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William O. Carson, 1879-1929

Inspector of Public Libraries, 1916-29

William Oliver Carson was born in London, Ontario, on 8 March 1874. Carson was a London alderman before assuming the post of chief librarian of the London Public Library in 1906. Under his leadership, London residents were provided with up-to-date contemporary library services, including open access to books and a children's library.

Carson was president of the Ontario Library Association in 1914/15 and moved to Toronto in 1916 to take up the office of Inspector of Public Libraries. During his tenure, he founded the Ontario Library Review (1916-82), revamped training programs for the Ontario Library School, encouraged better standards of service, and was instrumental in revising and improving the Public Libraries Act in 1920. He died on 27 September 1929.

Photo caption: William O. Carson, no date
Photo source: London Public Library
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