Margaret Haines holds a Bachelor of Arts (’70) from Carleton University and a Master of Library Science (’75) from the University of Toronto.

It is with immense privilege, pride, and gratitude that we recognize alumna, long-standing staff member, visionary, and volunteer, Margaret Haines for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of Carleton University.

There are few more deserving of the Founders Award, the University’s highest non-academic honour, than Margaret Haines. Her example has inspired change, championed progress, and driven action.

Following an extensive career in health and academic library services both in the UK and Canada, Margaret rejoined Carleton, her alma mater, in 2006 where she served as University Librarian for ten years – a role that she would use to enhance the culture of community intrinsic to our Institution.

The Building

A tenacious spirit, a vision, and a willingness to challenge tradition positioned Margaret well to succeed. Her on-campus involvement started quickly; leveraging her knowledge to work on projects related to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the introduction of copyright, scholarly communications and research data management support services.

Yet as remarkable as these accomplishments were, it was the opportunity to reposition Carleton’s MacOdrum Library at the heart of the university and community that remains Margaret Haines’ crowning achievement.

Faced with the challenge to evolve or stagnate, libraries were at a pivotal crossroads. Electronic information and data were growing in importance. Libraries needed to provide access to multiuse spaces where people could study quietly or work together collaboratively. University libraries, especially, needed to not only reach out to those on campus but to the local community and to those working at a distance. It was time to defy the conventions of yesteryear, and Margaret was at the helm.

Instrumental in shaping and overseeing the most significant renovation in MacOdrum Library’s history, Margaret took on the roles of consultant, stakeholder liaison, and building planner with zest. The $27-million renovation, completed in 2013, modernized the space for students and remains the hub of campus, providing a flexible and inspirational learning environment for all who enter its doors.

The People

While Margaret’s achievements have defined her reputation, what’s always mattered most is the people. Both a mentor and guide, Margaret supported numerous staff and librarians throughout her career, quickly gaining the respect of all who worked alongside her. Margaret’s leadership has inspired others to care, grow, collaborate, and make a difference, – values at the heart of Carleton University.

As a long-standing volunteer, Margaret’s contributions have marked her a pillar of the community. In her role as Chair of the Canadian Federation of University Women – Ottawa Scholarship Trust, she championed the increase of scholarships (and monetary value) to Carleton University and the University of Ottawa as well as advocated for an annual event that increased the scholarships’ visibility, celebrated recipients, and encouraged the establishment of future grants. These scholarships support students who are sole-support parents, students with disabilities, part-time students, and those in financial need.

In retirement, Margaret continues to volunteer her time to the university, including chairing the 75th Anniversary Academic Program Committee, being an active member of the Carleton University Retirees Association Executive, chairing the Retirees Engagement Committee, and serving as the Alumni Association Senate representative.

“I can think of no better individual who is more deserving of the Founder’s Award,” says Amanda Goth, University Secretary, and Margaret’s former colleague and friend. “Margaret has provided exemplary service to the Carleton community as a student, alumni, leader, retiree, donor and champion.”

Margaret’s dedication, generosity, and commitment to Carleton has enhanced its connection not only to the campus community but beyond.

As Carleton University founder, Henry Marshall Tory, said ‘it is the people, not the buildings, that make an institution’ – a truth Margaret Haines has exemplified with excellence.

Written by:
Maryanne Bright