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: Accepting nominations early spring
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2018 Award Recipient


Catherine Coles

County of Lennox & Addington Libraries

Catherine is an avid reader who has made an ongoing contribution to readers’ advisory locally and provincially. On a personal note, while Catherine worked at the Haliburton County Public Library as Branch Services Librarian, I was off for a year doing cancer treatments. Catherine was instrumental in my healing through making sure I had books to read that would entertain, enlighten and educate me. Catherine knows her stuff! Her professional life includes inspiring and supporting L & A staff to develop their own skills by encouraging them to write staff picks for the website and newspaper, attend training days and through posts on the workplace bulletin board. Countless others have been educated in readers’ advisory through her instruction at Mohawk College teaching Genre Fiction and Readers’ Advisory Service. While at HCPL Catherine created the Celebrity Reader column which won the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence in 2012. Sherrill Sherwood, Haliburton County Public Library

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.