John Ridington

University Librarian


John Ridington was UBC’s first University Librarian. A former journalist and teacher, he started work on the library collection in August 1914 when UBC was in its temporary home at West 10th Avenue and Laurel Street (the Fairview Shacks). By 1916, he had been appointed University Librarian. According to information gathered by the UBC Archives, Ridington was known as a rigid authoritarian and was nicknamed ‘King John’. President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. Aged 56.

“The Doukhobor pilgrimage.” Canadian Magazine 20:211-22, Jan. 1903.
“The crusade of the Doukhobors: the story of a modern pilgrimage.” Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly. 55, no , 4. February 1903.
“Fort George and its tributary territory.” B.C. Magazine, 1912, p. 755-9.
“Panama and the Peace River.” Saturday Sunset. Annual B.C. Development Edition, 1912. p. 11-15.
“The poetry of the War”. Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference Proceedings, 1917, p. 52-90.
“The university, the university library, and the returned soldier.” Library Journal, v. 43 p. 808-16, November 1918.
“The challenge of the present days.” PNLA Conference Proceedings, 1919, p. 7-8. Also in: Public Libraries, v. 25, no. 4, April 1920, p. 175-8)
“New needs and new responsibilities.” American Library Association: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting . Chicago: ALA., 1920. p. 195-203.
“Artist – Artisan, which?” Public Libraries 28:55-62, Feb. 1923.

John Ridington

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