Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence
The Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence recognises excellence and innovation in the library sector by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia. The award is open to all areas of the library industry, including academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as to other individuals and organisations who have an impact on the promotion, provision and support of library services in Western Australia.
This annual award reflects the Library Board's leadership role in guiding and encouraging the promotion of all library services throughout the State. It is awarded for a particular service, event, program, piece of research or partnership. The award is judged on the following criteria:
- Innovation – describe how the nominated achievement is innovative and original.
- Implementation – explain how the nominated achievement was planned, managed, implemented and evaluated.
- Impact – describe the extent and impact of the nominated achievement, and how it has contributed to the promotion, provision or support for library services in WA.
The Award is for recent activity, rather than long and meritorious service, and for 2013 the achievement is to be completed in the previous year 2012.
The Award recognises a broad spectrum of library related work, and is not restricted to libraries and librarians. The Library Board encourages nominations from all areas of the library industry and related sectors.
Prize money of $5,000 will be awarded, with the winner announced in Library and Information Week 2013 (20 - 26 May).
Nominations for the 2014 award will open in February 2014. A link to the nomination form and conditions of entry will be posted on this page.
The 2013 winner was Curtin University Library for their Virtual Bookshelf Technology. The University’s Virtual Bookshelf technology provides Curtin clients with a convenient browsing experience combining both physical and virtual book collections into one seamless display. As libraries purchase more digital books, while decreasing the number of physical books, it is difficult to promote these new resources to clients. This technology enables the library to showcase all collections in a bright, attractive way.
This experience will soon be made available to library clients throughout Australia and internationally, with Curtin making the technology freely and openly available to others. The site can be found at http://bookshelf.library.curtin.edu.au/newbooks.
The Eaton Community Library was also recognised with a Highly Commended Certificate for their Books Alive event, which promoted the value and pleasure of reading and sharing stories with children of all ages.
The 2012 winner was the City of Fremantle for their Outdoor Reading Room project. This program helped transform Kings Square (adjacent to the Fremantle City Library) from an area known for anti social behaviour into a social hub with a lively atmosphere. It was the venue not only for Fremantle’s launch of the National Year of Reading, but for many other library activities including author talks, children’s story time, the library’s quarterly book sale, and a poet’s breakfast.
It had such a positive impact on community spirit that due to popular demand, use of the outdoor reading room was extended to the end of April.
For more information about the Award please contact Adrian Bowen on (08) 9427 3341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated: Monday 27 May 2013