OCULA Award for Special Achievement

The OCULA Award for Special Achievement honours exceptional achievement(s) in at least one of the following areas over the past 2 years:
  • Service to OLA/OCULA and any other library organization, or
  • Research and publication in areas of academic librarianship, or
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others.
To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2017 Award Recipients



Western University, Queen's University, University of Toronto

Student2Scholar is a suite of ten online, self paced learning modules designed to help graduate students in the social sciences develop core academic literacies and research skills. The quality and depth of the content helps strengthen library instruction to social science graduate students, and a facilitator's guide helps instructors incorporate Student2Scholar content into class curriculum. Developed under a Creative Commons license, the modules are publicly available and adaptable, and have already been accessed by people from all continents. Student2Scholar supports library instruction to graduate student in disciplines beyond the social sciences, and serves as a model to other library professionals for its creative adaptation and application of the principles from the ACRL's Framework for Higher Education. OCULA Council 2016


La Casita Azul

York University Libraries

La Casita Azul fosters the research pursuits of York University students in Costa Rica, while also acting as a resource centre for local residents to learn about research being pursued in their own community. It enhances York students' field courses at the Las Nubes EcoCampus by enabling access to library materials in English and Spanish. It also facilitates interactions with the local community by using the space for workshops events. La Casita Azul is an example of a successful and innovative community outreach model for anyone striving to plan or implement library programs through library and research centres based in remote satellite campus locations. OCULA Council 2016

2016 Award Recipient


Colin Clarke

Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents

Colin embodies the very best qualities of librarianship, helpfulness, creativity, viewing the viability of the profession over the long term and creating sustainability in every facet of the projects he has been involved with. By capturing ancient, classical texts, he and his fellow scholars are preserving Earth's cultural memory. The development of a low cost solar powered dehumidifier will ensure the safety and preservation of thousands of print copies of library/ archive materials in developing countries. It doesn't get better than that in managing humanity's information resources. Peter Duerr, York University