To browse other articles on a range of HSL topics, see the A-Z index.
Ada Ducas is the Head of the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Manitoba (UM) and holds the rank of Librarian in the Libraries and Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba (UM). She has held a number of positions during her career including Director of Educational Resources at the Health Sciences Centre (1985-1990), and Head of the Science Library at the UM (1991-1995).
In 1989 she established the Manitoba Health Information Network (MHINET). The focus of MHINET was on providing knowledge-based information to northern, rural and urban nurses who did not have access to library services. In 1997, in collaboration with the Department of Community Health Sciences, she received funding to establish an Indigenous Health Collection at the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library. This discrete collection holds many unique resources and supports health professionals, researchers and students at the University, the Province and is a resource for the rest of Canada.
Ducas worked with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to implement an Agreement which transferred the management of the hospital and health care libraries in the city to the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library. These facilities include the Concordia Hospital Library, J.W. Crane Memorial Library, Riverview Health Centre Virtual Library, Bill Larson Library at the Grace Hospital, Sister St. Odilon Library at the Misericordia Health Centre, Carolyn Sifton-Helene Fuld Library at St. Boniface Hospital, Seven Oaks General Hospital Library and the Victoria General Hospital Library.
Ducas established Manitoba’s Health Information and Knowledge Network (MHIKNET) in 2008. MHIKNET is an information service provided by the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries to the staff of Manitoba Health, staff of participating Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba, and physicians in Manitoba. Ducas is currently working on establishing Manitoba's eHealth Library.
Ducas worked with the Health Sciences Center Librarian, Mê-Linh Lê, and the Head of the Winnipeg Public Library, Rick Walker, to establish a leisure reading collection in 2014. Through this unique partnership, The Relax n’ Read Collection provides a selection of fiction and non-fiction books for the staff and students of the Faculty of the Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus.
Ducas has been active in professional associations at the provincial and national level. She was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL). She has held many positions in the Manitoba Health Libraries Association, including President. For several years, she devoted much time to working on the Executive of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, serving as a Director for four years and also holding the position of President (1991-1992). She served as Chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada - Committee on Libraries (2002-2004). Ducas served on the Canadian Health Network Advisory Board (2004-2007). She served as a member of the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Advisory Board and Chaired the CISTI Committee on Health Sciences Information from 2002-2011. She has served on the University of Manitoba's Senate Planning and Priorities Committee (SPPC) since 2003 and has been Chair of the SPPC since 2010.
Awards and distinctions
Ducas has received a number of awards in recognition of her contributions to the field: