Olga Bishop 1949 - 1953
Olga Bernice Bishop was born in Dover, New Brunswick on 24 June 1911. She attended all three Mount Allison institutions – the Ladies’ College (MLS, 1930), the Mount Allison Academy (Secretarial certificate) and the University (BA, 1938; MA in History, 1951). Between 1940 and 1946, Bishop was the Senior Administrative Supervisor in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces Records Office, Ottawa, and during this time earned a Bachelor of Public Administration degree (Carleton University, 1946). She also earned a PhD in Philosophy and Library Science (University of Michigan, 1962), making her the first woman in Canada to receive her PhD in Library Science.

Bishop was on the Library staff at Mount Allison University for several years, serving as secretary to the University Librarian, F. W. W. DesBarres, from 1932 to 1939. After her stint in Ottawa, she returned to Mount Allison in 1946 as the Associate Librarian under Mary Falconer. When Falconer left in 1949, Bishop was appointed University Librarian and remained until 1953.  There were several Assistant Librarians working under Bishop.

After leaving Mount Allison, Bishop became the General Librarian and Medical Librarian at the University of Western Ontario. In 1965, she became a professor in the Library Sciences at the University of Toronto, where she remained for the rest of her career.

Mount Allison University conferred a Doctor of Laws honorary degree on Bishop in 1971. She was the first woman in the library profession in Canada to receive an honorary degree while still working in the profession. Bishop died on 11 January 2002 in London, Ontario.

Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/950