Diversifying Libraries Award

The Diversifying Libraries Award was launched in 2021 to align with Nova Scotia Library Association’s commitment to action toward racial justice. In offering the scholarship, we hope to contribute to the diversification of the library field within Nova Scotia through supporting access and success of students who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour.

The Diversifying Libraries Award provides one incoming student in the Master of Information program at Dalhousie University or the Library and Information Technology at Nova Scotia Community College with:

  • an entrance scholarship, amount to be determined annually (minimum, $500; in 2021, the amount is $1000)

  • an award certificate

  • one-year NSLA membership

  • one-year NSLA conference registration


The sole awarding criteria for the Diversifying Libraries Award will be self-identification as an incoming student who is Indigenous, Black or a Person of Colour, with priority given to Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian students.

How to apply

If you self-identify as Indigenous, Black, or a Person of Colour and have been accepted into the Master of Information program at Dalhousie or the Library and Information Technology program at NSCC, you can apply. Applicants must submit their letter of program acceptance and a 500-word statement articulating why you want to be a part of the library community (by email to vice.president@nsla.ns.ca)


June 30, 2021 4 pm (ADT)

Recipient will be notified by August 1 and the award will be presented to the applicant upon proof of registration.

For more information about the Diversifying Libraries Award, please contact vice.president@nsla.ns.ca