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 and implemented. How was the nominated achievement evaluated?

Impact – provide evidence of 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 2015 the achievement is to be completed in the previous year 2014. Prize money of $5,000 is awarded to the winner.

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.

2015 Winner

The 2015 winner was Curtin University Library for their Curtin AHEAD in School game-based learning activities. The program was designed as part of the federally funded Curtin AHEAD (Addressing Higher Education Disadvantage) in School education program, which aims to introduce high school students from low socio-economic backgrounds to campus life and encourage them to aspire to a university education.

The learning activities use game based learning and augmented reality technology to teach high school students digital and information literacy skills. The program involves library staff assisting students to use variety of educational apps and technologies which encourage students to engage with the library's collections and resources, while improving their information searching, evaluation and referencing skills in an enjoyable way.

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2014 Winner

The 2014 winner was The Grove Library for the local heritage mobile apps, 'History in your Pocket' and the 'Peppermint Grove History Trail'.

'History in your Pocket' showcases a sample of the local history collection, allowing users to listen to interviews with local people or view images and read stories describing life from the late 1800s through to modern life. The 'Peppermint Grove History Trail' uses the libraries archival material to provide users with historic images and narration about points of interest viewable along the heritage trail.

Both apps showcase how libraries can utilise new technology and software to create a digital presence and allow the community to interact with heritage material in a new, innovative way. The apps can be found at

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2013 Winner

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

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.

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2012 Winner

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.

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2011 Winner

The 2011 winner was the City of Wanneroo with their 'Books in a Bag' program. The program provides sets of resources that book clubs can access, including book clubs in remote areas and from other library systems. The sets contain multiple copies of selected titles, an audio book where available and a resource sheet that contains discussion questions and further information about the author and the book.

By providing a convenient and comprehensive service, 'Books in a Bag' has reduced the barriers involved in starting and maintaining a book club, encouraging participants to share the experience of reading. The program also contributes to the public library structural reform outcomes of a literate and learning community and provides a highly valued and utilised community service.

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