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Laine Ruus

Laine Ruus

2011 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative

Laine Ruus (M.A., University of Toronto) describes herself as “the oldest living data librarian in North America.” Ruus was active as a data librarian, making social science and other data available to users, for over thirty-five years. She was head of the Data Library Service at the University of Toronto from 1988 until her retirement in 2010; prior to that she headed up the Data Library at the University of British Columbia from 1972-1988.

Ruus was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Public Data Users and was very active in IASSIST, starting in 1975 and serving as secretary, vice president, and chair or coordinator of many committees over 35 years. She was very involved in the Canadian Consortium for Social Research (now defunct) and was the official contact for the University of Toronto to the Data Liberation Initiative for many years. She presented at numerous seminars, workshops, and conferences over the course of her career and kept pace with the changes in technology. Ruus received the IASSIST Achievement Award in 2010. That award recognizes the cumulative contributions of an individual to the organization and to the profession.

Ruus served as the ICPSR Official Representative for the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2010. Additionally, in 1994 she was instrumental in forming the ICPSR Canadian federation that serves eastern Canada, the Ontario Council of University Libraries/Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (OCUL/CREPUQ) and in keeping that federation active. She served as the ICPSR hub representative for that federation, which now includes 19 colleges and universities, from 1995 to 2010.