The Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) announced their professional awards at their annual conference on September 29 at the Rodd Grand Hotel and Conference Centre in Yarmouth.
The NSLA’s Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership recognizes library leadership in the Nova Scotia library community and is given in recognition of distinguished contributions of lasting significance to the promotion and development of library service in Nova Scotia. The award was presented to Laura Emery, CEO/Chief Librarian for Eastern Counties Regional Library. The award was given to Laura in recognition of her library leadership not only in the Eastern Counties Regional Library, but in the Nova Scotia-wide library community as well. The award particularly recognized Laura’s idea for and incomparable contribution to the creation, development and promotion of Nova Scotian authors and books in the 2017 library project, Reading Nova Scotia: 150 Books of Influence.
Another Eastern Counties staff was recognized. Kenneth David was given the Emile Theriault Library & Information Technology Award which recognizes the efforts of a library staff member who has made a major contribution to their library community. The award was given to Kenneth in recognition of his efforts and many contributions to the Petit de Grat library community.
Three student awards were given in 2018. The NSLA School of Information Management Graduate Award at Dalhousie University recognizes the achievement of a graduating student with high academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to libraries and information services. This year there were two worthy recipients; Christine Cousins and Adrienne Colborne each received the Award. The Library and Information Technology Student Award recognizes the achievement of a graduating student in the Nova Scotia Community College’s Library and Information Technology program. It is given for the greatest contribution to the overall program. This year’s recipient was Alison Holmes.