2014 Frances Morrison Award of Merit
Recipient: Joylene Campbell
The SLA Frances Morrison Award of Merit for outstanding service to libraries is given in the name of one of Saskatchewan's exceptional librarians. This award is open to all, individuals or institutions or groups, and not restricted to professional librarians or SLA members. It is an award for outstanding service to libraries.
The recipient for 2014 is Joylene Campbell. Joylene devoted over 30 years of service to Saskatchewan libraries during which time she showed a deep appreciation of the fundamental principles of librarianship: access to information, freedom of information, lifelong learning, and literacy, performing important leadership roles in many capacities including Saskatchewan Provincial Librarian (1999-2011). She played a key role in the development of public and province-wide library services and had a direct hand in the majority of province-wide milestones over the last 15 years. The list includes but is not limited to shepherding the development of the Multitype Library Board, establishing the funding mechanism for the Multitype Database Licensing Program, spearheading the effort to exempt library electronic resources form the Provincial Sales Tax (a first for Canada), and establishing the Single Integrated Library System (SILS) for Saskatchewan Public Libraries. Joylene Campbell had a strong vision for the development of 21st century library services and worked passionately to ensure that all Saskatchewan residents would have access to information through a vibrant province-wide library system.
2014 Honourary Life Membership Award
Recipient: Linda Winkler
The Honourary Life Membership Award is conferred upon anyone who has made a substantial and recognizable long-standing contribution to SLA and/or library service in Saskatchewan. As a member of SLA for life, the recipient has full voting privileges, does not pay annual dues, receives all Association publications, and may serve on committees. As well, this membership entitles the recipient to discounts at all SLA functions and workshops.
Linda Winkler, the 2014 recipient, recently retired after 38 years of service at the University of Regina Library. Her career includes numerous contributions at the local, provincial, and national levels. Locally, she has served generations of students and faculty as both a cataloguer and in roles such as reference services, liaison librarian services, and special collections duties. Provincially she served many years on the Board of the SLA and has held office on the Board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards. One of her notable contributions has been as an advocate on labour issues and collective bargaining rights for academic librarians, both locally through the University of Regina Faculty Association and nationally through her work with the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Academic librarians in Saskatchewan and across the country have better working conditions because of Ms. Winkler's tireless work.
2014 Maureen Woods Education Bursary
Recipient: Lisa Worobec
In 2002 SLA, along with the Provincial Library, Saskatchewan Learning, and the Multitype Library Board, established the Saskatchewan Libraries Education Bursary to promote the continued growth of professional librarianship in the province of Saskatchewan. It was renamed the Maureen Woods Education Bursary in 2013. The Bursary is a grant given annually towards completion of a graduate degree program in Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). It is open to all students currently enrolled in, or accepted to, an ALA accredited graduate degree program in a Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent.
The recipient for 2014 is Lisa Worobec. She is from Saskatoon and has experience in both a library and research environment. She is passionate about the library as a support for lifelong learning, literacy, community building and providing access to culture and information. Her goal is to become a librarian in a public library focused on children, youth or literacy and community outreach or in an academic library setting.
She has worked for Saskatoon Public Library, is involved with many volunteer endeavours and co-chaired public relations for the 2013 SLA conference. She completed her Master of Arts in English from McMaster University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, in English and Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. She wishes to use the bursary funds towards completing her Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
2014 Mary Donaldson Award of Merit
Recipient: Gail Lasiuk
The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit was established in 1977 to recognize library support workers and the essential services that they perform in Saskatchewan libraries. In 1985, the Mary Donaldson Trust Fund was established as a separate education fund with a charitable tax exemption number (0784595-50). It is administered by the Mary Donaldson Memorial Trust Fund Trustees on behalf of SLA. The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit is a bursary given annually since 1977 to a graduating Library Technician student enrolled at a library education institution in Saskatchewan.
The recipient of the 2014 Mary Donaldson Award of Merit is Gail Lasiuk, from Saskatoon, who is completing her second year in the Library and Information Technology Diploma Program at Kelsey Campus of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Gail has maintained grades in good standing, has worked part-time at the University of Saskatchewan, and has been involved in many professional activities as a volunteer. She says, "I believe that public services are one of the strongest means to improving social justice in Canadian society...public libraries promote literacy at every age level."