This award, the highest honour granted by CLA, may be given annually by the Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques for distinguished service in the field of Canadian librarianship. The contribution made by the recipient should represent an achievement which is outstanding in its own field, and of lasting significance in the development of Canadian library service. The contribution may be for service of various kinds, ranging from local projects to those of national scope and may cover any type of library activity.

Personal members of the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques, or former members who have retired, are eligible for the award.

This prestigious award includes the following benefits:

  • Lifetime Membership in CLA
  • Complimentary CLA Conference Registration

If sponsored, it also includes:

  • Travel & Accommodation to CLA Conference
  • Presentation Plaque


  • Letter of nomination
  • a CV for the nominee
  • three additional letters of reference should be sent to:

CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award Jury
c/o Canadian Library Association
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
: (613) 232-9625 ext 301
Fax: (613) 563-9895

E-mail: info (at)

Nominations deadline: February 28 Annually

View a list of Past Winners