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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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. 

2017 Award Recipient


Anne Marie Madziak

Southern Ontario Library Service    
Anne Marie is dedicated to the profession and promotion of librarianship both within and beyond the borders of our sector. Specifically, her contributions to Municipal World magazine describing our profession and the people who work within it support the award's goals of presenting "libraries and librarians in a constructive light, breaking down stereotypical images often associated with the profession".
By focusing the municipal lens on the library, our services and staff and the contributions libraries make to their communities, Anne Marie has successfully raised awareness in the most positive and proactive way. Her message effectively acts as an advocacy tool with the stakeholder groups who are most often responsible for making funding decisions for library services. Rebecca Raven, CEO, Brampton Library