Peter Rogers

Retired. Teacher-librarian, Cardinal Newman High School, Hamilton. Advisor, Hamilton Catholic Student Council Presidents’ Association, ten years. Hamilton Public Library Board trustee for eighteen years, twice its chair. President of the Ontario School Library Association 1983-85, the Ontario Library Boards’ Association 2001, the Ontario Library Association 1988-89. Chair, Knowledge Ontario / Ontario Digital Library Project Management Group. Director, Vice-Chair, AlphaPlus Centre Board of Directors. OLA Distinguished Service Award, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies Alumni Jubilee Award and the University of Toronto Arbor Award.
Mentor to: Stephen Abram, Past President OLA and CLA, Incoming President, SLA

I owe a great deal of the best things that have happened in my life and career to Peter Rogers. I first met Peter through a mutual friend in my first year at library school. He encouraged us to come to the OLA conference in Toronto even though we were on a student budget. He made us go anyway promising a transformational experience taking time to tour us through the exhibits, introduce us to the library glitterati and he snuck us into the speech by Premier Davis, and more. After that I was hooked on associations. Following Peter's advice and encouragement I progressed through CASLIS, SLA, OLA and CLA in ever more challenging and fun volunteer duties, always with Peter's hand at my back (and sometimes a nomination or two). He made sure that I contributed as much as I could to his view of the best of my abilities. Annual deliberations at the "Lake" and cocktails at conferences resulted in progress that seemed effortless for him but made a huge impact on libraries and the world. I've never known Peter to say no to a request and he never disappoints. I know Peter provides a quiet wind for a lot of sails in library land. On a personal note Peter has been great mentor and role model for my family as well as a friend who was really there for me as I battled cancer. My life, my career, my kids, would not be the same without the heart and soul that Peter contributes with his every breath.

Stephen Abram