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. To qualify, the coverage must appear in Canadian magazines, newspapers or journals, be heard on Canadian radio stations, be viewed on Canadian television, or be on Canadian web sites. Any OLA member may suggest a candidate for the award. The final decision rests with the OLA Board of Directors. 

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1  
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2020 Award Recipient


Stephen Hurley

VoicEd Radio
We are nominating Stephen Hurley and VoicEd Radio because of the ways Stephen and this Internet-based radio station positively promote libraries and especially school libraries. The mission statement of VoicEd Radio is to encourage provocative, respectful conversations that open up new ways of thinking about something that is familiar to all of us. In doing so, [we] hope  to help broaden and deepen the way we talk about schools, teaching and learning in the 21st century. VoicEd Radio has 102 podcasts / shows and many of them directly mention school libraries. We have listed just a few of the links in the section devoted to outlining the key accomplishments of VoicEd Radio related to the award. Diana Maliszewski, Toronto District School Board

2018 Award Recipient


TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Segment Producer: Mary Baxter
Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda on TVO recently hosted a round table discussion dedicated to the changing role of libraries.  The discussion featured perspectives from rural (Elgin County Public Library), medium (London Public Library) and large, urban (Toronto Public Library) systems. This episode elevated the discussion of libraries beyond books and focused on the community led aspects of our programming, collections and services. The conversation also dealt with our professional ethics and how to deal with the age of fake news. OLA Board 2017
OLA honours the producer of this segment, Mary Baxter, with this award.