Provo, Utah – The Ontario Library Awards were announced recently and epixtech Canadian customers were big winners in a number of categories.
OLA President Michael Ridley was on hand to present the President's Award for Exceptional Achievement. The spotlight this year was on “Amalgamation Super Heroes” – six different public libraries and school boards created through government-mandated amalgamation. We are proud to point out that each of the six award winners are epixtech customers including:
- Hamilton Public Library led by Ken Roberts/li>
- Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Learning Resources Centre led by Liz Kerr
- Ottawa Public Library, led by Barbara Clubb
- Thames Valley District School Board Library and Media Services led by Marlene Turkington
- Toronto District School Board Library and Learning Resources led by Esther Rosenfeld
- Toronto Public Library led by Josephine Bryant
The award recognizes the extraordinary job that each of these libraries accomplished in amalgamating operations and the substantial commitment and efforts required not only in meeting the challenge but also actually improving programs and services. The staff at epixtech was involved in every one of these amalgamation projects and can attest to the libraries' outstanding efforts in exceeding all expectations and creating a merged library operation.
Other epixtech customer award winners include Vaughan Public Libraries, which received the Minister's Award of Excellence, Markham Public Library, which won the Angus Mowat Award, and the Toronto Public Library, recipient of the Ontario Library and Information Technology Annual Award for the creation of the Historicity gateway on the Virtual Reference Library.
Another highlight was the election of Elizabeth Kerr, Educational Services Consultant for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, as the OLA Vice-President/President-Elect 2003. In addition to winning this OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement, Ms. Kerr has an impressive list of achievements; she is a former Ontario School Library Association President and OLA Distinguished Service Award winner (1999). She currently sits on the OLA Board of Directors' Special Task Force on School Libraries, is working on the development of the Ontario Digital Library and has been active in creating school curriculum to name just a few of her accomplishments.
epixtech congratulates each of these award winners. Your outstanding efforts are an inspiration to other libraries and are indicative of your unwavering commitment to better serve your patrons.
Further information on the OLA awards may be found on the official OLA website at www.accessola.org/action.