OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award

To recognize an individual working in libraries in Ontario who has made an outstanding contribution to academic or research library development.

The OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award honours exceptional achievements in the following areas:

  • Service to library committees, associations or organizations, and
  • Scholarly activities in areas of academic librarianship (e.g. conference presentations, research, publications, editing a book, blogging, etc.) and
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others.
In addition, this award honours an individual who has served as a role model or mentor in academic libraries.

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
For questions or more information, contact [email protected]

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2018 Award Recipient


Gladys Watson

Centennial College Libraries
Gladys Watson's commitment to equity and inclusion, and her emphasis on continual renewal has positioned the library at the heart of Centennial College. Gladys was instrumental in acquiring the John and Molly Pollock Holocaust Collection.  She established a secure archive for the rare materials and digitized select materials. Under Gladys' direction the library has engaged annually in the United Jewish Federation's Holocaust Education Week. This event enriches the learning experiences of Centennial students. Gladys piloted the College's laptop lending program in 2003 with 25 laptops. The program has expanded to circulate 97,000 laptops each year, a growing collection of emerging technologies and a 3D printing service. This program has democratized access to technology for all students. In 2014, Gladys recognized the need to offer learning strategies and enhance math supports in the Library Learning Centres. She succeeded, increasing the number of learning strategists and opening the Centennial College Math Drop-in Centre. Today, Centennial's Learning Centres provide more than 25,000 tutoring and learning strategies appointments for students at 4 campus libraries. Even in retirement, Gladys continues to strive for excellence in libraries. Emily Tufts, Centennial College Libraries

2017 Award Recipient


Anne Dondertman

University of Toronto Libraries
In recognition of Anne's outstanding contributions to OLA, OCULA and the broader library community, Anne is awarded the OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award. Anne has fostered an environment of innovation and experimentation, putting the University of Toronto's Fisher Library at the forefront of digitization initiatives and forward-thinking platform such as AtoM, a transformative tool for archive collections. Anne is a respected mentor to librarians and colleagues alike, and encouraged others to focus on forward-thinking service initiatives that were proactive and supported users well beyond the University of Toronto Libraries' network. OCULA Council 2016