Monday, April 21, 2014

Cunningham given award

Local library board chair Joyce Cunningham recently won the prestigious James Bain Medallion.
This annual province-wide award recognizes and honours the best contributions and efforts of board members who govern public libraries.

It is for a “library board member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in governing a public library in Ontario,” according to the Ontario Library Association.
Cunningham received the award at the annual Ontario Library Super Conference last Thursday in Toronto.
Eligibility is based on the candidate having significant contributions in at least two of the following criteria:
•demonstrated cohesive leadership in library governance resulting in an effective and responsible library board;
•significant accomplishments toward the advancement of library services, and the development and implementation of sound policies;
•strong advocacy for the significance and importance of the library’s role in community development, and for strengthening the image of the library as a contributor to the economic and cultural development of the city, town, or county;
•awareness of the changing needs of the community and evidence of community partnerships;
•demonstration of good judgement in implementing ideas which have increased service delivery and efficiency;
•ability to motivate, inspire, and influence civic or provincial leaders to ensure the library meets the informational, educational, and recreational needs of all citizens with adequate financial support; and
•awareness and vision of innovations and opportunities available within the library sector to meet the needs of their future patrons.
James Bain was the first president of the Ontario Library Association in 1901 and chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library.

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