Library Board Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements

Friday 25 May 2018

At last night’s Library Board of Western Australia Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia, the City of Armadale received the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Innovation and Excellence.

Caris Chamberlain, Shane Dowling, Chantay Mallett and Teena Miller were each awarded a bursary of the Kay Poustie Scholarship, and Claire Murphy was named the Australian Library and Information Association’s F.A. Sharr Award recipient. In addition, longtime members of the Library and Information Association (ALIA) were acknowledged for their continued support.

The 2018 Library Board of Western Australia Award for Innovation and Excellence was awarded to the City of Armadale Libraries for ConnectivED. Linked to the launch of the NBN in Armadale, ConnectivED was a pilot project with Telstra to provide free portable internet access to local, disadvantaged Year 11 and 12 students with aspirations of higher education. The project demonstrated the power of libraries working with business and the education sector to deliver positive outcomes for their communities.

Travel bursaries of the Kay Poustie Scholarship were awarded to Caris Chamberlain, Shane Dowling, Chantay Mallett and Teena Miller. Presented in partnership between the State Library of Western Australia and Public Libraries WA (PLWA), the bursaries enable library professionals to undertake study interstate and overseas to explore library services and best practice that can be applied to public libraries in Western Australia.

The Australian Library and Information Association bestowed the F.A. Sharr Award to Claire Murphy. The F.A. Sharr Award honours Francis Aubie Sharr, the State Librarian from 1953 to 1976, in recognition of his contribution to libraries and librarianship in Western Australia. The Award is for a recent graduate with the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to the library profession.

Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian, was excited to congratulate the award winners for 2018 “The work of libraries and library professionals impacts all West Australians. It is important that during Library and Information Week we recognise the invaluable contribution of libraries to our communities.”

The State Library hosted the Library Awards last night (Thursday, 24 May) during Library and Information Week, which runs from 21 to 27 May 2018.

Last updated on: 31 May 2018