Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson

Obituary, inCite vol 19, Aug 1998, p23

Barbara Johnson, a library volunteer at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New South Wales died very suddenly in May this year.

Barbara was born in 1914 and gained a Bachelor of Science degree from Sydney University in 1936. She was the scientific library cataloguer with CSIRO from 1939 to 1972, and was granted a CSIRO Scholarship to study cataloguing in the United States of America and United Kingdom, which resulted in her instigating the cataloguing system at CSIRO which is still in use.

Her voluntary work was extensive and included fifteen years with the Royal Blind Society typing scientific books, a range of roles with 2MBS FM and also in her capacity as a librarian with SPELD and of  course with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Barbara had a wide range of interests and was an avid and extensive traveller. In addition, for fifty years she was a member of WEA, a subscription member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a Friend of the Botanical Gardens and a member of the State Library of New South Wales. For the past three years Barbara worked at least two half­days a week and often two full days in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New South Wales Library and Information Service.

She is sorely missed by all the staff at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New South Wales Library and Information Service.