Education | Information Management
Passionate and dedicated, Mary Dykstra Lynch is celebrating more than four decades of excellence at Dalhousie University. Her tenure with the school started in 1970, when she graduated with a Master of Library Science and began working as a head cataloger for the Dalhousie University Library. She quickly realized she had found a home with the institution, and her talent and hardworking nature made her an invaluable addition to their staff. Dr. Dykstra Lynch was continually selected for promotions, and she rose from assistant professor at the School of Library Service to associate professor of the School of Library and Information Studies. From 1986 to 1995, she served as the director of the School of Library and information Studies, and from 1987 to 1997, she served as a full professor. Upon her retirement that year, she was granted the distinguished title of professor emeritus, which she holds to this day.
Dr. Dykstra Lynch has held a variety of positions outside Dalhousie University as well. She was a senior audiovisual librarian for the national Film Board of Canada, a member of the advisory board for the School of Health Records Science at the Halifax Infirmary, a research officer at the University of Sheffield, and a member of the National Information Highway Advisory Council of Canada. Further, she maintained membership with the Canada Commission on Cataloging, the Canadian Library Association, and the Canada advisory committee for the International Organization of Standardization, among other organizations. To advance her knowledge and standing in her professional community, she completed continuing education at the University of Sheffield and obtained a PhD in 1986.