The Pickering Public Library has just won the 2019 Minister’s Award for Innovation at the annual Ontario Library Association conference and awards gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Pickering was shortlisted for both the Minister’s Award for Innovation for their digital outreach program, and the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for their learning organization model.
The Ontario Public Library Service Awards are available through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The awards identify and promote creative public library service ideas. There are two types of awards each with categories for large, medium, and small libraries:
The Minister’s Award for Innovation recognizes successful new approaches that demonstrate a positive impact in a community and are of continued value to public libraries. The Angus Mowat Award of Excellence recognizes a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service; these services can be old or new and can be ongoing.
Pickering Public Library Connect had a significant impact on residents showcasing the public library as an essential partner in bridging the digital divide in the community. By providing equitable and convenient access to internet resources and technology training, the library helps ensure that all members in the City of Pickering are able to effectively access library resources.