On behalf of BCLA, I am happy to share the list of 2021 BCLA award winners. I was privileged to host the award ceremony this year as the incoming BCLA President, and I can’t imagine a better way to start my term than by recognizing and celebrating the innovative and impactful work of our members. This year, BCLA presented six awards for outstanding work in libraries across the province:
The BCLA Building Better Communities Award is for those engaged in service delivery, professional development, marketing, or community-led library work. 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 2021 award was presented to North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library for their Take-Home Technology joint initiative, and to Tania Thomas for Somali programs at Surrey Libraries.
The BCLA Champion of Intellectual Freedom Award is for librarians and library staff that champion intellectual freedom issues in their libraries, their communities, their province or their country. 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 2021 award was presented to Allison Jones and Karen Ng of the Organizing Ideas Podcast.
The BCLA Eureka Award is for thinkers, analysers, innovators, dreamers, and doers. It 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. The 2021 award was presented to the Steering Committee of the Making Research Accessible in the Downtown Eastside Initiative.
The BC Summer Reading Club Community Story Award recognises an individual who recounts an experience, event or observation that best demonstrates the impact of the Summer Reading Club within their community. The 2021 award had two winners: Kate Longley of North Vancouver City Library and Danielle Wing of North Vancouver District Public Library.
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. The 2021 award was presented to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University OPUS Team.
The Young Adult and Children’s Services Section Award recognizes librarians, library technicians, teacher-librarians and others who have, as individuals or teams, demonstrated exceptional dedication and service in children’s or teen librarianship in British Columbia. The 2021 award was presented to Melodie Rae Storey of Nelson Public Library.
More information about the individual awards can be found at https://bclaconnect.ca/professional-development/awards-nominations/.
Congratulations once again to all the winners and the many nominees; your work demonstrates the important, timely, and life changing work libraries do across the province.
Todd Mundle, BCLA President