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For Immediate Release

2009 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award Announced by the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques

(Ottawa, April 20, 2009) - The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce that the 2009 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is being presented to Barbara Clubb. The Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award is generously sponsored by Bowker.

As noted by one nominator, “For many people, Barbara Clubb’s name is synonymous  with outstanding service to libraries. There is no type of library or library service that is not of interest to her. Barb combines great intellect, energy and curiosity, all in support of providing the best possible service to library users. She is a library advocate at every opportunity, great or small.”

The fact that the Award Committee received two independent nominations for Ms. Clubb for this award, both heaping praise on her long list of accomplishments, is further testament to her leadership and vision in a career spanning over forty years in Canadian libraries.

  Advancing through positions in the Manitoba Public Library Service and the Alberta Library Services Branch with distinction, in 1990 Barb was appointed Director of Libraries, Ontario Ministry of Culture. In 1995 Ms. Clubb took on the challenging role of Chief Librarian for the Ottawa Public Library and with the amalgamation and creation of the new City of Ottawa in January 2001, became City Librarian responsible for all thirty-three branches in a greatly expanded system.

The Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award will be presented at the CLA/ACB Awards Ceremony, to be held Monday, June 1 during the CLA 2009 National Conference in Montreal, Quebec.

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:  Media Contact:  Gary Gibson, Chair, 2009 Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award Committee, (450) 458-0677, gary@gibsonlibraryconnections.ca


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