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OLA Larry Moore Distinguished Service Award
The OLA Board of Directors bestows an honourary life membership on a
member who has made an outstanding contribution to the libraries of
Ontario through his or her work within the Association. The work done
must be seen as significant by members from more than one type of
|| OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement
The President's Award for Exceptional Achievement acknowledges an
outstanding action or contribution that has in a major or unique way
enhanced or furthered librarianship in Ontario. The selection is at the
full discretion of the President of the OLA. Awards are only given if
there is something of true historic significance to recognize.
OLA Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award
The Ontario Library Association Board of Directors established the Award
for Intellectual Freedom in 1997 to recognize the courage shown by
individuals and organizations in defending the rights of library patrons
to full access to information. In 2000, the Award was renamed the Les
Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award in memory of the former Chief
Librarian of Toronto Public Library whose efforts on behalf of
intellectual freedom in Canada are legendary.
||OLA Media and Communications Award
The OLA Media and Communications Award was established to reward
individuals and companies that present libraries and librarians in a
constructive light, breaking down stereotypical images often associated
with the profession.
OLA Technical Services Award
The Ontario Library Association recognizes the Ontario librarian,
teacher-librarian, technician, library worker or department who has made
a substantial achievement to their institution and/or the library
profession in the area of technical services.
||OLA Archival and Preservation Achievement Award
The Ontario Library Association recognizes Ontario-based individuals
and institutions who have made significant achievements on a personal
or institutional level in the field of preservation and/or conservation
for library and/or archival materials.
||OLA Library Building Award
To recognize excellence in library building projects in Ontario. Two
categories: New Library Buildings and Library Architectural and Design
||OLA Champion Award
This award has been developed to recognize unique partnerships with the
Ontario Library Association. This partnership must demonstrate
significant contributions and commitment to the association, its
programs and services through this venture. This individual,
corporation, group or association has provided connections, support and
exposure outside the regular OLA audience adding great value to the
|Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship
The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was previously offered by the Canadian Library Association (CLA). OLA began to administer the award after CLA's dissolution in 2016 . This award is presented to a candidate that has demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship.