OLA Award for Technical Service

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. This award is about recognizing those who help with the efficiencies and improved access to materials. Awards like this foster innovation, create an environment to share ideas and support high morale among technical service workers. Keys areas of contribution that could be, but not limited to, considered for a nominee(s) are:

ADVANCEMENT. Contribution to the technical services field through the development, application and/or utilization of new and/or improved formats, methods, techniques, equipment and routines

LEADERSHIP. Significant contribution to the technical services profession through involvement in organizations, publication or research. Implantation of a special project, program or service

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT. Individuals who have made long-standing contributions to the profession who deserve recognition by peers

MENTORING. Training and professional mentoring in the field of technical services.

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 Recipient


Aida Rudnik

Hamilton Public Library

For over thirty years, Aida has been an advocate for innovation in the area of technical service at the Hamilton Public Library (HPL). Since joining the HPL as a Multilingual Cataloguing Librarian to her current role as Manager of Technical Services, Aida has continually demonstrated leadership and commitment to innovation in technical service. Aida's focus on the future extends not only to improvements for our customers but also to her team and the organization as a whole. Lita Barrie, Director Collections & Youth Services, Hamilton Public Library

2016 Award Recipient


Lisa Radha Weaver

Library Learning Resources, Tippett Centre
Toronto District School Board

As Coordinator of Library Technical Services at the TDSB, the largest school board in the country, Lisa has demonstrated innovation and creativity in seeing her vision of what a school library system can be to reality. Since 2005, she has worked collaboratively with a dedicated LTS team, the talented Library and Learning Resources team, superintendents, school trustees and, of course, teacher librarians to create the best, and most loved, Library Technical Services in the country. Lisa would never take credit for these accomplishments, instead deferring to her team and perhaps a quote recently posted on her twitter account which reads, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit”. While this quote could be Lisa’s mantra, I hope that she doesn’t mind getting the credit this one time. She deserves this recognition for her outstanding contributions to librarianship and library technical services. Joel Krentz, Teacher Librarian, Toronto District School Board