The City of Ottawa has announced the process to be followed in naming the building which will house the City's Central Archives, copied below. My comments follow.
Ottawa - Due to increased public interest, the City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to submit proposals to commemoratively name the new Central Archives Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre.Comment.
Nominees for commemoration should meet at least one (1) of the following criteria:
The new Central Archives Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre.is located at 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe Avenue).
Commemorative naming proposals for this facility must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. All of the names submitted will be vetted in accordance with the Commemorative Naming Policy, then be listed for 60 days of public consultation, in accordance with Policy guidelines. Eligible submissions and the results of the public consultation will be reviewed by the Commemorative Naming Committee and a recommendation will be made to the Community and Protective Services Committee and City Council in September.
If you would like to submit a name for consideration or require any further information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
The name given to such a facility should bear some relationship to its mission, that is, a premium should be put on the criteria that the naming should be for someone who has historical significant to the heritage/library community. Just as the stadium at Lansdowne Park was named for Frank Clare, renowned Ottawa Roughrider coach, so a library/archives facility should reflect the purpose of the facility.
I understand that the name of Claude Aubrey, a former City Librarian, has already been submitted and the previously submitted name of William Pittman Lett, the first City Clerk of the newly-named municipality of Ottawa, a post he held for 36 years, will be resubmitted.