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BCLA Awards

Each year the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) invites the library community, partners, and stakeholders to nominate individuals and organizations for awards recognizing outstanding work in libraries throughout the province. BCLA is privileged to present three awards for outstanding work in libraries across the province.

2022 Award winners

BCLA Awards Categories

 

BCLA Building Better Communities Award

This award is for an individual or organization responsible for increasing the relevancy and impact of library service through partnership, collaboration, and building trust where little had previously existed. The winner may be engaged in service delivery, professional development, marketing, or community-led library work.  Achievements may originate with a library or an individual, or with a community partner.

The BCLA Building Better Communities Award evolves from the Association’s commitment to open access and inclusion. BCLA advocates for libraries and library services for all British Columbians. This includes barrier-free facilities, open and equitable access to library services, and environments free of racism, religious intolerance, and violence. BCLA believes that people, communities and organizations need universal access to information, ideas, and works of the imagination for their social, cultural, educational, democratic and economic well-being.

Recognizing that it takes significant time for many projects to mature and for those involved to demonstrate the impact of the work or the success of the idea, the BCLA Building Better Communities will consider submissions based on work done in the two years prior to the date of the award application.

Please access the form and submit your application for the BCLA Building Better Communities Award here:  BCLA Awards Nomination Form.

Nominations for 2023 will accepted until Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

 

BCLA Eureka Award

This award is given to an individual or organization that has created an innovative approach to address a barrier, solve a problem, provide a powerful new insight, or introduce an original idea in the library field.

This is an award for thinkers, analysers, innovators, dreamers, and doers. An individual winner may have completely solved a problem or fully developed a new idea, or may have been a significant contributor to a larger team project. The winner may be an organization responsible for a considerable contribution to the library community, a contribution that helps the library community as a whole and strengthens the “idea” of library in our society–or the recipient may not be from the library community, but has made a notable contribution to the relevance of libraries.

The BCLA Eureka Award grows out of BCLA’s commitment to analyzing, supporting, and participating in the ongoing evolution of libraries and library services. It is linked to BCLA’s stated core value to support and encourage creativity and innovation.

It takes time and commitment to build an idea up from a concept into a project or program through assessment, modifications, and evaluation. With this in mind, the BCLA Eureka Award will consider submissions based on work begun in the five years prior to the date of the award application.

Please access the form and submit your application for the BCLA Eureka Award here: BCLA Awards Nomination Form.

Nominations for 2023 will accepted until Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

 

BCLA Champion of Intellectual Freedom Award (on hiatus)

This award has been put on hiatus until the pending review of the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Statement has been completed, recognizing that there is a lack of clear criteria to guide nominations and the selection of a winner until the review is completed. BCLA recognizes that our members have a diversity of opinions on the application of intellectual freedom principles, and that more listening, learning and discussion is required as we strive to reflect the complexity of this value and how it manifests in our work.

This award is given to an individual or organization that demonstrates significant advancement of intellectual freedom in the public realm for the benefit of British Columbians.

The BCLA Board recognizes that our members have a diversity of opinions on the application of intellectual freedom principles. Further, we recognize there are many more conversations to be had, many more voices to hear, and many more debates ahead. As a Board, we commit to working with members to evolve our statements and awards to reflect intersecting interests and values.

This is an award for librarians and library staff that champion intellectual freedom issues in their libraries, their communities, their province or their country. The winner could also be a journalist, or media outlet, an organization dedicated to free speech and challenging expected norms, a lawyer, policy maker, or community leader.

The BCLA Champion of Intellectual Freedom Award grows out of the Association’s commitment to uphold the principles and tenets of intellectual freedom including the right to seek, receive, hold and disseminate information from all points of view—a foundation of a democratic society.

Recognizing that it takes significant time for many projects to mature and for those involved to demonstrate the impact of the work or the success of the idea, the BCLA Champion of Intellectual Freedom Award will consider submissions based on work done in the two years prior to the date of the award application.

 

 

BCLA Section / Committee / Interest Group Awards

 

BC Academic Libraries Section (BCALS) Outstanding Contribution Award

Please note: This award is administered by the BCALS section of the British Columbia Library Association.

The BC Academic Librarians Section (ALS) Outstanding Contribution Award goes to an academic librarian, or team of same, whose outstanding contribution has made a real difference to students, faculty, or colleagues in British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the ALS Award page.

 

Young Adult and Children’s Services Section Award

Please note: This award is administered by the YAACS section of the British Columbia Library Association.

The Young Adult and Children’s Services Section (YAACS) established the YAACS Award in 2012 to recognize exceptional service in the area of children’s or teen librarianship in British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the YAACS Award page.

 

BCCATS Technical Services Award

Please note: This award is administered by the Cataloguing and Technical Services Interest Group (BCCATS) of the British Columbia Library Association.

The BCCATS Technical Services Award recognizes an individual or unit working in technical services that has demonstrated excellence and/or made a difference to users and colleagues in British Columbia in the area of Technical services.

For more information, please visit the BCCATS Award page.

2023 BCLA Awards Committee members

Todd Mundle, President (Chair)
Alyssa Green
Rhiannon Wallace
Shideh Taleban
Sajni Lacey
Rina Hadziev (ex officio)