Ann (Nevill) Manning

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Ann Nevill Manning, researcher and health librarian
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Ann Douglas Woodworth (Nevill) Manning (1929 — 2014) was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia in the Annapolis Valley, and graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology (major in biology, minors in chemistry and German). From 1951 through 1967, her research career focused on the effects of radiation on bacteria and enzymes (in Chalk River) as well as tissue culture at the Connaught Laboratories. At the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, she instructed dental students in microbiological techniques and bacterial radiology for the Radiological Health Department. Ann entered the University of Michigan’s library school in 1957, and in her first year of the program she continued to work in biochemical research. In her last research position, she conducted literature searches and maintained the department’s book collection.

Ann Nevill Manning’s career as a professional librarian began in 1968 when she was invited to the US National Library of Medicine to learn about searching and indexing as an NLM intern. She became a search analyst at the University of Michigan MEDLARS Center in 1968, and provided reference services at the Medical Center Library during this period. After a few years as a reference librarian, Manning returned to Canada in 1973 as head of the Health Protection Branch Library, Canada Health and Welfare; later she assumed the duties of head librarian in the Health Sciences Resource Centre at CISTI. She was the first trainer of the Medlars system in Canada during her time with the Health Sciences Resource Centre at CISTI. Ann returned to Nova Scotia in 1976 as Head of Library Services at Bedford Institute of Oceanography. In the mid-1970s, she was a member of the committee that led to the establishment of CHLA/ABSC (Canada).

In 1978, Ann became Dalhousie’s health sciences librarian, a position she held until her retirement in 1990. During her time as the Kellogg librarian, she developed a circuit rider library program in the Annapolis Valley, and worked closely with the region's health libraries. The system of outreach library services which she envisioned served hospitals in the Annapolis Valley from 1984 to 1996. A notable accomplishment during this period was the committee she chaired that led to the publication Libraries without walls: blueprint for the future. A report of a survey of health science library collections and services in Canada authored by Muriel (Babs) Flower.

Ann’s professional memberships included the Canadian Library Association, Atlantic Provinces Library Association, and Halifax Library Association as well as Maritime Health Library Association, Canadian Health Library Association, Medical Library Association and American Association of Health Science Library Directors. For the latter, she served in both committee and executive roles. After her retirement in 1990, Ann moved back to the Annapolis Valley in a cottage at Avonport Beach and home in Wolfville, later moving to Kentville. In 1995-1996, she acted as a consultant to the regional health board and completed a study on patient education and consumer health information services. She was active in the Valley Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and the Canadian Federation of University Women Wolfville branch, and served two-year terms as president in both. She staffed the information desk at Valley Regional Hospital, and engaged in other fund-raising and volunteer activities.

Ann Nevill Manning maintained an active life until mid 2014, and lived in her own home, driving, shopping and dining out with family and friends.


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