Technology Advancing Libraries Award  

The Technology Advancing Libraries Award recognizes a project that demonstrates leadership in the application of technology to benefit library users, enhance library operations, and extend partnerships. The award is presented annually at the OLITA AGM during the OLA Super Conference. 

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
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Sample Submission

2020 Award Recipient


Tim Boudreau

Lougheed Middle School, Peel District School Board

We are nominating Tim and the podcasting work at Lougheed Middle School because it represents all the potential that technology brings to the students and communities we serve.  Providing staff and students with an innovative way to share their ideas within the school community and beyond is central feature to a thriving school library learning commons. Students who may struggle with more traditional forms of expression can easily access the technology of podcasting and have their voices not only heard, but also valued. Partnering with VoiceEd Canada to share the students' Forest of Reading podcast to a larger audience is an incredible support for this OLA run program and to the various authors who have participated thus far. Jennifer Brown, OSLA President 2019

2019 Award Recipient


Jonathon Hodge for Tor Browser Pilot 

Toronto Public Library

Jonathon has been central to the successful navigation of this pilot project right from initial conception, through various committees and approvals, to trouble-shooting and successful deployment. He has written all of the publicity, messaging, and educational documents related to this service launch and continues to be the public face of TPL's digital privacy efforts, of which this technology pilot is a core component. His contributions have addressed any and all stakeholder concerns, and he has activated and motivated his colleagues to embrace a role as privacy advocates at the point-of-service. Finally, he organized the public launch events for this pilot, including stewarding Tor Project's co-founder Roger Dingledine through four distinct events over three days with TPL decision-makers and staff, our public, and a community event with InfoSec professionals and hackers. This combination of effort has been a large reason for the success of this venture. Heather Mathis, Toronto Public Library