OPLA Awards

Awards offered to current members of the Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA). 
NEW! All award nominations are now accepted through online forms. Please see each individual award for more information. 
Nominations are due on November 1 except for the Children's and Youth Services Award and the Advocacy in Action Award, due April 30.
For more information, contact awards@accessola.com.

James Bain Medallion
(Public Library Board Member of the Year) The James Bain Medallion is awarded to a library board member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in governing a public library in Ontario.
OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a library staff member who has given lifelong service to the profession and has contributed significantly to the growth and innovation of public libraries in Ontario.
OPLA Children's or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award 
The Children's or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award is given to honour a children's or youth librarian who has made a positive impact on children's or youth services librarianship. 
OPLA Leadership in Adult Readers' Advisory 
OPLA’s Award for Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory is an initiative of the Readers’ Services Sub-Committee of OPLA.  The purpose of this award is to honour excellence in readers' advisory service to adults. 
OPLA Advocacy in Action: Excellence in Children's or Teen Services Award 
This award is to honour excellent library staff working with children or youth. The award can be given to an individual or group. It can be a service-based project, a unique program, a community partnership, an outreach endeavor or an advocacy effort that you feel should be recognized and celebrated. 
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.