July 3, 2022

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The man who took over the role of President and Director General of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in July 2021 had nothing to do with Mary Gregory before me a few days ago.

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The man described by some as “biased” then walked on egg shells.

Many observers have expressed their “displeasure” at this woman, who is not skilled in librarianship, for holding this prestigious position. The former ADQ MP responded by seeking a verdict on his actions.

Within a year of this appointment, Mary Gregor agreed to talk to me about the first part of her vision of what BAnQ and the Library Network should look like. According to her, this requires a policy called the “Learning Society”, a concept that has been popular in France for some years and we should pay more attention to it.

This concept, advocated by experts in the world of education, promotes a society in which citizens have access to everything from childhood to the end of their lives.

For this, it is necessary to connect resources and places with those who want to learn. We must also agree to abandon the traditional framework of education and training.

Libraries and archives can become important links in this chain. This is exactly what Mary Gregory wants to do with the companies she directs.

The French found a definition of what a learning community should be like. Mary Gregoir created an event for Quebec to have its own interpretation. A major forum will be held on June 15 and will bring together big names from the world of education, sociology, childhood, as well as the world of archives and libraries.

Franకోois Taddy, one of the report’s researchers Towards a learning community Presented to the French Government in 2017, will be spoken via videoconference.

Four observers will hear from the panelists: Frederick Bouchard, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Montreal, Mia Holmesi, President and CEO of the Institute du Quebec, Regin Laurent, Political Analyst and President of the Rights Commission, and Filmmaker and sociologist.

As for Pauline Morois and sociologist Guy Rocher, they make opening and closing speeches, respectively.

When she came to power, Mary Gregoire read a survey on BAnQ’s notoriety. “9% of Quebeckers know our logo. Okay, this is still the logo. We also learned that 41% of people know about our services. We get great rating of love from subscribers. But what about other Quebecs? ⁇

Mary Gregoir wants to use these collections for new experiences that will help people discover new careers and provide new ways to learn.

I asked him if he was occupying land belonging to the Department of Education. “Certainly not,” she told me. For her, the learning community achieving its goals creates tremendous synergy with all parties.

The more I listen to it, the more I realize that we deal with archie-traditional models based on achieving diplomas.

But learning is an endless thing. We wander in front of the TV for a good show and forget about it.

There are so many people around me in their 50s, 60s, 70s who have a real thirst to learn. To satisfy it, they have the option of going back to school or attending lectures given in the auditoriums on Sunday afternoons.

Can we enrich the roots and ways in which learning begins? Can we be creative in this area? Can we still evoke the joy of learning? The Quebec community we dream of tomorrow has a responsibility to think about these questions.