1Basil Stuart-Stubbs made a lasting contribution to the University of British Columbia and to scholarship, as well as the broader world of Canadian writing and publishing.
His multi-faceted career at UBC included serving as:
- the first Head of Special Collections;
- University Librarian from 1964 to 1981;
- and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) from 1981 to 1992.
As well as being a leading advocate for the establishment of the Public Lending Right for Canadian authors, Basil took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books. His significant accomplishments include:
- Chairing the UBC Publications Centre, which created UBC Press (Basil was Chair of the UBC Press Board for 10 years and Acting Director for a year);
- Collaborating with Bill Duthie and Harald Bohne to establish Canadian Books in Print, a key reference source;
- Organizing the first conference on regional publishing in Western Canada, which led to the establishment of the Association of B.C. Book Publishers;
- Serving as a founding member and second President of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions;
- Serving as a founding member of the Alcuin Society;
- Serving as a founding Board member of the SFU Centre for Canadian Publishing;
- Participating in the establishment of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature (he was the first Circulation Manager).
Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs, the eighth University Librarian at UBC, passed away on May 29, 2012. He was 82.
After his passing, many tributes were published, including “Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs: bibliophile, scholar, librarian” by UBC Library, “He made books and writers a priority” in the Globe and Mail, “Basil Stuart-Stubbs: 1930-2012″ in Quill & Quire and “Remembering Basil Stuart-Stubbs” in ABC Bookworld.