Minister's Awards

 
2018 Minister's Awards for Excellence
in Public Library Service


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service and YOU Libraries Award! The awards were presented by Alberta Municipal Affairs Deputy Minister Brad Pickering at the Alberta Library Conference on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The winners are:

 

City of Camrose Library Board for their Snacks in the Stacks Program


Left to right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Nicole Bannick,
Program Coordinator and Elizabeth Luck, Chair

Snacks in the Stacks offers a wide array of healthy food choices to kids who come to the library after-school. Camrose Public Library works with Alberta Health Services to ensure the snacks are in line with the Canada Food Guide and has partnered with University of Alberta students at the Augustana campus to help serve the snacks. The program has reached an amazing 6400 kids so far and an average of 26 children benefit from it every day.  The program helps families living with food insecurity, creates a welcoming environment for kids and teens in the library, and promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

 

Town of Carstairs Library Board for their Annual Parenting Fair


Left to Right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Pat Christensen, Vice-Chair;
Joanne Merrick, Library Manager and Chantelle Carr, Programmer

Carstairs has many families with young children and the library identified a need to highlight and make parents aware of all the community supports available to them.  The library created and hosts an annual night where local groups have on-site booths and share information with parents.  In the six years that it has been hosting the Parenting Fair, the Carstairs Library has partnered with nearly 60 organizations.  These range from Parent Link and FCSS centres to Scouts Troops and Judo Clubs as well as local small businesses. The public library brought them all together.

 

Town of Morinville Library Board for their Indigenous Canada Learning Circle


Left to Right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and
Isabelle Cramp, Library Manager

The Indigenous Canada Learning Circle leveraged the University of Alberta’s Massively Open Online Course called “Indigenous Canada” and made it available to anyone at the Morinville Public Library.  Using a learning circle format, the Morinville Library gave people a safe place to learn and work through information about Indigenous and Canadian history as well as discuss their opinions and questions around the important and complex issue of Reconciliation.  The series of weekly programs at the library as well as online material, reached a staggering 135,000 people.

 

Parkland County Library Board for their WiFi Hotspots Program


Left to Right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Alex Daum, Community
Services Librarian; Sarah Leteta, Chair; Kathleen Linder, Board Member
and Barb Shackel-Hardman, Vice Chair

The Wifi Hotspots Lending Program provides internet access to individuals or households in Parkland County who have limited internet or cannot afford internet. This program partnered with TELUS – who have donated eight smart hubs with unlimited data to four library sites. Each library also has a lendable Chromebook for patrons to borrow.  The library stated in its application, “The WIFI Hotspots Lending Program is innovative as it provides something that many residents may take for granted – access to the internet. In the digital age, this is an essential and valuable service. This service fosters an enjoyment of technology and an increase in digital literacy skills for all ages.”

 

The YOU Libraries award winner is:

Town of Morinville Library Board for their Indigenous Canada Learning Circle


Left to Right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Stacey Buga, Program Coordinator, MCL
and Paul Gareau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, U of A

The Indigenous Canada Learning Circle leveraged the University of Alberta’s Massively Open Online Course called “Indigenous Canada” and made it available to anyone at the Morinville Public Library.  Using a learning circle format, the Morinville Library gave people a safe place to learn and work through information about Indigenous and Canadian history as well as discuss their opinions and questions around the important and complex issue of Reconciliation.  The series of weekly programs at the library as well as online material, reached a staggering 135,000 people.


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.

  • Date modified: 2018-08-01