2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence
in Public Library Service
Nominations for the 2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service will open on December 1, 2016 and close on February 24, 2017. What service do you have that can be nominated for an award? Nomination forms will be uploaded to this page on December 1, 2016.
The YOU Libraries Award voting will run from March 27-31, 2017.
The awards will be presented at the Alberta Library Conference on April 28, 2017.
The rules can be found here.
The Idea: identify and share great service
In 2009, a committee of MLAs recommended, in the Framework for the Future report on the future of Alberta's libraries, that the Government of Alberta "designate public libraries that house innovative programs, services or technologies as centres of excellence", and "package and share their knowledge and expertise."
How to designate a centre of excellence? An award from our Minister responsible for public library services seemed like the biggest endorsement we could give. An awards program is a way to identify, acknowledge and encourage best practices, and to capture and communicate ideas that can be replicated by libraries across Alberta.