Digital Transformation - November 20 2019
Paul Tetrault is Executive Director of The Insurance Library in Boston, a leading resource for literature, information services, and quality professional education for the insurance industry. Founded in 1887, the library’s collection and services are available at no charge to consumers including students. We sat down with Paul to ask a few questions about the Insurance Library’s collection and mission, how to attract younger talent to the insurance profession, and what the past can tell us about the present – and future – of the insurance industry.
Paul, the Insurance Library has a fascinating and irreplaceable collection of resources related to insurance going back to when the library was founded in 1887. What are some of the most treasured or surprising assets in the collection?
That’s a hard question because this is the kind of place that has treasures and surprises around every corner. The breadth of our collection itself is remarkable considering its focus. For instance, we have the earliest published books about auto insurance as well as the newest articles about cyber liability. We have historical materials including journals that cover the history of society as seen through the lens of insurance over the past century and a half. To offer something more specific, I would say that our collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which are huge volumes that would have been used by any insurer operating in the first part of the last century, are always a point of interest for visitors to the Library.