Retirement : Renata Guttman

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Renata Guttman
Canadian Centre for Architecture (1989-2016), Montreal

For nearly three decades, Renata worked tirelessly to ensure researchers from far and near could make the most of their time at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). Her thorough knowledge of the CCA collection as well as of related collections in Montreal and around the world have greatly facilitated the research of CCA curators and editors, visiting scholars, and local and international architects, students, and faculty. 

Soon after obtaining her Master in Library Studies from McGill University, she began working as a librarian at the CCA. She brought with her a strong background in Art History, an exceptional knowledge of world culture and, most importantly, an ability to fluently speak four languages (French, Italian, German, and English).

Renata was instrumental in the integration of online resources to the library collection as well as the development of the first library website.Renata became head of reference at the CCA. She was heavily involved in the amalgamation of the separate services to consult the four original parts of the CCA Collection (library, archives, prints & drawings, and photography) into one centralized service, Collection Reference, that provides access to all collection material seamlessly. 

Throughout her career, Renata was a steady and active member of the ARLIS/NA MOQ Chapter, serving as Chapter President twice, in 1996 and 2006. 

My first year at the CCA as head of collection access, was Renata’s last year as head of reference. During those months, she offered invaluable guidance; she was generous in sharing her vast experience and her knowledge of the institution, the collection, and the researchers. Her passion for architecture and her commitment to the Canadian Centre for Architecture is still evident as she continues to attend lectures and events at the CCA, and is always quick to respond to any questions that we may have. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work and learn from Renata and I wish her all the best in her retirement.

Mar González Palacios
Head of Access, Collection 
Canadian Centre for Architecture

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