Oxford’s Loss is UVic’s Gain: 6 September 2012 Talk and Dinner


Invitation to VIOCS Members:

The University of Victoria has invited us to co-sponsor a slide show and talk by the university’s newly-appointed Head Librarian, Jonathan Bengston (Exeter, 1992), on 6 September 2012. A VIOCS dinner will follow at Paprika’s Bistro on Estevan Avenue in Oak Bay.  Please join us for either or both events.


Slide Show and Talk

This is a public and free event. Jonathan Bengston’s talk, More fit our bright abodes, for warbling muses and inspiring gods”: seven centuries of the library at The Queen’s College, Oxford,” is a highly-polished and engaging look at the history of books and libraries at Oxford, with a particular focus on the remarkable collection at Queen’s College.  Jonathan’s talk will be held on 6 September 2012 at the Mearns Centre for Learning (adjoining UVic Library) Main Level, Room 129, from 4:30 to 6:00, including time for questions. Please come early to ensure a seat. Reservations are not required for this event.


VIOCS Dinner

Following Jonathan’s talk on 6 September, VIOCS members and their guests are invited to attend a dinner at Paprika’s Bistro at 2524 Estevan Avenue in Oak Bay.  Please register a.s.a.p. with the organizing committee to attend this dinner ([email protected]). Paprika’s chef/owner Geoff Parker will be closing the restaurant to the public to host VIOCS’s private dinner and show us his culinary talents, so we would ask you to support this event.  Drinks will be available at a cash bar upon your arrival at 6:15, with dinner served at 6:45.  A 3-course meal (meat/fish/vegetarian options, with details to be forthcoming) will be offered for a cost of $45 per person (tax and gratuity included). The restaurant will comfortably accommodate 40 guests for this event, so please register with us early by email to ensure a seat. Transportation will be available from UVic to Paprika’s Bistro for those requiring a ride, if indicated in advance.

We hope to hear from you by 29 August 2012. Please mail your cheque in the amount of $45 to  Brian Scarfe, VIOCS treasurer, as follows:

Dr. Brian Scarfe:  Suite 416, 21 Dallas Road, Victoria, B.C. V8V 4Z9.


We look forward to your attendance at another splendid VIOCS evening!

Dr. Dorothy Kennedy (Exeter, 1997), on behalf the Organizing Committee