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For Immediate Release

Wendy Newman named 2010 recipient of CLA/Ken Haycock Award

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(Ottawa, May 7, 2010) Wendy Newman, Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, has been named 2010 recipient of the CLA/Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. This award of $1000 honours individuals who have demonstrated exceptional success in enhancing public recognition and appreciation of librarianship. The award is funded jointly by the Canadian Library Association and past CLA president, Ken Haycock.

Ms. Newman’s career spans over 40 years and includes such roles as Head of Circulation at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and Chief Executive Officer at Brantford Public Library – a position she held for nearly a decade. She has mentored countless librarians through her participation in Northern Exposure to Leadership Institutes (NELI), CLA’s Library Advocacy Now! training program and her current role as Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Studies.

Newman’s tireless work in advocating the importance and relevance of libraries to government – both federal and provincial – convinced the committee of her merit for this award.  As sole librarian on two national bodies – the National Broadband Task Force and the Smart Communities Blue Ribbon Panel – Ms Newman volunteered her time and expertise to ensure, in perpetuity, an integral position for libraries in Canada’s infrastructure, and for librarians as expert resources in the digital age.

Newman also served as president of both the Canadian Library Association and Canadian Association of Public Libraries. She is currently Vice-Chair (formerly Chair) of the Media Awareness Network (MNet), a Canadian non-profit aimed at developing media and digital literacy.

CLA/Ken Haycock Award committee chair Melanie Boyd says, “This award is intended to recognize activities that exceed those typically performed by librarians, no matter how meritorious. The committee unanimously agreed that Ms. Newman’s contributions go “above and beyond”, and epitomize what this award represents.”

Newman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University, and both a Bachelor and Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto.  In addition to her position at the University of Toronto, she is a consultant in public policy relevant to libraries and learning, and library planning.

The CLA/Haycock Award will be presented to Ms. Newman on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the CLA’s National Conference and Trade Show in Edmonton.

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:  Melanie A. Boyd
E-mail: maboyd@ucalgary.ca


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