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2018 Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Library Service

Awards to Alberta Public Libraries for
Distinction and Innovation in Library Service

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Government of Alberta, Municipal Affairs

Deadline Date:

02/23/18 4:30 PM


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Awards to Alberta public library boards for the demonstration of excellence and innovation in public library service. Applications will be considered if evidence supports that the nominated services have been successfully implemented or completed.

Selection criteria will include:
- Quality of service delivered;
- Quality of planning;
- Fit of service with community needs; and
- Availability of information such as use statistics.

These awards pertain to library services, which are defined as library activities and resources that provide a direct benefit to the public.

Examples of a library service include: collections for borrowing, programs for the public, outreach, and interlibrary loan.

Examples of library activities that are not a service include: internal support functions such as cataloging, fundraising, and public relations/marketing.

A maximum of five awards will be granted each year:
- A jury will adjudicate up to four awards. Recipients will be determined based on their demonstrated example of excellence and/or innovation in delivering library services.
- One award, the YOU Libraries Award, will be adjudicated by popular vote, open to all Albertans to choose their favorite. All nominations received that meet the Minister’s Awards criteria will automatically be eligible for the YOU Libraries Award (voting will occur March 19-23, 2018). A separate nomination form is not required.

Awards are granted to the board of the library or system delivering the service being recognized.

Winning library boards must deliver services in a coordinated and planned manner that is responsive to community needs:
- The service under consideration for an award must respond to documented community needs, preferably as specified in a plan of service based on a community needs assessment.
- If based upon collaboration with partners or outside organizations, there must be established parameters for collaboration, and evidence of mutual benefit.

Information about the library service being nominated may be shared freely with other libraries.
- Award nominees must agree to allow Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) to publicly announce and share information about the service which has been nominated (including pictures of the winners with their awards).

Award recipients must be prepared to allocate reasonable resources (staff time and expertise, administrative costs, etc.) for the sharing of information about the library service with other libraries.


Each winner will receive:
- A sculpture and certificate;
- Recognition by the Minister and presentation of the award at the Alberta Library Conference in Jasper; and
- Expenses for travel, accommodations, and general conference registration (excluding pre-conference) paid by PLSB for one representative of each winning library board to attend the Alberta Library Conference.

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GrantWatch ID#: 144811

Number of Grants:

A maximum of five awards will be granted each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Awards are open to all public and system library boards in Alberta.
- Nominated library boards must comply with current legislation and generally accepted library policy and operational standards.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations will be open from December 1, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. to February 23, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The winners will be notified in writing of the selection committee’s decision at the beginning of April 2018.

The awards will be presented at the Alberta Library Conference on April 27, 2018.

Adjudication of the Minister’s Awards will be by a jury of staff selected from and/or by PLSB.

Library boards can apply or be nominated for the Minister’s Awards.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Packages and any other information can be emailed to:

Karen Petch, Branch Information Coordinator

Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch

803, Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4R7

Phone: 780-427-4871
Fax: 780-415-8594

For toll free calls anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000, then enter the number.

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