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CULC/CBUC Members to Receive Awards at OLA Super Conference

Ontario Library Association Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award

Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library

The Ontario Library Association Board of Directors established the Award for Intellectual Freedom in 1997 to recognize the courage shown by individuals and organizations in defending the rights of library patrons to full access to information. In 2000, the Award was renamed the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award in memory of the former Chief Librarian of Toronto Public Library whose efforts on behalf of intellectual freedom in Canada are legendary.

Ken Haycock Award For Promoting Librarianship

Sandra Singh, Vancouver Public Library

The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship. This may have been accomplished through:

  • Exceptional practice as a librarian;
  • Teaching the profession in formal and informal settings: or
  • Writing
  • Selection will also be based on the nominee’s demonstrated actions as an Ambassador and role model for librarianship.

    Ontario Library Association President’s Award

    Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Library and Archives Canada

    The President's Award for Exceptional Achievement acknowledges an outstanding action or contribution that has in a major or unique way enhanced or furthered librarianship in Ontario. The selection is at the full discretion of the President of the OLA. Awards are only given if there is something of true historic significance to recognize.

    Ontario Library Boards’ Association (OLBA) W.J. Robertson Medallion

    Catherine Biss, Markham Public Library

    The W.J. Robertson Medallion is presented by the Ontario Library Boards' Association to a public librarian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of public library service in Ontario.

    William John Robertson was a founding member of the Ontario Library Association. The thirty three "originals" that established the first constitution at the first Annual meeting of the Association in April, 1901, were a very distinguished and active group and W.J. Robertson was among the most prominent.

    Robertson became the fourth President of the Association in 1905 - the first trustee to be elected into the position. Robertson was twice chair of the St. Catharines Free Library Board.

    This provincial award recognizes and honours significant contributions to the library profession. The President of the Ontario Library Boards Association presents the medallion at the annual Public Library Awards dinner held in conjunction with the Ontario Library Association’s annual Super Conference.

    Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) Lifetime Achievement Award

    Susanna Hubbard Krimmer, London Public Library

    The Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a library staff member who has given life long service to the profession and has contributed significantly to the growth and innovation of public libraries in Ontario. The President of the Ontario Public Library Association presents the award at the annual Public Library Awards Gala held at the Ontario Library Association’s annual Super Conference.