2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence
in Public Library Service
Nominations for the 2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service are now open! What service do you have that can be nominated for an award? The nomination form can be found here.
We will only be accepting nomination packages in electronic format. Any pictures should be provided separately in a jpeg format. The nomination package and pictures can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nomination packages is February 24, 2017. 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.