with the Canadian Church Historical Society in promoting interest in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada.
(f) To report to the General Synod and the Executive Council from time to time concerning the progress and needs of the Archives, library, and the general work of the Archives Committee." CARRIED Message L-26.
"Medley was appointed Bishop of Fredericton on 25 April 1845, consecrated at Lambeth Palace on 4 May and enthroned in Fredericton on 11 June". When the Fredericton cathedral was completed in 1853 a catalogue of the books in the Cathedral Library was also published. "A great deal of energy had gone into this very typical nineteenth-century catalogue. At publication it contained 2770 entries. This library's success was in Medley's determination to acquire books during each trip to England". "What we have discussed are the majority of books in the Cathedral Library. The question remains about the bishop's personal library. What became of it ?" The answer was finally given in an article in Fredericton's 'Daily Gleaner' of 6 August 1904, with the caption 'Bishop Medley's Library'. "[S]ome of his most valuable books were sent to England to his surviving sons .... About fifteen hundred have been given in augmentation of the Cathedral Library .... The remaining books have been divided between the six Deaneries of the Diocese, as a supplement to the libraries already belonging to them". "The [reconstructed] Medley library catalogue currently contains 3766 entries and over 5000 volumes. The original catalogue, with the handwritten supplement, contained 3266 entries. The additional 500 entries consist of the books donated by Mrs. Medley, plus the volumes returned. Actually, by searching by bookplate, we established that 965 of the books came from John Medley's collection".
The following report was presented by Canon R.R. Latimer:
Church House Library, started in 1965, was officially opened and dedicated by Archbishop Wright in February 1966.
Existing books including those formerly belonging to the Social Service Department, have been catalogued, and new materials added - particularly reference works and periodicals. Work of the library is increasing and developing as Church House staff make greater use of the librarian's services. Reference service is provided for the staff in all subject areas - other libraries being used for information not available here. Books from other sources are obtained on inter-library loan. There is also reference service to the public on questions relating to the Anglican Communion. Books are lent to anyone interested. Materials have been provided for clergy, for students, for parish study groups (in areas where there is no diocesan library) and for conferences.
A special project is the acquisition of informative material about the Anglican Communion in all parts of the world - a subject area not covered by any other libraries in the vicinity. Forty "Anglican Communion" periodicals are now being received.
All Anglican Communion materials are reported to the National Library at Ottawa.
Canon T.D. Somerville reported that, although the Price Waterhouse Report recommended that the Church House Library should continue under the jurisdiction of the General Secretary of General Synod, the Library Committee believed that it should report to the Executive Director since it is now more involved in the Program function at Church House.
That this matter be referred to the Implementation Committee, for report back to the National Executive Council. CARRIED
On page 8 of his article (pp. -15), Richard Virr refers to "the Communications that have been prepared for this conference. .... I have identified eight categories of libraries but perhaps there are more. Our discussions may bring others to light". The "Communications" section consists of short descriptions of libraries written by various authors and arranged into one of eight categories by Virr. The eight categories are: I. Bray Libraries; II. Diocesan Libraries; III. Colleges, Schools and Institutions; IV. Parish Libraries; V. Sunday School Libraries; VI. Special Libraries; VII. Episcopal Libraries; and VIII. Personal Libraries. Some of these categories include more than one entry. Each Communication is catalogued and indexed separately.
"The Bray Collection consists of the surviving books from three early clerical libraries. In the spring of 1977 about a score of boxes full of old books were discovered in the belfry of Christ Church, Windsor [Nova Scotia], where they had lain forgotten for decades. The hundreds of volumes were the remains of a library owned in the eighteenth century by a clergyman in England". "As indicated by their bookplates, the books were presented to the parish in 1797 by Dr. Bray's Associates of London, which had acquired the library from its former owner". "While the library at Windsor was the first of the Bray Libraries in Nova Scotia, and probably in Canada, a number of others were established throughout the province in the nineteenth century. Two of these are also preserved at King's [College, Halifax]. The parochial library from Trinity Church, Digby (Bray II), founded about 1844 .... The parochial library from Trinity Church, Liverpool (Bray III), dates from the middle of the nineteenth century".
"The Waterloo Clerical Lending Library, founded in 1845, was established under the guidance of the SPCK. In 1865, at a meeting of the Clerical Association of the Deanery of Bedford, it was decided to move the clerical Library located in the Parish of Waterloo [Quebec] to the Parish of Dunham, in an effort to reach a greater number of individuals".
"The Ottawa Diocesan Archives holds what appears to be the Bray Library for Cornwall, Ontario: 'The Clerical Lending Library of the East District Clerical Association' Diocese of Toronto, 1846'. There are some forty-two titles in some sixty volumes". [Text of entire Communication.]
Reporting on his trip to England in 1884, Bishop Edward Sullivan, of Algoma, reported on his work toward the "improvement in our clerical libraries in Algoma ... by the formation of 'Lending Libraries', to remain forever the property of the diocese". After contacting numerous societies, individuals and publishers, the bishop had received about six hundred books. "These have been subdivided into infant libraries, one being planted at Port Sydney in Charge of the Rev. R.W. Plant, for the use of the missionaries in Muskoka, a second at Shequiandah, in the care of the Rev. F. Frost, for Manitoulin Island, and the third for the cathedral city of Sault Ste. Marie (population 800), for the remaining clergy of the diocese". "I shall be most grateful to any member of the Church of England in Canada who will follow the beginning that has been made, and give our clerical lending libraries a place in their loving remembrance". The contents of the library were transferred to Trinity College, Toronto, in the 1980s.