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For Immediate Release

The Canadian Library Association Announces Winner of the
CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology

(Ottawa, May 7, 2010) Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce that the 2010 recipient of the CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology is Knowledge Ontario [KO].  The award is given in recognition of both the breath and depth and equity of access KO initiatives have brought to the province of Ontario.

KO is changing the way library operations are used and promoted throughout Ontario.  In addition, innovative marketing and promotion have changed and will continue to change the way libraries, librarians and library services and workers are perceived and valued by their communities and the general public.  The vision represented by Knowledge Ontario and the leadership of the Knowledge Ontario team is exemplary and world class and can serve as a model for libraries globally on achieving their future success for all types of libraries.  Indeed, one of the innovations of Knowledge Ontario is that it integrates the needs of all types of libraries, academic, college, school, government and public.

Several of the Knowledge Ontario strategic pillars are already well on their way to becoming expected services to provide equity of service to all Ontarian and Ontario libraries, large or small, rural or urban, French or English, any type of library and any demographic of user. This is an awesome representation of the values of libraries to serve their communities!

The CLA/Information Today Award is presented annually to honour a member or members of CLA for innovative use and application of technology in a Canadian library setting.  The Award is generously sponsored by Information Today, Inc. and will be presented at the CLA 2010 National Conference & Trade Show in Edmonton, Alberta at the Shaw Conference Centre, June 2 - 5, 2010.

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.

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Media Contact:   Lisa Radha Weaver, Chair, CLA/Information Today Award Committee
Tel: (416) 395-5166; Email: lisa.weaver@tdsb.on.ca