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“Phyllis loves Kelly” — six decades of Valentine’s Day poetry documents one of U of T couple’s enduring love

February 13, 2014

TORONTO, ON – For six­ty years, Phyl­lis Gotlieb, a cel­e­brat­ed poet, author and Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to grad­u­ate, penned heart­felt vers­es for her hus­band, Kel­ly, a dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus in Com­put­er Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. Togeth­er with Pro­fes­sor Gotlieb, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries has com­piled these works into one book, “Phyl­lis Loves Kel­ly,” an endear­ing snap­shot of Phyl­lis and Kelly’s 60-year mar­riage.

The book’s pub­li­ca­tion was coor­di­nat­ed by Ian Lan­cashire, Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, who says, “If you want to laugh and cry about mar­ried love, this is the book.”

The book is freely avail­able online through the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries’ web­site and print­ed copies are avail­able for order via the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Bookstore’s print on demand ser­vice. Vis­it for a PDF copy of the book and a link to the print-on-demand option.

Wide­ly regard­ed as the “father of com­put­ing in Cana­da”, Pro­fes­sor Gotlieb, now in his 90s, played a piv­otal role in the cre­ation of an ear­ly stan­dard for stor­ing bib­li­o­graph­ic data at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries, lead­ing to the first com­put­er gen­er­at­ed cat­a­log in any library. The stan­dard he designed was adopt­ed by the Library of Con­gress when it dig­i­tized its cat­a­logue in the ear­ly 1960s, lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the MARC stan­dard for library cat­a­logue records in inter­na­tion­al use since that time. Gotlieb’s many oth­er accom­plish­ments include ini­ti­a­tion of the world’s first long-dis­tance use of an elec­tron­ic com­put­er using tele­graph lines between the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan and the FERUT com­put­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to in 1955.


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Mar­garet Wall
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Librar­i­an
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries
Tel: 416–978-1757

Lisa Gay­hart
Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ser­vices Librar­i­an, ITS
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries
Tel: 416–946-0959