Leadership in Adult Readers' Advisory

OPLA’s Award for Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory is an initiative of the Readers’ Services Sub-Committee of OPLA.  The purpose of this award is to honour excellence in readers' advisory service to adults.

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by March 9, 2018
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2016 Award Recipient


Amy Colson

Meadowvale Library, Mississauga Library System

Amy Colson is a strong advocate for readers and for readers’ advisory services in the Mississauga Library System. As an avid reader for most of her life, she has used public libraries to support and feed her habit and as a place to share her passion with others. She is never without a book (or two or three…) and she is always excited to engage in a conversation about books or reading, share her recommendations or hear about what others have been reading. Amy has participated on various RA initiatives such as system training, conference presentations, collection development, book club and RA committees and the very popular Raves & Faves collection project. Amy is a deserving winner of this award as she is dedicated to reading, readers and importance of readers’ advisory in libraries every day.

2015 Award Recipient


Bessie Sullivan

Huntsville Public Library

Bessie has been and is a fierce advocate for Reader's Advisory for years.  She is voracious reader, dedicated not only to getting the right books into people’s hands, but to furthering the principles of Reader’s Advisory and instilling them in her staff (and friends and families and… you, should you cross her path). Bessie cannot help herself! Her natural love of reading spills over to almost every interaction Bessie has. It doesn’t matter if it is fiction or non-fiction, Bessie is going to find a way to talk about it and get people totally engaged by books and the library.  Bessie leads by example. She is a wonderful mentor seeking every avenue to ensure people have what they need to find the book they want. She always ensures that staff has the same opportunity to develop their Reader’s Advisory expertise to develop relationships with patrons in order to find them that perfect read. Pam Harris, CEO, Mississippi Mills Public Library.