Minister's Awards

 2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence
in Public Library Service

 

Thank you to those who submitted a nomination for the 2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service.

The winners of 2017 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service are:

Lac La Biche County Library Board for their Creating Young Readers Program


Left to right: Wanda Austin, Library Board Trustee; MJ Siebold, Library Board Trustee; Loraine Anderton, Library Board Chair; Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Maureen Penn, Director

The Lac La Biche County Libraries offer a variety of quality early literacy programs throughout the year. These programs address the specific needs of children from birth to five years old and are designed to ensure our youngest community members will enter school successfully; ready to learn to read, write and listen. All programs are offered free of charge and include: Rattle and Chat; Chicka, Chicka Book Club; Read and Roll; Rhyme Time; Roaming Rhyme Time; Library Outreach; Winter Reading Club (All Ages); TD Summer Reading Club (All Ages); Maker Mondays – Creativity Zone/LEGO Club (All ages); Beavers Sleepover (Ages 5-7);  and Happening Homeschoolers; Open Play Area.

Town of Olds Library Board for their Cyber Seniors Program


Left to right: Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and Ceima Kemaldean, Computer Services Coordinator

The program pairs students from the high school with seniors in the community. Youth attend an interactive training workshop where topics included working with seniors, dispelling ageism, and typical questions with which seniors struggle. Preparing the youth was a key aspect of the program!  It is a partnership with the Olds Connected Communities Committee (OCC), Olds High School and the Olds Municipal Library. Students attend a training program at the beginning of the program that outlines important information for mentors. They receive an iPad manual or PC manual to give to their senior student once the program begins. Mentors are also encouraged to go above and beyond the provided material if seniors wish to learn more about technology or the world wide web.  The program brings seniors and youth together in a social face-to-face environment in the hopes that they will form lasting bonds and that seniors will increase their technical literacy.

City of Edmonton Library Board for their Exploring Reconciliation Series


Left to right:  Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Pilar Martinez, CEO; Linda Garvin, Executive Director, Customer Experience; Brian Heidecker, Board Chair

Edmonton Public Library’s Exploring Reconciliation Series was introduced in 2016 in response to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (the TRC) and its Calls to Action. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, the Exploring Reconciliation series provides an opportunity for Edmontonians to deepen their understanding of reconciliation and how it impacts Canada.

City of Airdrie Library Board for their smartlocker™ System


Left to right: Nicola Russell, Library Board Trustee; Jean Van Buren, Customer Service Manager/smartlocker™ Team Lead; Pam Medland, Library Director; Brad Pickering, Deput Minister, Municipal Affairs; Kelly Kirkpatrick-Lauzon, Deputy Director/Operations Manager

Airdrie Public Library is now able to extend library services by offering a second pickup location for reserved library materials by using smartlocker™ technology.  Library card holders can place online requests for materials and pick them up at Genesis Place. An automated return bin incorporated into the smartlocker™ unit allows return of library material at the same location. This innovative technology has expanded library services and making it more convenient and accessible to a larger number of citizens. The smartlocker™ service was made possible through the support of a number of partners and supporters.  The City of Airdrie played an instrumental role by providing free space at Genesis Place to house the smartlocker™ system. Marigold Library System supports the lockers and the library by providing IT support. Thanks to a generous donation by Airdrie Dodge, the library now has a cargo van to deliver items to the lockers. Ongoing free vehicle insurance was also generously provided by Air-Alta Insurance (Airdrie) Limited.

The winner of the YOU Libaries Award is:

Lac La Biche County Library Board for their Creating Young Readers Program


Left to right: Wanda Austin, Library Board Trustee; MJ Siebold, Library Board Trustee; Brad Pickering, Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs; Maureen Penn, Director; Loraine Anderton, Library Board Chair

The Lac La Biche County Libraries offer a variety of quality early literacy programs throughout the year. These programs address the specific needs of children from birth to five years old and are designed to ensure our youngest community members will enter school successfully; ready to learn to read, write and listen. All programs are offered free of charge and include: Rattle and Chat; Chicka, Chicka Book Club; Read and Roll; Rhyme Time; Roaming Rhyme Time; Library Outreach; Winter Reading Club (All Ages); TD Summer Reading Club (All Ages); Maker Mondays – Creativity Zone/LEGO Club (All ages); Beavers Sleepover (Ages 5-7);  and Happening Homeschoolers; Open Play Area.


 

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: 2017-05-02