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Awards

The Manitoba Library Association recognizes and honours the exceptional achievements of Manitoba library students, workers, and supporters at the biannual Manitoba Libraries Conference with the following Awards:

Manitoba Library Technician of the Year Award
Library Service Award (Professional Category & Volunteer Category)
Library Trustee of Distinction Award
Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award

How to Make a Nomination

The deadline for 2020 award nominations is March 1, 2020.

Nominations should be submitted using the MLA Award Nomination Form. A letter of nomination must accompany the form and should illustrate why the nominee should be considered for the award.  All submissions need to be received on or before March 1st via email to awards@mla.mb.ca. Late or incomplete award nominations will not be considered.

All nominators and nominees should be members of the Manitoba Library Association.

A Committee will select the award recipients. The Committee may choose, at its discretion, not to present an award in any given year, to select more than one winner, and/or to identify a winner from the community when and if no applications are received in a given category.

Awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Library Technician of the Year Award

This award recognizes a Library Technician in Manitoba who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. A nominee must be a graduate of a recognized Library Technician program.

Past winners:

2019 – no nominations received
2018 – Chris Mailloux
2017 – Belinda Kotschorek
2016 – Gisele Robin
2015 – Darren Wesselius
2014 – Joan Baker
2013 – Teresa Armstrong
2012 – Cecile Lemoine
2011 – Alice Klumper
2010 – Edna Johnson
2009 – Marsha Bowyer
2007 – Catherine Taylor
2005 – Daisy Santos
2001 – Diana Stojanovic-Lewis

Library Support Worker of the Year Award

This award recognizes a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. The individual must be currently working in a library without holding a Library Technician Diploma or Master of Library Science.

Past winners:

2019 – Bev (Beverly) Dumach-Barnes
2018 – Pam Palcat
2017 – No Nominations Received
2016 – Eva Fleming
2015 – Gaitree Boyd
2014 – William Toms
2013 – Bruce Locken
2012 – Hung-Hsueh Shao
2011 – Sheila Evason
2010 – Colin Oakes
2009 – Lois Mabee

Library Service Award

This award recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the operation and development of libraries and library services in the province of Manitoba. The Library Service Awards are sponsored by the Manitoba Library Endowment Fund as part of the Fund’s work in encouraging excellence in Manitoba libraries. This Fund is administered through the Manitoba Library Association. Nominations celebrating the following are encouraged:

  • Professional library workers in Manitoba who have shown exemplary service over a long period or who have shown a contribution within a shorter period.
  • Volunteers who have shown a significant contribution to the operation or development of library services in Manitoba, perhaps as a trustee, fund-raiser, or volunteer worker.
  • Rising stars or individuals in Manitoba who have shown exceptional promise of leadership in the early years of their career through the contributions they have made to their library or to the profession.

Library Trustee of Distinction Award

The Trustee of Distinction Award recognizes outstanding participation in the advancement of public library trusteeship in Manitoba. Consideration is given to trustees who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, promotion of public libraries in their community and fostered education and development of Trustees. Please click here to read biographies of past winners.

Past winners:

2019 – Andrew Robert
2017 – Donna Kormilo
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – no nominations received
2012 – Conrad Artibise
2012 – Grace Schellenberg
2011 – no nominations received
2010 – Sandy Hyman
2010 – Ted Klassen
2009 – Bill Stilwell
2007 – Doug Deans
2006 – Mike Cook
2005 – Murray A. Smith
2004 – William (Bill) Shackel

Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award

This award is presented to a first-year student with the highest grades in library-related courses in the Red River College Library and Information Technology program. Selection is done by Instructors in the RRC LIT Program. The Scholarship and Awards Committee does not select the winner, though the award winner may be celebrated in news and ceremonies, or related celebrations, for all award winners.

Past winners:

2019 – Shauna Weiss
2018 – Lori Friesen
2017 – Melanie Rose
2016 – Erin Lougheed
2014 – Philip Enns
2012 – Justin Fuhr
2010 – Mikaela Oldenkamp
2000 – Kim Nelson
1998 – Ann Klassen & Nancy Voth
1996 – Moira Fentum
1994 – Marianne Prokopetz

The following awards have been discontinued:

Library Support Worker of the Year Award

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to a library technician who shows exceptional promise of leadership and has made a contribution to their library or to the profession. The individual must be a library technician who has graduated from a recognized program within the last 6 years.

Past winners:

2018 – Brita Enns-Kutcy
2017 – Krista Siemens
2016 – Sara Wilson
2015 – Dana Van Aert Pattrosson
2013 – Tara Watt
2011 – Elizabeth Stregger

Manitoba Library Innovation Award

This award identifies and celebrates people or groups who, through innovative thinking, have created or demonstrated improvements in library services.